Sally McCarrick Fiber Creations and Skein Competitions
General Rules, Dates and Times:
- Entry forms must be postmarked by Sept 18, 2017. Late entry forms will be accepted at the Festival before noon on Friday, Sept. 22.
- Items in the competition must be brought to the Fiber Division on Thursday, Sept. 21, from 6-8:30 pm or on Friday, Sept. 22, from 9 am to noon. Items may be mailed and must be received by Sept. 18 (entry form). Entrants are responsible for all shipping costs including return postage.
- Fiber Creations competition is limited to 5 entries per category.
- All work must be completed by the entrant within the last 18 months.
- All entries must be made from at least 75% natural fiber. Commercially-spun yarn is allowed in all competitions except the handspun categories.
- Eligibility of entries that incorporate nonfiber, or parts not made by the entrant, will be determined by the Fiber Division Chair. Fabric base of nuno felting is allowed.
- A 3” x 5” information card should be attached to the entry and may describe the fiber source, type of fiber, color, handspun or commercial yarn and technique. For knitting, crochet and weaving, entrant also may include yarn manufacturer, colorway, weight (DK, etc.) and pattern sources. Do not put your name on this card. Youth should indicate their age when the entry was completed.
- Entries must be submitted to allow judges to completely inspect an item. Accessories or mountings may be added after judging for display in the Sally McCarrick Fiber Crea-tions Gallery. Arrangements for this should be made with the Fiber Division co-chairs.
- Judging begins at noon on Friday, Sept. 22; the Fiber Arts judging area is closed to the public. Please respect this.
- Results of judging are posted at the Festival.
- Fiber Division displays and show results are open to the public on Saturday from 9:00 am to 5 pm and on Sunday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
- All Skein and Fiber Creation entries must remain on display until 4:00 pm Sunday.
- OFFF reserves the right to reject any entry that is not appro-priate for exhibit. Judges may change entries to the appro-priate category or combine entries if there are insufficient entries in a category.
- Age Level Codes are as follows:
- Adult (A)
- Youth (Y) – 17 and under, please indicate age
- Hand knitted
- Other fiber applications, including hooked rugs, machine knitting, fulling and baskets
Entries are released for pick-up on Sun., Sept 24th at 4 PM. Unless prior arrangements are made with Kathleen Bau-Madsen or Naomi Royle, entries are released only with the voucher received at check-in. Unclaimed entries become the property of OFFF after 7 pm Sunday.
Disclaimer: The Festival does not assume responsibility for loss or damage during shipment or during the exhibition.
Challenge yourself and enter the Skein Competition!
Skeins are judged by skill level to encourage participation. Spinning categories: singles, two-ply, multi-ply, novelty, spindled and thigh spun.
Judging: Skeins may be judged based on:
- fiber suitability 20%
- choice of spinning technique 10%
- quality of spinning 40%
- skein preparation 10%
- suitability for final use 20%
Skein Competition Guidelines
- General entry rules for the Fiber Division apply.
- All fiber must be handspun by the entrant and completed within the last 18 months.
- All skeins must be 50 yards or more.
- Tie skeins in at least 3 places using figure 8-style ties.
- A 3” x 5” information card, fiber sample and sample swatch must be attached to one of the skein ties (swatch not required for youth entries, but strongly encouraged).
Skein Competition Information Card Guidelines Fiber
- Single Natural: from one, naturally occurring source (e.g. wool, cotton, alpaca)
- Blended Natural: a blend of 2 or more natural fibers (e.g. 80% alpaca, 20% silk)
- Natural/Synthetic Blend: a blend of naturally occurring and synthetic/manufactured fibers—must be at least 75% natural fibers (e.g. 90% wool, 10% nylon)
- Type(s) and percentage blend of fibers: please note type, breed and strain if known (e.g. Icelandic wool, tussah silk, organic cotton)
- Note if the fiber was raised by the entrant
- Comments on natural color or dye: note type of dye, whether commercially or hand dyed, color blending or dye techniques (e.g. dyed with indigo; purchased space-dyed roving; all natural colors blended from one variegated llama, etc.).
Describe techniques used for preparation of fiber, dyeing, spinning and/or plying (hand combed, drum carded; spinning technique long draw, drop spindle; plying technique: Navajo, boucle).
Describe a suitable use for your yarn based on its characteristics include technique and/or project (e.g. knitted sweater, woven scarf, hooked rug).
Swatch Include a swatch (4” x 4” suggested size, may vary with intended use). Not required for youth entries, but strongly encouraged. Swatch may be made by a person other than the entrant please note on the information card.