Black Sheep Gathering

FIBER ARTS SHOW

Judge: Melissa Harris • Surprise Valley, California

Melissa Harris has been involved in fiber arts for 30+ years. She learned to knit from her Welsh Grandmother and later be- came interested in spinning and dyeing in the late 1970s.

She became a serious knitter ten years later and worked for Crystal Palace Yarns and their retail store, Straw into Gold, where she found helping other knitters and spinners to be rewarding. She received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, taught photography for ten years, and left the Bay Area to settle in Surprise Valley, where she lives with her family.

Melissa has been teaching knitting, spinning and rigid heddle weaving at Warner Mountain Weavers for twelve years and is the resident knitting troubleshooter. She has judged Fiber Arts and Sheep-to-Shawl competitions at The Black Sheep Gather- ing, Lambtown, and various county fairs in California.

Melissa is also an active 4-H volunteer and Fiber Arts Leader. She teaches Spinning, Dyeing, Knitting, Weaving and Felting to a new generation of Fiber Fanatics.

The mission of this show is to showcase the use of natural colored animal fibers.

The purpose of this show is to support natural colored wool and fiber production through handspinning and fiber arts.

Enter your handspun projects and join the competition.
  • Fiber Arts Entry Form
  • Item Card for each entry
  • Yarn Card for each entry
  • ENTRIES must be in place by 10am, Friday, June 23, 2017. The Fiber Arts Show will accept mail-in entries received by June 16th. Please include mailing label and funds for return postage. Entrant must also purchase tracking and insurance for return mailing.
  • RELEASE TIME is from 2-5pm, Sunday, June 25, 2017. Early release must be arranged with Fiber Arts attendants.
  • FEES: $2 per skein of yarn. $4 per fiber arts item.
  • Entry Fee will be waived for the first item entered for all juniors. To receive free entry, and to be eligible for the Black Lamb Cup, juniors must be entered in the age-appropriate classes.
  • The Judge is free to change any exhibit not properly entered in correct Lot, Class or Division.

AWARDS:

  • BEST USE OF NATURAL COLORED WOOL AWARD. Entry must be made with predominately natural colored wool.
  • THE SHARON NOFZIGER MEMORIAL BLACK LAMB CUP, sponsored by Hubbard Ranch, will be awarded to the best overall entry from those seventeen and younger. All these items will be judged before the presentation of the cup.
  • PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD, donated by Ramifications, will be awarded to the best overall entry as voted by attendees.
  • NEW! BEST WEAVING AWARD sponsored by Eugene Weavers Guild for the best handwoven piece in the Fiber Arts Show.
  • THE BLACK SHEEP CUP will be awarded to the best overall adult entry. This is a perennial trophy donated by the Black Sheep Newsletter. EXCEPTION: Lot O: Group Works will NOT be eligible to compete for this trophy.

YARN DIVISION RULES

  1. Each person entering, please fill out a Fiber Arts Entry Form.
  2. Each skein must have an Entry Info Card, for Yarn, found on the website, or at check-in at the Gathering.
  3. Yarn must have been finished within the last year by the entrant. Yarn must be from 100% animal fibers, except where noted.
  4. Yarn must be in skeins with a minimum 30 yards and a maximum of 200 yards, appropriately tied. No balls of yarn will be accepted.
  5. Each skein must have a fiber sample.
  6. Each skein must have a swatch showing intended use for yarn.
  7. All yarn must be handspun, if electric spinner was used enter in class 6, E-Spinner.

JUDGING GUIDELINES FOR YARN ENTRIES:

  1. General overall appearance.
  2. Preparation for exhibit – clean, properly skeined and tied, of listed yardage and/or weight, blocked if necessary.
  3. Suitability of fiber to yarn – amount of twist, diameter of yarn.
  4. Technique – twist evenly executed, appropriate plying twist, diameter consistent throughout, structurally durable, yarn designs consistent, consistent dyeing/blending.
  5. Suitability of yarn to use – direction of twist, amount of twist, diameter of yarn, handle of yarn, appropriate number of plies.
  6. Finished Execution – originality, creativity, complexity.

LOT:

  1. 100% Grease White Wool Yarn.
  2. 100% Grease Natural Color Wool Yarn.
  3. 100% Washed White Wool Yarn.
  4. 100% Washed Natural Color Wool Yarn.
  5. 100% Mohair Yarn, Natural Color or White.
  6. 100% Angora Rabbit Yarn, Natural Color or White.
  7. 100% Camelid Yarn, Natural Color or White.
  8. 100% Silk, Natural Color or White.
  9. 100% Cashmere, Natural Color or White.
  10. 100% Pygora Goat, Natural Color or White.
  11. 100% Other Animal Fibers (i.e., qiviut, buffalo, yak, possum, dog, etc.).
  12. Blended fibers, Natural Color or White (must be greater than 50% animal protein).
  13. Plant/Mineral-dyed Natural Color Yarn.
  14. Plant/Mineral-dyed White Yarn.
  15. Plant/Mineral-dyed Yarn from Blended Fibers (must be greater than 50% animal protein).
  16. Synthetic-dyed Natural Color Yarn.
  17. Synthetic-dyed White Yarn.
  18. Synthetic-dyed Yarn from Blended Fibers (must be greater than 50% animal protein).
  19. All natural color or white animal fiber, with addition of metallic yarn.
  20. All dyed animal fiber, with addition of metallic yarn.
  21. Raw fiber to yarn (spinner must have done all fiber processing).
00. Spinner’s Gallery – FOR DISPLAY ONLY.

CLASS:

  1. Singles.
  2. 2-ply.
  3. Multi-ply.
  4. Novelty yarn of choice.
  5. Fine-spun yarn.
  6. E-Spinner.
  7. Spindle Spun.
  8. Pee Wee handspun – age 7 and under.
  9. Children handspun – age 8-12.
  10. Teen Handspun – age 13-17.

FIBER ARTS RULES

FINISHED ITEMS

  1. Each person entering, please fill out a Fiber Arts Entry Form.
  2. Each actual item must have an Entry Info Card, found HERE or at check in at the Gathering.
  3. Item must have been finished within the last year by the entrant.
  4. Item must be made from 100% animal fiber, except where noted. A small amount of non-handspun surface embellishment is allowed, less than 5% of total, including buttons and trimmings.
  5. All knitted or crocheted items must be made from handspun yarns. Woven items must have either the entire weft or the entire warp handspun. Felted Items must be made of animal fibers.
  6. Each item entered must have a Fiber Sample.
  7. All work on finished item must be done by entrant.

JUDGING GUIDELINES FOR FIBER ARTS ENTRIES:

  1. General overall appearance.
  2. Suitability of yarn to article – consistency of spinning, appropriate yarn characteristics.
  3. Suitability of fiber to project – fiber preparation, drapability, durability, hand.
  4. Technique – gauge/sett, even tension, perfect execution, no uncorrected mistakes.
  5. Finishing – blocking, ends, cleanliness, seams, appropriate notions.
  6. Finished Execution – originality, creativity, complexity.

LOT:

  1. Made from 100% Natural Color Wool – Undyed.
  2. Made from 100% Natural Color Wool – Dyed.
  3. Made from 100% Natural Animal Fibers – Undyed (includes white wool).
  4. Made from 100% Natural Animal Fibers – Dyed (includes white wool).
  5. Made from 100% silk.
  6. Blended fibers (must be greater than 50% animal protein; includes metallic).
  7. Recycled Yarn. (Some handspinning must be involved.)

Hand-Knitted or -Crocheted

– Knitted or crocheted items must be handspun (indicate on tag).

CLASS:

  1. Sweaters, jackets, coats.
  2. Vests.
  3. Shawls, ponchos, capes.
  4. Afghans.
  5. Accessories – hats, scarves, belts, etc.
  6. Socks.
  7. Pee Wee knitted projects – age 7 and under.
  8. Children knitted projects – age 8-12.
  9. Teen knitted projects – age 13-17.

Woven

– either the entire weft or the entire warp must be handspun; remaining fibers may be either hand or machine spun and may contain plant fibers.

CLASS:

  1. Sweaters, jackets, coats.
  2. Vests.
  3. Shawls, ponchos, capes.
  4. Accessories – hats, scarves, belts, etc.
  5. Rugs, tapestries, wall hangings.
  6. Blankets, afghans and yardage.
  7. Table linens.
  8. Pee Wee weaving projects – age 7 and under.
  9. Children weaving projects – age 8-12.
  10. Teen weaving projects – age 13-17.

Felting

– Felted Items must be made of 100% animal fibers. Some small use of non-animal fiber embellishment may be allowed.

CLASS:

  1. Wet-Felted Wearable.
  2. Wet-Felted Non-wearable.
  3. Laminated Felt.
  4. Needle felted Critter or Humanoid.
  5. Needle felted Embellishment (may be commercially made base – must be natural fiber).
  6. Needle felted Other.
  7. Combination of techniques.
  8. Pee Wee Felted – age 7 and under.
  9. Children Felted – age 8 - 12.
  10. Teen Felted – age 13-17.

Miscellaneous Protein Fibers

(must be handspun)

CLASS:

  1. Machine knitted items.
  2. Stuffed animals.
  3. Locker hooking.
  4. Hooked rugs and hangings.
  5. Crewel and needlepoint.
  6. Combination of techniques.
  7. Basketry.
  8. Pee Wee projects – age 7 and under.
  9. Children projects – age 8-12.
  10. Teen projects – age 13-17.

GROUP WORKS

Collaborative projects will be judged and ribbons awarded. These projects will NOT be eligible to compete for The Black Sheep Cup or the Black Lamb Cup.

SPINNER’S GALLERY

The Spinner’s Gallery is dedicated to the memory of Sharon Nofziger’s gentle spirit. It is inspired by Sharon’s desire to have a place for people who want to exhibit this year's projects with- out particiating in the judging. The criteria and entry fees will be the same as the Fiber Arts and Yarn Show. On the entry form indicate you are entering the Spinner’s Gallery by listing the fiber arts or yarn lot to read 00.

SHEEP SHOW

Judge: Scott Culver
Corvallis, Oregon

Hello, my name is Scott Culver. I am a second generation sheep- herder. My father, Morris Culver, introduced me to the Romney sheep business at an early age. Read More.

ANGORA GOAT SHOW

Judge: Dr. Fred Speck
Kerrville, Texas

Dr. Fred Speck is a 5th generation Texas Angora goat producer. His grandfather gave him eight registered angora does and one buck to start his own herd when he was eight years old. Read More.

WOOL, MOHAIR & ALPACA SHOW

Judge: Judith MacKenzie
Forks, Washington

Judith MacKenzie has worked as a textile artist for many years. As a spinner, dyer and weaver, she has traveled and worked throughout North America and abroad. Read More.

FIBER ARTS AND YARN SHOW

Judge: Melissa Harris
Surprise Valley, California

Melissa Harris has been involved in fiber arts for 30+ years. She learned to knit from her Welsh Grandmother and later became interested in spinning and dyeing in the late 1970s. Read More.