Handspun Skeins Competition

The 2017 competition will be judged by local Master Spinner Jo-Anne Tabachek. 

Our 2016 Handspun Skeins Competition was a big success.  Many attendees admired the entries on display and imagined the skeins they might submit.
It’s easy to submit!  We invite all skill levels to participate.  Check out the technical details on the festival website. We’ll post updates soon. Here are the basics you’ll need to know as you spin your fibre:

1) We offer many categories for judging: Singles, 2-ply, 3 or more plies, and Novelty/Art yarns.  We also have a category for yarns spun from a raw wool fleece, alpaca blanket, or other raw animal fibre (Calling all Angora rabbit keepers… Or, how furry is your dog?).

2) For each category, the fibre must be at least half animal fibre.  (We prefer animal fibres because these are currently the most common for Manitoba spinners.)  For the raw-source category, the yarn must be entirely from a single source (one animal).

3) Please spin at least 2oz of fibre.

That’s all you need to know as you begin your spinning projects! Go fondle some fibre and spin some yarns. Local Master Spinner Jo-Anne Tabachek is our judge. We look forward to seeing what you share with our fibre arts community!

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  •  Handspun Divisions

1) Singles – Must be at least 50% animal fibre. Must be a finished yarn, not to be plied.

  •                    1a) Lace to DK weight.
  •                    1b) Worsted weight to bulky.

2) 2-Ply yarn – Must be at least 50% animal fibre.

  •                    2a) Lace to DK weight.
  •                    2b) Worsted weight to bulky.

3) 3 or more plies of yarn. Must be at least 50% animal fibre. Specify the type of ply including if it is chain plied.   

  •                      3a) Lace to DK weight.
  •                      3b) Worsted weight to bulky.

4) Novelty or Art yarn. Any weight yarn. Must be at least 50% animal fibre. Specify the type of yarn and/or fibre preparation that qualifies this as ‘novelty’. Examples include, but are not limited to, boucle, core spun, objects incorporated, one single spun opposite, cable-ply, crepe, etc. Exhibitors may submit up to two different examples of novelty/art yarn.

  •                         4a) Example a.
  •                         4b) Example b, which must be an entirely different type of yarn spun.

5) 2 or more ply starting with raw fleece or blanket. Must be 100% animal fibre from a single animal, fleece, or blanket that has been prepared by the exhibitor. Any yarn weight.  Please include sample of washed lock attached to the card.  

  •                          5a) Sheep.
  •                          5b) Camelid.
  •                          5c) Other (angora, mohair, dog, etc. Must be from a single animal and must be prepared from raw source.)

Submission Index Card Requirements

A) Finished Yarn Category & Subdivision – choose from

  • 1a) Singles, specify weight between lace and DK
  • 1b) Singles, specify weight between worsted and bulky
  • 2a) 2-ply, specify weight between lace and DK
  • 2b) 2-ply, specify weight between worsted and bulky
  • 3a) multi-ply, specify weight between lace and DK
  • 3b) multi-ply, specify weight between worsted and bulky
  • 4a) Novelty/art example a, specify type of yarn spun
  • 4b) Novelty/art example b, specify type of yarn spun different from 4a
  • 5a) Prepared and spun from raw sheep fleece.
  • 5b) Prepared and spun from raw camelid blanket.
  • 5c) Prepared and spun from other animal fibre (specify).

B) Fibre Contents – include percentage (approx.) and breeds if known.

C) Form of Fibre to Start (when acquired) – such as “raw fleece”, “commercial top”, “art batt”.

D) Fibre Preparation by Spinner – include all that apply; such as washed, flicking, carding (specify hand or drum), combing, none (from the end of top; from prepared cloud?), rolags, lengths to spin from the fold, etc.

E) Spun on: wheel, spindle, other. If other, please specify.

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G) Intended Use (imagined, hopeful, or real) – be descriptive such as “knit, ribbed toque”, “knit lace shawl”, “knit cabled sweater”, “crochet rug”, “weaving weft”, etc.

H) Additional Comments (optional) – if you wish to say anything else about the yarn, particularly if this is art yarn.

Why so many questions? Competition submissions will be on display at the Festival. You may be curious to know how other yarns were created and folks will be curious to know how you created your unique yarn too.

Examples of Submission Cards

Contact Information and Summary of Submission

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Submission Index Card (front and back sides)

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front

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back

Submission Checklist

  • Contact information index card (3×5″)
  • Handspun skeins (tied and of appropriate length and minimum weight as required)
  • Index card attached to EACH skein with information about that skein
  • $2 per skein
  • If mailing or dropping at a shop, sealed in a large envelope.

Do you still have questions about the hand spun yarns competition?  Let us know. 

info@manitobafibrefestival.com.