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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- 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.