SPONSORED BY THE NEW HAMPSHIRE SPINNERS AND DYERS GUILD

ART CONTEST AND HAND SPUN SKEIN CONTEST

CLASSES

100% Sheep Wool

2-ply yarn spun from commercially prepared fiber

2-ply yarn spun from fiber prepared by exhibitor

3- or more ply yarn spun from commercially prepared fiber

3-or more ply yarn spun from fiber prepared by exhibitor


Blended Fiber

At least 50% sheep wool by weight, blended with another fiber, designed to show the versatility of wool when combined with other fibers.

2-ply yarn

3-or more ply yarn


Singles and Novelty Yarn

Singles and novelty yarn must contain at least 50% sheep wool by weight. Novelty yarn will be judged on the effectiveness of color, texture, multi-plying, and other techniques skillfully used to achieve a textured-type yarn.


Youth – Age 18 Years and Under

Any yarn at least 50% sheep wool spun by an individual meeting the age requirement.


Exotics

Any yarn made from animal fiber other than sheep wool (e.g. alpaca, angora, camel, cashmere, mohair, silk, etc.) or blended fiber containing less than 50% sheep wool.


New Classes

Novice Class: beginner spinner over 18 years old, spinning less than a year, spindle spun or wheel spun, 2 or more plies, 100% wool either commercially prepared or prepared by exhibitor.

Dyed by Exhibitor: 100% wool fiber dyed by exhibitor, 2 or more plies, spindle spun or wheel spun. Skeins entered in this class are not eligible for entry in any other category in the competition.

Spindle Spun: 100% wool either commercially prepared fiber or prepared by exhibitor and 2 or more plies. Skeins entered in this class are not eligible for entry in any other category in the competition.

AWARDS

Each skein will be judged on its own merits and awarded points accordingly. Ribbons will be assigned according to the Danish system. One rosette will be assigned to the top scoring skein in each class.

Each youth entrant will be awarded free, one-year membership in the NH Spinners and Dyers Guild with electronic newsletters and other communications.

Special Awards are offered as follows:

$25 from NH Spinners and Dyers Guild for Best Skein Over All

$25 from NH Sheep and Wool Growers Association for Best Skein Made from Wool from a NH Sheep

$25 certificate from Northeast Handspinners Association for Best Skein Made with a Spindle

$25 from Aker Fiber Farm for Best Skein Spun by a Youth

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RULES

  1. All skeins must be handspun by the exhibitor and completed since the previous NH Sheep and Wool Festival.
  2. There is no limit on the number of skeins you may enter per Class.
  3. There is no entry fee.
  4. All skeins must be at least 50 yards long, except for Class 7, Novelty Yarn. There is no maximum.
  5. Deadlines: Skeins may be mailed with their corresponding cards, to arrive one full week before the Festival to Patty Williams, Box 240 Enfield Center, NH 03749; or they may be brought to the Festival on Saturday morning from 8:30 am – 9:45 am to the Fleece Barn (see map) and turned over to Patty Williams at the NH Spinners and Dyers Guild display area.
  6. The judge may move a skein to a different Class if deemed more appropriate.
  7. Skeins must be tied in at least 4 places.
  8. Skeins will be judged on Saturday. After judging, skeins will be displayed in the 4-H/Fleece Sale barn.
  9. Return of skeins: Entries will be released on Sunday at 3pm and can be picked up in the 4-H Building after 4:30 pm. Entrants must include a pre-addressed, prepaid mailer for the return of their skeins; please state the number of skeins to be mailed. Prizes and, if possible, award ribbons will be included in the return package. Neither the guild nor the NH Sheep and Wool Growers Association is responsible for unclaimed skeins or awards.

Please attach two 3 x 5 cards to each entry with the following information:

On card #1, write legibly, and using both sides if necessary, include the following:

  • Class number
  • *Age of entrant if 18 years or under; include email address for electronic communications of Guild membership (see Awards below)
  • Fiber content, including breed if known
  • *Producer of wool if grown in New Hampshire: name of farm or shepherd
  • Description of spinning techniques used, e.g. worsted, woolen, from the fold, etc.
  • Description of color handling or dye technique, e.g. fractal, natural dyes, etc.
  • Declaration of intended use
  • *Note if hand-dyed by exhibitor; if so, whether dyed as yarn or unspun fiber
  • *Note if spindle spun

*These designation may qualify your skein for an additional award.

 On card #2, on one side only, print your name, address, and telephone number. Additionally, if your skein will be picked up by someone other than yourself, include your designee’s name; if your skein is to be returned in your pre-addressed, prepaid mailer, please state so (for example, “return by mail”, 1 of 3 skeins”). Optional: include your email address on skeins sent or to be returned by mail for confirmation of receipt and/or post.