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29 June 2005 @ 06:14 am
spinningfiber administriva - Handspun competition  
Okies, here's the rules and dates and such. 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.

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 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 the Spinningfiber community.

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.

All entries must include a completed entry / liability & publicity release form and individual skein labels. A cardstock-weight 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 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.

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, 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.

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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