Spinning for Speed 11am – 12pm Are you adventurous enough to try your hand at warp speed spinning? Ever try spinning blindfolded? This fun competition will test your ability to produce a lightening fast yarn that will hold together long enough to be measured. All experience levels are invited to join us for this fast and furious competition. Entry Fee $5
Why breed study spinning?
Just as there are many dog breeds that come in different sizes, colors, and coat types — there is a wide variety of sheep breeds and other fiber animals. Each has been bred throughout history to produce fiber with different characteristics. Each of them is best spun a little differently.
So how do you choose the right breed for your project? Breed studies can be immensely helpful for understanding this. Examining different breeds helps spinners learn how different fibers behave. It also gives the opportunity to find out what works best for a project. Most importantly, breed study makes us all better spinners.
Speed Spinning – 10-11am Friday March 8, 2024
Art Yarn Competition 1-2pm
Mini Breed Study – 11am – 1pm Saturday March 9, 2024
Each team will be required to take a 30-minute break. Breaks will be staggered with the first team taking a break at 11:30. When teams take a break, no work can be completed during their 30 minute timeframe. The break schedule will be determined by agreement of the teams prior to the start of the competition.
**WARP: Any natural fiber can be used for the warp. The warp may be handspun or commercial, natural colored or hand dyed at no fewer than 8 ends per inch with a required 4 shaft pattern of the team’s choice. Warp should be tied on the loom on arrival, with no header woven.
**WEFT: Each team will provide its own fleece for the weft. The fleece may be washed and/or dyed, but no further processing is allowed. Weft fiber will be prepared for spinning during the contest by teasing, flicking, hand carding, or using non-electric drum carders.
Each team will provide a storyboard poster detailing:
**Team information, names of team members, guild name if appropriate, location of team, and theme.
**Inspiration: What inspired you to make this particular shawl, color selection/pattern
**Technical information: equipment used, weaving pattern/strategy, fiber and yarn samples, spinning techniques, fiber processing methods and weaver’s notes.
Education of audience: knowledge of process and interaction with observers – 5 points
Choice and Preparation
Dyed Warp and/or Weft
Uniform preparation, size & type of yarn produced
Ability to keep weaver supplied
Straightness of edges with minimal draw in (use of temple is not allowed)
Evenness of beating
No threading or treadling errors
Aesthetic appeal, including drape, hand and appearance
Fringe—5 bonus points
Deductions for measurements outside of standards
Length—minus 5 points
Width—minus 5 points