Competition Tips

Before posting your Entry Form:

  • Read the Conditions of Entry carefully, before selecting which categories best suit your set of skills.
  • Check entry closing date.
  • Check the glossary of terms for any definition you might need to clarify. If you are still doubtful, email Dot Vallance (
  • If you want your entry returned to you by mail, follow the instructions on the Entry Form.

When packaging your Exhibit:

  • Ensure your garment/article has met the fibre requirements.
  • Put all the samples (fibre and yarn) required for your entry neatly and appropriately labelled into the sample bag.
  • Attach the exhibit ticket and sample bag with a safety-pin.
  • No names are to appear on any entry.
  • Include a photo and storyboard with your entry if required or you feel it would enhance your entry.
  • Check the Conditions of Entry again.
  • If posting your entry, send by Registered Mail and allow time for your entry to arrive in time.
  • Packaging must be sturdy enough to care for your article to and from the show.


  • Carefully check your WPI (see Glossary of Terms) and skein weight.
  • Spinning needs to be consistent, even and the plying technique should suit the fibre.
  • Provide quality fleece samples.
  • Tie skeins with matching handspun and tuck the ends in neatly.
  • Creative/novelty/art yarn must be three (3) distinct methods. Three (3) variations in plying are not distinct but similar.
  • Add explanatory notes for the judges if anything may be potentially unclear (e.g. purposely done randomness).

Garments and Other Articles:

  • Pay attention to the finish of your article/garment.
  • There should be no loose threads.
  • Seams should match.
  • Garment sleeve lengths should match, buttons should match the buttonholes, and the head should be able to go through the neck hole.
  • Accessories (e.g. buttons, zippers) should match as best as possible with the garment.
  • Pattern structure should be regular.
  • Weave extra length if you intend to match a pattern.
  • If you have deliberately done something non traditional (e.g. dark coloured Aran jumper or an irregular pattern include an explanation for the judge).
  • Judges can turn an entry upside down and inside out. They can hold entries up to the light to check tension changes.
  • Judges can use your sample to do a fibre content burn test.


  • Judges are volunteers who do their very best. They appreciate the work you have done and know how it feels to put yourself out there.
  • Judges love to see a range of items and hate disqualifications.
  • Judges have a limited amount of time so appreciate your entry in the best possible condition with supplemental information if appropriate.
  • There are two to three judges for every category and judges only judge the same category for two consecutive years.

6 responses to “Competition Tips

  1. dinah barton December 11, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    is there a size restriction for wallhangings I do textile art working on one using wool (1metre by 70cms) is that too big?

    • Dot Vallence December 14, 2012 at 9:32 pm

      Hi Dinah,
      Thanks for the question. No problem with the size of your artwork, sounds exciting! We look forward to seeing your entry,
      Dot Vallence (Chair Woolcraft Committee)

  2. Jillian December 27, 2013 at 11:06 am

    I see there is a theme to the competition (a riot of colour inspired by Australian native birds). Do entries need to address this theme or is that optional?

    • woolcrafter January 4, 2014 at 6:51 pm

      Hi Jillian

      The theme is optional but entries that follow the theme are eligible for a special prize sponsored by the Kyneton Handweavers & Spinners Group Inc for the ‘Most Outstanding Entry with Theme’ .

  3. Gaynor Reeves March 28, 2014 at 11:47 am

    I have a large crocheted knee rug which is a riot of autumnal colours. Is there a section in which this may be entered?

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