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Woolcraft Contest

2014 Woolcraft Contest Rules

**New This Year! **
 We now have 3 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.

** New Award in honor of our 40th Anniversary **
Massachusetts Fiber Handcraft Award: This award will be given to the best handcrafted items made from all Massachusetts grown fiber.

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.Massachusetts Sheep and Wool Festival Woolcraft

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 not be worn prior to exhibit.

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.
Additional special awards will be awarded as available and appropriate.

Entering and Entry Form - There is no entry fee.

9. Four ways to enter:

  1. Pre-entry on-line: The Deadline is Friday one full week before the fair.  Complete entry form on-line.
  2. Pre-entry by mail: Print out the entry form, fill it out, and mail to the address on the form.
  3. The Deadline is Friday one full week before the fair.
  4. 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.
  5. Drop-off-Entry(s): New this year! Entries may be dropped off as described below, and you pick them up
    on Sunday between 3 - 4 pm at the Exhibit Hall.
  6. 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:
    Metaphor Yarns, 623 Mohawk Trail, Shelburne, MA 01370
    Northampton Wools, 29 Pleasant St, Northampton, MA 01060
    Sheep and Shawl, 265 Greenfield Rd., South Deerfield, MA 01373

10. Late entries 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.Massachusetts Sheep and Wool Festival Woolcraft

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.




For more information please contact:
Barbara Goodchild, 383 Cooper Lane, Shelburne, MA 01370


Entry Forms

Click here to download the Entry Form



Past Winners

2014 Winners:
Best of Show (Adult) - Wearable Accessories - Shawl, Martha Davenport, Shelburne, MA
Elizabeth Bourgeois Knitting Award - Wearable Clothing - Sweater/Vest, Alice Newth, Montague, MA
Massachusetts Wool Award - Wearable Accessories - Small, Martha Davenport, Shelburne, MA
Best of Show (Youth) - Non-Wearable, Victoria Ware, Chester, MA

Wearable Clothing - Sewn (Adult)
1 - Anna Charest, Brimfield, MA
2 - Anna Charest, Brimfield, MA
3 - Barbara Goodchild, Shelburne, MA

Wearable Clothing - Sweater/Vest (Adult)
1 - Dorothy Taft, Adams, MA
2 - Alice Newth, Montague, MA
3 - Alice Newth, Montague, MA

Wearable Accessories - Shawl (Adult)
1 - Angelina Moore, Enfield, CT
2 - Gina Assetta, Holyoke, MA
3 - Martha Seymour, Dalton, MA

Wearable Accessories - Small (Adult)
1 - Martha Davenport, Shelburne, MA
2 - Judy Babcock, Worthington, MA
3 - Martha Seymour, Dalton, MA

Non-Wearable - Toys (Adult)
1 - Cynthia Baehr, Putney, VT
2 - Megan Baehr, Brattleboro, VT
3 - Martha Davenport, Shelburne, MA

Non-Wearable - Rugs (Adult)
1 - Margot Apple, Shelburne Falls, MA
2 - Dorothy Taft, Adams, MA
3 - Susan Lathrop, Cambridgeport, VT

Wearable Accessories (Youth)
1 - Jacqueline Harp, Pleasant Hill, MO
2 - Jacqueline Harp, Pleasant Hill, MO
3 - Patty Harp, Pleasant Hill, MO

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

2012 Best of Show Winners:
Adult Best of Show Wool Craft - Pat Pawlowicz, MA (Non-wearable - needlefelt)
Elizabeth Bourgeois Knitting Award - Barbara Giguere, MA (Wearable - knit)
Youth Best of Show - Brianna Taylor, MA (Wearable clothing - sewn)

2011 Best of Show Winners:
Adult Best of Show Wool Craft - Pat Pawlowicz (Massachusetts) for her Wool Craft Division 3: Non-wearable sculpture
Youth Best of Show - Rebecca Dwight (New York) for her Wool Craft Division 3, Non-wearable entry.

2010 Best of Show Winners:
Adult Handspun - Kristine Baker, NJ
Youth Handspun - Anna Lemme, MA
Adult Woolcraft - Anna Charest, MA
Youth Woolcraft - Isabelle Tower, MA

2009 Best of Show Winners:
Adult Handspun - Melissa Cunningham, CT
Adult Woolcraft - Barbara Giguere, MA
Youth Woolcraft - Emily Pepper




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