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Open Wool, Weaving, and Natural Fibers

Department 60

Assisted by Whatcom Weavers Guild and Spindrifters

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To place an on-line entry, click here:http://nwwafair.fairwire.com/

All entries must be registered on-line, this will be required for all exhibits and exhibitors that would like to be entered in the fair. If you don’t have access to a computer, the library is your best option. We will have a computer to use at the fair office but once again the library is preferred as they have more computers for the public to use.

Assisted by Whatcom Weavers Guild and Spindrifters

NEW FOR 2019

Woven entries made with natural plant fibers will be accepted into the Wool Show. This includes weaving on the floor and table looms, tapestry weaving and off loom-weaving techniques, including knotting, basketry, and caning. Fibers allowed in addition to wool and animal fibers include cotton, linen, hemp, bamboo, wood, bark, reed, cane and other plant fibers.

Open class entries will be judged with a 1ST, 2ND, or 3RD placing

4-H & FFA may enter, entries will be placed with the Danish system. Please enter in department 1 or 2.

1. All entries are to be the work of the exhibitor. Superintendent has the right to accept or refuse any entry.

2. Department, division and class is determined by the exhibitor. If you have questions about your entry, please contact the superintendent prior to entry day.

3. Entries can be placed on-line through Monday prior to the fair (one week). All entries will be accepted between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Rotary Building on the Friday before the fair. On-line entries must also be brought to that location in during those times.

4. Entries may also be dropped off at Northwest Yarns, 1401 Commercial Street, Bellingham (360)738-0167 by noon the Thursday prior to the Fair, or at the Jansen Art Center Textiles Studio, 321 Front Street, Lynden, by noon Thursday prior to the Fair. These entries must have an entry tag attached to each entry and be clearly marked with the DIVISION and CLASS number they are entered in. Entries without this information will NOT be judged. Exhibitors with large or numerous entries are encouraged to deliver their own items during the Friday entry times (see #3). The Northwest Washington Fair, Northwest Yarns, and the Jansen Arts Center are not responsible for items left at this location other than to hold them for transport.


5. Exhibits must be picked up Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. On Monday the buildings remain open for cleaning and there is NO Security available. Items dropped off at Northwest Yarn or the Jansen Art Center will be returned there.

6. No entry fees will be required, and no free admission will be issued.

7. Any wool or plant fiber item completed in the last 2 years and not previously shown at the Northwest WA Fair is eligible. No kit items. All articles entered must be handcrafted - acceptable methods are weaving, knitting, crochet, felt, and other fiber processes. (Class B needs to be handspun by exhibitor

8. All entries must be at least 75% of any combination of animal fiber, ie… Wool, Alpaca, Mohair, Llama, Angora, Silk, Cotton, linen, hemp, bamboo, cane, bark, etc. Remaining 25% can be other fibers. All fiber used must be specified.

9. All entries will be Judged and Exhibited. Emphasis will be on quality, originality, design, intended functions, and in the case of garments, drape and wear ability. No premium will be given unless the article is worthy, regardless of competition. The opinion of the judge must be final in all case.

10. Include hanger or other suitable method of displaying with your entry. All containers or other related items used to transport, or store entries should be clearly marked with the name of the exhibitor and description of item. If feasible, please make a 4" square sample of your work and include it with your item. This will give the public a chance to touch a sample without risk of damage to your piece.

11. One entry per class. In addition to your entry information, please attach a 1/4-page sheet WITHOUT YOUR NAME for the judge, attached to each item, describing fiber content, whether this is a class project or original design, briefly anything you feel may be pertinent to the creation or end use of your item. We recommend using a typewriter or computer printer for your 1/4-page description.

12. Limit of 12 entries per person depending on space availability.



DEPARTMENT 01 - JUNIOR (12 AND UNDER)
DEPARTMENT 02 - INTERMEDIATE (13 THROUGH 18)
DEPARTMENT 03 - ADULT (OVER 18)

DIVISION A - SHEEP FLEECE

DO NOT TIE FLEECE. ROLL FLEECE AND PLACE IN LARGE CLEAR PLASTIC BAG.
MUST BE SHORN DURING CURRENT SHEARING SEASON. Identify breed.

A Best of Class will be awarded in each Division for Lots 1-3 and 4-6.

PREMIUMS: 6.00 5.00 4.00
CLASS NUMBER
1. Fine
2. Medium
3. Long


DIVISION A - OTHER FIBER

PREMIUMS: 6.00 5.00 4.00
CLASS NUMBER
4. Alpaca
5. Llama
6. Mohair
7. Angora silk
8. Other (please specify species)


DIVISION B – CRAFTED FROM HANDSPUN ANIMAL FIBER - no synthetic items will be accepted


PREMIUMS: 6.00 5.00 4.00
CLASS NUMBER

1. Blanket or afghan, knit or crochet

9. Tapestry, small (up 15” wide)

2. Blanket or afghan, woven

10. Tapestry, medium (15” tp 24” wide)

3. Jacket or coat

11. Tapestry, large (more than 24” wide)

4. Rug

12. Vest, Adult

5. Shawl, poncho, ruana

13. Woven garment

6. Sweater, child

14. Yardage, selvage visible, identify intended usage

7. Sweater, adult

15. Other miscellaneous

8. Sweater set, baby

PREMIUMS: 4.00 2.50 1.50
CLASS NUMBER

16. Doll or Doll clothes

23. Purse

17. Fashion accessory

24. Scarf

18. Fingerless gloves, gloves or mittens

25. Socks

19. Hat, adult

26. Slippers, adult

20. Hat, child/baby

27. Slippers, child or baby

21. Hat and scarf

28. Table linens

22. Pillow

29 Other miscellaneous item

DIVISION C - CRAFTED FROM COMMERCIAL SPUN ANIMAL FIBER

PREMIUMS: 6.00 5.00 4.00
CLASS NUMBER

1. Blanket or afghan, knit or crochet

9. Sweater set, baby

2. Blanket or afghan, woven

10. Tapestry, small (up to “15 wide)

3. Jacket or coat

11. Tapestry, medium (15” to 24”wide)

4. Rug

12. Tapestry, large (more than 24”wide)

5. Scarf

13. Vest

6. Shawl, poncho, ruana

14. Woven garment

7. Sweater, child

15. Yardage, salvage visible, identify intended usage

8. Sweater, adult

16. Other miscellaneous

PREMIUMS: 4.00 2.50 1.50
CLASS NUMBER

17. Doll or Doll clothes

24. Purse

18. Fashion accessory

25. Scarf

19. Fingerless gloves, gloves or mitten

26. Socks

20. Hat, adult

27. Slippers, adult

21. Hat, child/baby

28. Slippers, child or baby

22. Hat and scarf

29. Table lines

23. Pillow

30. Other miscellaneous item


DIVISION D - HANDSPUN YARNS – 100 % handspun
*MUST include a minimum 50-yard skein with label attached, including fiber content (i.e. sheep, llama, alpaca, mohair, or other. Natural silk, from silkworms is considered animal fiber.)
*Skein must be tied with 3 to 4 figure 8 ties and twisted for ease of handling

PREMIUMS: 2.50 2.00 1.50
CLASS NUMBER

1. Single ply – fine

6. Two or three ply - heavy

2. Single ply – medium

8. 3 or 4 ply specialties - knitting or weaving

3. Single ply – heavy

9. Novelties - fine

4. Two or three ply – fine

10. Novelties - medium

5. Two or three ply – medium

11. Novelties - heavy

DIVISION E - WOOL EQUIPMENT (HANDMADE)

PREMIUMS: 4.00 3.00 2.50
CLASS NUMBER
1. Large Article

PREMIUMS: 2.50 2.00 1.50
CLASS NUMBER
2. Small article

DIVISION F - FELTED FROM FLEECE
DIVISION G - FELTED FROM YARN

For both classes use classes below

PREMIUMS: 4.00 3.00 2.50
CLASS NUMBER

1. Jacket

4. Three dimensional over 15”

2. Rug

5. Miscellaneous, large

3. Vest

PREMIUMS: 2.50 2.00 1.50
CLASS NUMBER

6. Scarves

11. Mittens

7. Foot wear

12. Purse

8. Hat

13. Toy animals, dolls

9. Home décor – table runner, etc.

14. Three dimensional, under 15”

10. Jewelry

15. Miscellaneous, small

DIVISION H - MACRAME/KNOTTING - Utilizing animal or plant fiber

PREMIUMS: 4.00 3.00 2.00
CLASS NUMBER
1. Large article - hanging, tapestry, decorative or utilitarian knotted item - over 24"

PREMIUMS: 2.50 2.00 1.50
CLASS NUMBER
2. Small article - hanging, tapestry, decorative or utilitarian knotted item - under 24"

DIVISION J - BASKETRY

PREMIUMS: 4.00 3.00 2.00
CLASS NUMBER
1. Large article - decorative or utilitarian item utilizing woven basketry techniques, in natural materials - over 24"

PREMIUMS: 2.50 2.00 1.50
CLASS NUMBER
2. Small article - decorative or utilitarian item utilizing woven basketry techniques, in natural material - under 24"


DIVISION K - WEAVING - with plant or plant-based fibers
Includes handmade functional or non-functional items, cloth or yardage created using a floor loom, table loom, rigid heddle, backstrap loom, inkle loom, off-loom, or other hand-weaving method.

PREMIUMS: 4.00 3.00 2.00
CLASS NUMBER
1. Scarf
2. Table Runner
3. Table cloth
4. Table linens, set of 3 towels, 4 or more napkins, 4 or more place mats
5. Garment
6. Yardage, selvage visible, identify intended usage
7. Other miscellaneous item, large

PREMIUMS: 2.50 2.00 1.50
CLASS NUMBER
8. Doll or toy
9. Towel
10. Woven band
11. Fashion accessory
12. Other miscellaneous item, small


DIVISION L - FIBER RELATED EDUCATIONAL POSTER - Educational poster on some aspect of fiber and/or its use.

PREMIUMS: 4.00 3.00 2.00
CLASS NUMBER
1. Youth
2. Adult




Raw Fleece Form

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