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Woolcraft Contest

2017 Woolcraft Contest Rules

**Drop-off locations ** We have Drop-off locations for entries to be dropped-off by Thursday noon before the fair, for our exhibitors that live a distance away, and cannot come to the fair for both days. If you choose this option, you are responsible for picking up your items on Sunday between 3 - 4 pm at the Exhibit Hall.  We are not responsible for items not picked up. See details below.


Adults and Youth will be judged separately and divided into three divisions each:

Div. 1: Wearable Clothing (dresses, jackets, sweaters, vests, etc.)
Div. 2: Wearable Accessories (hats, mittens, scarves, shawls, footwear, etc.)
Div. 3: Non-wearable (rugs, wall hangings, dolls, pillows, artwork, etc.)


Rules and Regulations:


1. Judging will be based on aesthetic appeal, originality and craftsmanship.

2. Techniques used may include weaving, knitting by hand or machine, crocheting, hooking, braiding, embroidery, felting, sewing, etc.

3. Articles must be at least 50% sheep wool. Articles produced from commercial yarn or fabric are eligible. Items made from handspun, hand-woven, hand-dyed materials, etc. made by someone other than the exhibitor are considered “commercial” and must be labeled as such.

4. All articles exhibited must be made by the exhibitor.

5. All articles exhibited must following be in like- new condition.

6. Exhibits for Adult and Youth classes will be divided as follows:
                A. Adults—20 years of age or over.
                B. Youth—under 20 years of age as of Jan. 1.

7. Additional classes may be added within each Division at the discretion of the judge, if there are enough entries.

8. Premium Money & Awards

Premium money will be part of the funds allocated to the entire contest of handcrafted articles.
Premiums will be paid on a point basis. A minimum of three places will be awarded in each division, if entries are sufficient.
One best of show will be selected in the Adult Woolcraft Show, and one in the Youth Woolcraft Show, if exhibits are sufficient.
Ribbons and Best of Show trophies will be awarded at the time of judging.
Premium monies will be mailed to award winners after the fair.
A Massachusetts Fiber Award will be given to the best handcrafted item made from all Massachusetts fiber.
Mari Latino-most appropriate pairing of handspun yarn with technique ($25)
Susie Robbins-judges choice, handspun skein ($25)
In memory of Helen Boehme - judges' choice, hand knit item. ($25)
A one hundred dollar gift certificate for a handwoven item from Vavstuga Weaving School - judges choice.
In memory of Damaris Fernandez-Sierra.  For the most practical finished item in the show. ($25)
Additional special awards will be awarded as available and appropriate.

Entering and Entry Form - There is no entry fee.

9. Three ways to enter:

  1. Pre-entry by mail: Print out the entry form, fill it out, and mail to the address on the form.
    Then bring your exhibits to the Exhibit Hall Saturday morning between 7:30 - 9:30am.
    The Deadline is Friday one full week before the fair.
  2. Enter at the fair: Print out the entry form, fill it out, and bring it with your exhibits when you sign in
    Saturday morning between 7:30 - 9:30am.
  3. Drop-off-Entry(s): Entries may be dropped off as described below, and you pick them up on Sunday between 3 - 4 pm at the Exhibit Hall.
  4. Drop-off your entries at the following locations during the week before the fair, no earlier than the Saturday before the fair, and no later than noon of Thursday before the fair, in a closed paper bag with your name and phone number clearly written on the outside.

    Inside the bag must be:
    - the completed Entry Form listing all entries separately
    - all items individually tagged with the appropriate tags (see link below)

    Drop-off locations:

    Northampton Wools, 29 Pleasant St, Northampton, MA 01060
    Sheep and Shawl, 265 Greenfield Rd., South Deerfield, MA 01373
    Haberdashery, 52 Union Street, Easthampton, MA 01027
    Colorful Stitches, 48 Main Street, Lenox, MA 01240


10. Entries the day of the fair are welcome, and blank forms will be available at the exhibit hall between 7:30 – 9:30 am Saturday.

11. There is no limit to the number of articles one may submit. Each article should be tagged separately.

12. Articles should be tagged with either the MSWF Wool Craft Tag (Click here for Wool Craft Tags) or two 3” x 5” cards, with the following information:

Display Card: neatly printed on one side, attached to item, with no identifying information.

  1. Fiber content (%) and breed(s) of sheep, if known
  2. Description of materials used.  (i.e. purchased cloth vs. cloth hand-woven by exhibitor, commercially spun yarn vs. yarn handspun by exhibitor vs. purchased handspun yarn from another spinner, etc.)
  3. Techniques used (i.e. sewn, knit, machine knit, woven, hand-dyed, felted, etc.)
  4. Massachusetts fiber Yes or No_________

 

Identification Card: folded in half, neatly printed, attached to the item with the following info.

Outside of folded card:

A. Division
B. Age Classification of exhibitor (Youth please list age)

Inside of folded card:

A. Exhibitor’s name
B. Town
C. State

13. Articles will be accepted between 7:30 and 9:30 am Saturday. All articles must be on display from 9:30 am Saturday to 3 pm Sunday.

14. All articles must be picked up between 3 and 4 pm Sunday. Unclaimed articles are not the responsibility of the fair Committee.


Youth Woolcraft Contest

2017 Youth Educational Woolcraft Exhibit Contest Rules

The purpose of the Educational Woolcraft Exhibits is to inform fairgoers about any topic relating
to natural animal fibers.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • the difference between various natural animal fibers
  • how fibers are used, and processed
  • what animals are involved in growing natural fibers
  • how to care for fiber animals
  • economic considerations of natural fiber production
  • techniques used to turn natural fibers into useful items

Rules and Regulations:

  1. Judging will be based on aesthetic appeal, educational content, clarity of information given, and craftsmanship.
  2. Entrant(s) must be: Youth—under 20 years of age as of Jan. 1. Individuals, groups, or clubs may enter.
  3. All exhibits must be the work of the entrant(s). Purchased examples of technique, or fiber are allowed, however if the entrant(s) made them, this should be noted so the judge can take this into account.
  4. Examples of techniques used may include weaving, knitting by hand or machine, crocheting, hooking, braiding, embroidery, felting, sewing, etc.
  5. Judging will be by the 2 judges for the Handspun and Woolcraft judges, independently assessing the displays.
  6. Judging will be based on the following criteria using a point system:
    • Over-all effect
    • Clarity of writing
    • Clarity of explanations
    • Aesthetic appearance
    • Completeness of information: i.e. exhibitors’ age, number of exhibitors involved, where items were made, what items are made from, etc.
    • Quality of workmanship
  7. Awards will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ribbons, plus participant ribbons for all. Prize money will come from the budget for the Handspun and Woolcraft Contests, based on a point system.
  8. Exhibits must be totally setup by 9:30am Saturday Morning of the fair and must remain in place until Sunday afternoon 3pm.
  9. Exhibits must be removed Sunday between 3-4 pm Sunday of the fair.
  10. There is no entry fee, but a completed Entry Form must accompany all exhibits with all exhibitors listed including names, ages, and towns, and if a group, a contact person with full address, email if possible, and phone number
  11.  

 

For more information please contact:
Barbara Westwood
203 West St. Cummington, MA 01026
blennoxwestwood@gmail.com

 

Entry Forms

Click here to download the Entry Form

 

 

Past Winners
2017 Winners
Best of Show (Adult) - Non-Wearable, Rugs - Emily Gwynn, Shelburne Falls, MA
Elizabeth Bourgeois Knitting Award - Wearable Clothing, Knit/Crochet - Suzanne Ress, Hatfield, MA
Massachusetts Wool Award - Wearable Accessories, Other - Jenny Atkins, Amherst, MA

Wearable Clothing , Sewn (Adult)
1 - Barbara Giguere, Shelburne, MA
2 - Barbara Giguere, Shelburne, MA
3 - Barbara Giguere, Shelburne, MA

Wearable Clothing , Knit/Crochet (Adult)
1 - Suzanne Ress, Hatfield, MA
2 - Kaylee Brow, Anherst, MA
3 - Karen Wittshirk, Huntington, MA

Wearable Accessories, Scarves (Adult)
1 - Nassira Nichola, Somerville, MA
2 - Jenny Atkins, Amherst, MA
3 - Gina Assetta, Holyoke, MA

Wearable Accessories, Other (Adult)
1 - Barbara Giguere, Shelburne, MA
2 - Suzanne Ress, Hatfield, MA
3 - Jenny Atkins, Amherst, MA

Non-Wearable, Rugs (Adult)
1 - Emily Gwynn, Shelburne Falls, MA
2 - Cynthia Baehr, Putney, VT
3 - Heather Baylis, Middlefield, MA

Non-Wearable, Throws (Adult)
1 - Sondra L Slesinski, S Deerfield, MA
2 - Sondra L Slesinski, S Deerfield, MA
3 - Barbara Giguere, Shelburne, MA

Non-Wearable, Other (Adult)
1 - Barbara Giguere, Shelburne, MA
2 - Tonya Jones, Shelburne, MA
3 - Carole Adams, Colrain, MA

 

2016 Winners
Best of Show (Adult) - Wearable Clothing, Sweater - Gina Assetta, Holyoke, MA
Elizabeth Bourgeois Knitting Award - Wearable Accessories, Other - Gina Assetta, Holyoke, MA
Massachusetts Wool Award - Wearable Clothing, Other - Barbara Giguere, Shelburne, MA
Best of Show (Youth) - Wearable Accessories - Nancy Hull Mueller, Russell, MA

Wearable Clothing , Sweater (Adult)
1 - Gina Assetta, Holyoke, MA
2 - Melinda Baker, Northfield, MA
3 - Meg Caulmare, New Salem, MA

Wearable Clothing , Other (Adult)
1 - Barbara Giguere, Shelburne, MA
2 - Barbara Giguere, Shelburne, MA
3 - Jenny Bannock, Windsor, CT

Wearable Accessories, Scarf/Shawl (Adult)
1 - Angelina Moore, Windsor, CT
2 - Jenny Bannock, Windsor, CT
3 - Dorothy A. Taft, Adams, MA

Wearable Accessories, Other (Adult)
1 - Suzanne Ress, Hatfield, MA
2 - Heather Baylis, Middlefield, MA
3 - Gina Assetta, Holyoke, MA

Non-Wearable (Adult)
1 - Dorothy A. Taft, Adams, MA
2 - Dorothy A. Taft, Adams, MA
3 - Kira Frech, Harrisburg, PA

Wearable Accessories (Youth)
1 - Nancy Hull Mueller, Russell, MA
2 - Eliza Jane Hull Mueller, Russell, MA
3 - Nancy Hull Mueller, Russell, MA

Non-Wearable (Youth)
1 - Eliza Jane Hull Mueller, Russell, MA
2 - Nancy Hull Mueller, Russell, MA
3 - Eliza Jane Hull Mueller, Russell, MA


2015 Results

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2009 Results

 

 

 

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