Sheep to Shawl

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Agro Expo Spinning Competition

Holstein’s Agro Expo will be hosting its first Sheep to Shawl and Drop Spindle competitions this year, 2018.

Sheep to Shawl is a competition, between teams of six (6) members, to spin raw wool into yards of yarn and use that yarn to weave and complete a shawl approximately 60” long by 20” wide, in just four (4) hours.

Drop Spindle competition is for solo competitors to spin a minimum of 15 grams of wool roving into a two (2) ply yarn on a drop spindle, in an effort to create the longest, best quality of yarn they can in just two (2) hours.

The fleece for the weft of the shawl and roving for the drop spindlers will be provided by local sheep producers.

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First come, first served, minimum of four teams.

Competition date: Saturday July 7, 2018;   9:00am-1:00pm

Entry fee: $60.00/ team; includes entry to all events on both days of the Expo; parking is free

Judging Saturday at 1:00pm, judge TBA

*special note; due to space restrictions registration will be limited to four (4) teams on a first come basis.

Rules:

  • Each team will have six competing members. A seventh team member is welcome to be part of that team to be a spokesperson.
  • Local raw fleece will be provided for each team. A draw will used to distribute the fleeces to the teams.
  • The finished shawl must have an area no less than 1,200 square inches and a length no less than 60 inches.
  • Each team will provide its own warped loom. Warp must be between 8-12 epi, 100% sheep’s wool, commercial or handspun yarn and it may be natural colour, hand dyed or commercially dyed. Locally sourced wool and yarn are preferred.
Score card:
  1. suitability of yarn design and content of warp  20%
  2. technical quality of spun yarn  20%
  3. technical quality of the structure of the shawl  20%
  4. minimum dimension requirements  10%
  5. creative presentation of display, presentation of shawl and supporting information, and interaction with audience  10%
  6. completion time  (4 hour limit)  20%
  • Event passes for each member of the team will be sent to each team leader upon receipt of entry.
  • Competitors are welcome and encouraged to set up and demonstrate spinning on Friday afternoon if they wish. This spinning is not to be used as part of the competition.

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Cash Prizes for Sheep to Shawl

First: $120.00 / team

Second: $100/team

Third: $80/team

Drop Spindle Competition (Ewe to Yarn)

Competition Date: Saturday, July 7, 2018; 1:30pm-3:30pm

Entry Fee: $15, pre-registration is encouraged, last minute registrations will be accepted

Judging Saturday at 3:30pm, judge TBA

Rules:  

  1. Each contestant will construct a skein of plied wool yarn weighing no less than 15 grams.
  2. The yarn will be spun and plied using a drop spindle and the skein will be wound using a 1 meter niddy noddy. Each contestant will be provided with wool roving.
  3. The skein must be spun within the 2 hour alotted.
  4. Score card:
  •  uniformity and quality of singles               25%
  •  weight and length of skein                         20%
  •  presentation of the skein                           10%
  •  time for completion (2 hour limit)           20%
  •  uniformity and quality of ply                     25%

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Cash Prizes for Drop Spindle Competition (Ewe to Yarn)

  • First: $25
  • Second: $20
  • Third:$15

For information and registration contact Bridget Misener, bridgetmisener@live.ca

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Registrations can be mailed to:

 Bridget Misener, 223586 Southgate Rd 22, RR#2, Holstein, ON  N0G2A0