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Judge's comment forms are now in paw, having arrived in yesterday's mail. Not bad, really. They score on a 50 point scale, and my scores were 40 for the handwoven scarf, 42 for the purple onions overshot, and 44 for the wall hanging that got third place. The handwritten notes make it clear that the judge in fact liked all three pieces. Competition was intense, certainly.

I received the prize last week. The third place award in the tapestries and wall hangings was-- two balls of purple yarn. Ironic, no? But I'll figure out something to do with it.

I've got an itch to put a warp onto the big loom now. That's the one my shawl was woven on last year. It's the size of a small piano but fortunately doesn't weigh as much. 'Tivo wants a Peruvian ruana and has had the wool yarn for it stored up for years. I think it's time. I'd like to use sectional warping, though, because this will be a large warp. I need a couple of additional tools for that, which means shopping around and ordering them from the least costly source.

Meanwhile, I'm spinning. I have a big box of white wool from our sheep Dodge, all washed and carded, ready to spin. Started this morning, and looks like it will go pretty fast. This will make a sportweight woolen knitting yarn, suitable for sweaters, scarves, and other garments. I'm using a long draw technique, which makes a slightly fuzzy, lofty yarn that should be quite warm. There should be enough yarn to knit a full sweater from, but I'll most likely go for several smaller items instead.
argos: Myself working at the loom (weaver)
For the first time since 2004, a weaving judge has awarded my work a placement. Of course it figures that it wouldn't be the serious effort of the purple onion piece, or the deliberate simplicity of the rustic scarf. I got the third in tapestries and wall hangings for the "Homage to the Cat in the Hat," an afterthought tossed off in one weekend because I could do it and was entitled to one more entry for my basic member's fee.

Funny. As a writer, 'Tivo has trouble understanding editors. As an artist and craftsperson, I have trouble understanding judges and committees. It's not that there were only three entries in the category, either. I thought to check on that. Can't wait to see the judge's comments. They ought to be amusing at least.

Not that I think the piece is bad. It's technically pretty decent and consistent, meets the requirements for the class, and so forth. But had I been the judge, I doubt it would have gotten a placement. ;p

Show opens

Oct. 7th, 2009 06:30 pm
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View color flyer here (PDF)

What: Woodstock Weavers Guild 12th annual show, combined with Hollow Tree Spinners
Where: Old Courthouse Arts Center, 101 Johnson (on the Square), Woodstock, Illinois
When: Thursday, October 8, 2009 through Sunday, November 1, 2009
Hours: Thursday-Friday 11 am to 5 pm, Sunday 1 to 5 pm, Monday-Wednesday CLOSED

*tail wags*

I have eleven pieces in the show. Judging was not complete when I was last in the gallery, but I had three firsts and three thirds in spinning at that point.

That's not why you should go, though. There are gorgeous things to see. Clothing, rugs, tapestry, table linens, and more. Visit the Square on Saturday morning and there's a farmer's market as well. Restaurants and boutiques surround the park in the center, which is just beginning to develop fall color. See the historic Woodstock Opera House, and the former jail that at various times held famous prisoners like Eugene V. Debs or John Dillinger. Apple orchards in the area are open and busy selling ripe apples, cider, doughnuts and other goodies.

If you are in the Rockford-Crystal Lake-Elgin-McHenry area of Illinois, or the Elkhorn-Walworth-Lake Geneva area of Wisconsin, this is well worth the trip. Come see.

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