The fiber division is located upstairs in the Main Pavilion and is co-chaired by Naomi Royle and Kathleen
Bau-Madsen. The goal of the fiber division is to recognize and appreciate the unique qualities and characteristics of various natural fibers and encourage artistic and craft disciplines which utilize these fibers. Lace is the 2017 OFFF celebrated handcraft while pygora fiber is the celebrated fiber.
Come visit the fiber division and view these fun and educational displays and demonstrations:
- Sally McCarrick Fiber Creations And Skein Competition: knitting, crocheting, felting, spinning, weaving and miscellaneous fiber art Invitational Artists Gallery
- Pygora Skein Display
- Alpaca Association of Western Oregon 5th Annual Spin-Off Competition Results
- Creative Crochet display
- Damascus Fiber Arts School weaving demo
- Portland Handweavers Guild display
- Ravenstail weaving demo. by John Beard
- Tigard Knitting Guild display
- Pygora Breeders Fiber Show/display; judging is open to the public and questions are welcome
Fiber Division Awards
Fiber division entry form. Entries are due by September 18th, 2017.
- Ribbons awarded through 5th place in the Fiber Creations and Skein competitions
- Rosettes awarded to Champion, Reserve Champion, Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion winning entries
- Diamond Award Trophy and $100 cash presented in the Skein and the Fiber Creations competitions
- Prizes awarded as donated:
- Portland Handweavers Guild for Best Handwoven ($25)
- Portland Handweavers Guild for Best Handwoven Item by a Beginner or Judge’s Choice ($25).
- Tigard Knitting Guild Judge’s Choice award ($50)
- Tigard Knitting Guild Best Traditional Item ($25)
- Tigard Knitting Guild Judge’s Choice open category which includes non-wearables and original patterns ($25)
- Felting Judge’s Choice award gift box (donated Blizzard Yarns and Fiber)
- Best Rigid Heddle Handwoven Piece ($25)
- Always in Stitches Crochet Guild Judge’s Choice Award ($50)
- Always in Stitches Crichet Guild Best traditional Item Including wearable items, doilies, afghans, etc. ($25)
- Always in Stitches Crochet Guild Best Open Category which includes amigarumi, artwork, etc. ($25)
OFFF would like to thank the Portland Handweavers Guild, the Tigard Knitting Guild, Always in Stitches Crochet Guild and Blizzard Yarn and Fiber for their generous contributions and support of these special awards!
Fiber Division Displays
Alpaca Association of Western Oregon 5th Annual Spin-Off Competition Results
Contestants submit samples of their alpacas’ fleeces and an ex-perienced judge/spinner evaluates the fiber based on several qualities. This competition provides the alpaca breeder with val-uable information for upgrading the quality of fiber from these beautiful animals. This exhibit also is a great guide to help with buying that next alpaca fleece!
Pygora Goat Skein Display
2017 is the 30th anniversary of the Pygora Goat! Members of the Club and from the Pygora Breeders Association showcase their handiwork in an educational exhibit featuring handspun skeins of Pygora fiber and Pygora blends. This display will demonstrate the fineness of Pygora fiber as well as its versatility. Of special interest are skeins from older Pygoras, proving that these fiber goats maintain their fiber fineness throughout their lives. For instructions to enter a skein, please see the PBA website or Facebook page.
Creative Crochet Display
Members of the Oregon Chapter of the Crochet Guild of America, Always in Stitches, will display projects showing the latest trends in the craft.
Damascus Fiber Arts School Weaving Demonstrations
Members of the Damascus Fiber Arts School will demonstrate tapestry weaving and weaving on the Navajo-style loom. They will bring examples of tapestries, handspun hand-dyed yarns, baskets, knitting and more.
Portland Handweavers Guild Display
Portland Handweavers Guild will again share an educational exhibit with the visitors at OFFF. While we usually follow the theme/focus of OFFF, we shared Lace Weaving in the past .This year it will be a SURPRISE! however definitely what one can do with weaving and related fiber art techniques. It will be SPECIAL! and have a different spin.
Portland Lace Society
Portland Lace Society is a Charter Chapter of the International Organization of Lace, Inc. The purpose is to further interest in all types of lace and lacemaking, and preservation of this art form, through teaching, exhibits, lectures, and demonstrations. The laces made by members are Tatting, Bobbin Lace, Needle Lace, and Knitted Lace. Check the Flyer at the festival for times and locations of Lace Making demos by the talented members of the Portland Lace Society!
Navajo-Churro Sheep Association Wool Show
The Navajo-Churro Sheep Association will celebrate their breed at OFFF this year by hosting a Navajo-Churro wool show up-stairs in the main pavilion. This is a great opportunity to learn more about an important heritage sheep breed and the wool that they produce.
Damascus Fiber Arts School Weaving Demonstrations
Members of the Damascus Fiber Arts School will demonstrate tapestry weaving and weaving on a Navajo-style loom. They will bring examples of tapestries, handspun hand-dyed yarns, baskets, knitting and more.
Ravenstail weaving (a very old weaving tradition from the Native American peoples of southeast Alaska), will be demonstrated by John Beard all day Sunday, upstairs in the Main Pavilion. John will weave on an apron or legging for one of his robes. Completed robes on display, as well as smaller regalia he has woven. Come watch, listen and ask questions as he shares his experiences with Ravenstail weaving.
Tigard Knitting Guild Knitting Display
Members of the Tigard Knitting Guild will display knit projects and fashions.