Woolcraft Competition – Tips for skeins


4 Ties or Less

There is no compulsory number of ties for skeins at the Woolcraft competition.

In the days when niddy noddys were 18 inches long (making a 2 yard skein), 4 ties was the usual in order to keep the skein neat and tidy.  Nowadays niddy noddys come in many sizes, so changing the “rules”.


Through your work you are on show and a neat and tidy well presented skein may well earn you “WOW” points.

An untidy messy skein loosely tied, with ties made from thread other than the skein itself will attract the eye of the judge, but probably for the wrong reasons.

Use your discretion. Use ties from the skein itself, as many as required to make your skein present well, and trim the ends neatly. Remember the skein will be opened and lengthened for judging, so loose ends can come untucked.

Rewinding a skein after wet finishing can also improve the final appearance.

Good luck to all

Jay Peterson
Woolcraft Committee

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