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29 December 2005 @ 10:10 am
spinningfiber administriva - Handspun competition Feb. 2006  
So, y'all are going to enter, right? RIGHT? There's still *plenty* of time to get skeins ready, and I'd hate to cancel our little party & prizes due to lack of interest. Please do let me know now if you are interested.

In addition to the things already listed as prizes, I also have fiber, 2 spindles from Magpie Woodworks, 2 subscriptions to Spin-Off, and a couple of notespins as prizes. Further donations towards ribbons gratefully accepted.

Here are the rules and dates and such for the spinningfiber Handspun competition. These are subject to change. I'm still not sure if there will be an entry fee or not yet, as I'm still on the hunt for sponsors. If more sponsors step forward then there won't be an entry fee, but otherwise it will be a dollar or two a skein.

Please note this is for spinningfiber members only, so recruit your friends.

I'm also considering a body of work type award, for the best group of skeins selected from the folks who submit 5 or more skeins to the classes.

Expert & Novice Division Classes

1. 100% Sheep's Wool, natural or dyed, single ply, smooth and even.
2. 100% Sheep's Wool, natural or dyed, multiple ply, smooth and even.
3. 100% Mohair (Angora Goat), natural or dyed, single or multiple ply, smooth and even.
4. 100 % Alpaca or Llama, natural or dyed, single or multiple ply, smooth and even.
5. Other single animal fiber, natural or dyed, single or multiple ply, smooth and even. (Angora, Dog, Buffalo, Cashmere, Camel, etc.)
6. Single Plant fiber, natural or dyed, single ply or multiple ply, smooth and even.
7. 100 % Silk, natural or dyed, single or multiple ply, smooth and even.
8. Blends of any fibers, natural or dyed, single or multiple ply, smooth and even.
9. Handspun on a drop spindle, natural or dyed, single or multiple ply, smooth and even (1 ounce).
10. Novelty, any fiber or combination of fibers, natural or dyed, Singles Yarns (Slubs, Lock Spun, Tweeds, Garneted, etc.)
11. Novelty, any fiber or combination of fibers, natural or dyed, Plied Yarns (Core spun, Spiral, Boucle, Knot, Tufted, Crepe, Beaded, etc)


Rules:

This competition is open only to members of spinningfiber

Each skein must be handspun by the entrant on a wheel or spindle.

An entry shall consist of a single, continuous skein. Skeins of fine yarns (greater than 20 wpi) shall weigh one ounce or more, all other skeins (20 wpi or less) shall weigh at least 2 ounces. Each skein must be 1-1/2 to 2 yards in circumference, wound neatly, and tied appropriately.

An article may be entered in only one class. A maximum of two entries per class will be accepted from each entrant.

For every entry in a Novelty class, the entrant must submit an entry in a non-Novelty class.

Novelty class entries may contain up to 5% commercially prepared binder thread.

Spindle spun skeins can be entered into any class, but *only* spindle spun entries can be entered in the spindle class.

You cannot enter both the Novice and Expert divisions.

All entries must include a completed entry / liability & publicity release form and individual skein labels. An information card indicating spinner's name and address, Spinningfiber username, division & class, and judging criteria must be firmly attached to each skein. Please attach card in such a way that skein may be easily opened for examination. The judging card will be posted at a later date.

The judges have the right to shift entries to more appropriate classes. Judges are not required to award all ribbons if, in their opinions, the entries are not of appropriate quality. Judges' decisions are final.

All entries, scores, and comments will be displayed on a website, and a listing of the results sumbitted to guilds and magazines.

The organizer will make every effort to care for the entered articles, but assumes no responsibility for damage or loss.

Failure to follow any of the competition rules may disqualify the skein.

Entries may be submitted Feb. 1 – 15, 2006. Entries must be received by Feb. 15th. Late submissions will not be accepted. Entries must be accompanied by a mailing label, envelope/box, and stamps / funds for return postage. Insurance, if desired, to be provided by entrant. Entries which do not include return postage will not be returned. International competitors may contact competition organizer to arrange funds for return postage.

Entries will be placed in return mail by February 28, 2006.


Judging Criteria:

Expert Division - for spinners who have been spinning for more than 1 year at time of competition, who have won prior awards, spin professionally, or want to test acquired skill.

Novice Division - for spinners who have been spinning for less than 1 year (non-professionals).

Yarns in the Expert and Novice Divisions will be judged on:
· Technique - consistency of twist, appropriate plying twist, diameter consistent throughout, structurally durable, yarns design consistent, dyeing/blending consistent, etc.
· Hand and Finish - feel of the finished yarn, blocked if necessary, correct skeining and finishing.
· Suitability of fiber to yarn—amount of twist, diameter of yarn, spinning method (worsted, woolen, semi-worsted), etc.
· Suitability for intended use – direction of twist, amount of twist, diameter of yarn, handle of yarn, appropriate number of plies, strength, etc.
· Preparation for exhibit - cleanliness, ties, listing of yardage and weight, etc.

Yarns in the Novelty/Designer classes will be judged on:
· Choice/Use of Color
· Choice/Use of Texture
· Originality/Inspiration of Design
· Hand and Finish - feel of the finished yarn, blocked if necessary, correct skeining and finishing.
· Suitability for intended use - direction of twist, amount of twist, diameter of yarn, handle of yarn, appropriate number of plies, strength, etc.
· Preparation for exhibit - cleanliness, ties, listing of yardage and weight, etc.


Entry form & judging cards:

I've included both Word and PDF versions for your convenience.

judging card - http://www.redstonegroup.org/spinningfiberskeincard.doc

judging card - http://www.redstonegroup.org/spinningfiberskeincard.pdf

Entry form coming soon.


Fees:

There will be no entry fees for the First Annual Spinningfiber Handspun Skein Competition, although donations of $1-2 per skein will gratefully be applied to ribbons and prizes for future year's competitions.

Awards:

Grand Champion in each Division: $25.00 & Rosette
Reserve Grand Champion in each Division: Rosette
Each Class of each Division: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ribbons

Sponsors:

$25.00 Grand Champion in each Division – Charlie Cummings Clay Studio http://www.claylink.com

-the redhead-




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