Auxiliary Fleece Competitions –Skein and Fiber Arts

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Judge: Ruth Hutton

Superintendent: Mary Martinez-Rigo

Hand-Spun Skein

Entries must be submitted in the name of the spinner and submitted in a plain clear zipper type gallon-size bag with the skein, Entry Tag stating the spinner’s name, address, and class number. If known, the name and a photograph of the alpaca from which the fiber was spun may also be included and attached to the Entry Tag.

  • Skeins must have been completed during the last year.
  • Each exhibitor may enter two skeins per Group/Category/Class provided they are of different fiber preparations (combed vs. carded or woolen vs. worsted).
  • Skeins must be at least 50 yards in length, 1-1/2 to 2 yards in circumference, neatly wound, “figure 8” tied in 4 places
  • Each skein must be accompanied by a written construction description on a 3” x 5” card. No identifying information must appear on the card. The construction description requires information about:

Fiber preparation, fiber content, techniques used and intended use of the yarn (i.e., clothing, rug, decoration, etc). This construction description will be included in the points for judging.

  • No substitutions at the Show
  • Skeins exhibiting parasitic infestation shall be disqualified

Groups:

Beginner spinner (spinning less than one year)..

          1) Junior — ages 18 and younger.

          2) Adult — over age 18.

Intermediate spinner (spinning for more than one year).

Advanced spinner (spinning for more than three years).

Categories:

  1. Yarn spun from commercially prepared fiber (roving, batts, tops)
  2. Yarn spun from fiber hand prepared by the spinner.

Classes:

Classic yarn:

1) Singles — 100% Huacaya (natural or dyed).

2) Singles — 100% Suri (natural or dyed).

3) 2 or more ply — 100% Huacaya (natural or dyed).

4) 2 or more ply — 100% Suri (natural or dyed).

5) 2 or more ply — blends (at least 50% alpaca). 

Hand spindle: any ply (at least 50% alpaca).

Novelty yarn:

to qualify as Novelty, the yarn must be spun using a defined technique (Nap, Core, Spiral, Knot, Slub, Boucles, Beaded, etc.), be well constructed, and comprised of at least 50% alpaca.

Mill-Spun Skein

Entries must be submitted in the name of the mill or farm depending upon Category. A completed Entry Tag must be placed in a clear zipper type gallon size bag with the skein. The tag will include the mill name if submitted by the mill (farm and mill name if submitted by the farm), address, and classification.

  • Skein must have been completed during the last year.
  • Each exhibitor may enter two entries per Category/Class provided they are from different production runs and/or dye lots.
  • Skeins must be at least 100 yards in length 1-1/2 to 2 yards in circumference, neatly wound, “figure 8” tied in four places and placed in a zipper type gallon-size clear plastic bag. Points may be deducted for any skein that is not at least 100 yards in length
  • Each skein must be accompanied by a written construction description on a 3” x 5” card. No identifying information must appear on the card. The construction description requires information about:

Fiber preparation, fiber content, techniques used and intended use of the yarn (i.e., clothing, rug, decoration, etc). This construction description will be included in the points for judging.

  • No substitutions at the Show
  • Skeins exhibiting parasitic infestation shall be disqualified

Categories:

  • Mill skeins: Entered by a mill demonstrating their best work.
  • Farm skeins: Entered by an individual farm showing the quality of yarn from their fiber.

Classes:

Finer yarns:

1) Knitting Superfine/Fine Yarn (Sock, Fingering, Baby, Sport).

2) Weaving 1200 yards/lb or greater.

Light/Medium yarns:

1) Knitting (DK, Light Worsted, Worsted, Afghan, Aran).

2) Weaving 850 yards/lb – 1199 yards/lb.

Bulky yarns:

1) Knitting Bulky/Super Bulky (Chunky, Craft, Rug, Bulky).

2) Weaving less than 850 yards/lb.

Novelty yarn:

Boucles, Thick and Thin, Beaded, etc., be well constructed, and comprised of at least 50% alpaca.

Fiber Arts

A completed Entry Tag must accompany the item, stating the farm name and/or the artisans name, address, and item’s classification. If known, the name and a photograph of the alpaca from which the fiber was gathered may also be included and attached to the Entry Tag.

  • Items must have been completed during the last year.
  • All entries, in all classes, must consist of a minimum of 50% alpaca fiber.
  • Each artisan may enter one item per Division/Category/Group/Class.
  • Each item must be accompanied by a written description on a 3” x 5” card that provides construction details. No identifying information may appear on the card. This description will be included in the points for judging. The description requires information about:
  • Fiber preparation.
  • Fiber content.
  • Techniques used.
  • No substitutions at the Show

Divisions:

Beginner: (working in the Fiber Art for less than two years).

1) Junior – ages 18 and younger.

2) Adult – over age 18.

Intermediate (working in that Fiber Art for more than two years).

Advanced (working in that Fiber Art for more than five years and/or has submitted to a juried event).

Categories:

  1. All handwork: 100% handspun yarns with 100% hand-made construction, and/or 100% hand felted (may use commercially prepared roving).
  2. Partial or non-handwork:

1) Use of commercially spun yarn and/or machine knitted, woven or felted.

2) Less than 100% hand felting.

Groups:

  1. Woven.
  2. Felt.
  3. Knit.
  4. Crochet.
  5. Lace.
  6. Multiple construction techniques.

Classes:

Accessories – any technique.

1) Gloves, hats, socks, slippers, purses and other small wearable items such as jewelry.

2) Shawls and scarves.

Garments – any technique: Sweaters, jackets, dresses, vests or complete outfits.

Hearth & Home – any technique.

1) Art and toys (pictures, figurines, etc.).

2) Home furnishings (rugs, pillows, afghans, wall hangings, containers, etc).

 

Entry Type Divisions Categories Groups Classes
Hand Spun Skein —— Yarn spun from commercial preparations Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

Classic Yarn

Hand spindle

Novelty

Yarn spun from fiber prepped by spinner
Mill Spun Skein ——  

Mill Skein

____ Finer Yarns

Light/Med Yarns

Bulky Yarns

Novelty Yarn

Farm Skein
Fiber Arts Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced

 

All Handwork

 

Woven

Felt

Knit

Crochet

Lace
Multiple

Accessories (gloves, hats, small weareables)
Partial or non-handwork Garments (sweaters, vests etc)
Hearth and Home Art & Toys
Home Furnishings