Tuesday, August 11, 2015

I've Got the Blues

I brought home a significant pile of ribbons from the 2015 Chilliwack Fall Fair! Of the 13 classes I entered I came home with 14 ribbons. How is that even possible you ask? Well three of my first place entries also took home those gorgeous "big ribbons" that my 6 year old granddaughter loves so much!

I'm very pleased that my handwoven Saori tunic not only received a first in it's class (handwoven garment), it also received a beautiful "Best in Show" ribbon.

 Yay for free style weaving becoming more of an accepted art form. 

In that class, along with the big rosette ribbon, I received a nice gift basket.

It contained a couple of cones of weaving cotton, a book light, a plaque, a package of post it notes, a great little pair of scissors, a small rotary mat, and some yarn needles of a style I have never even seen before. Can't wait to try those out!

I entered a two part purse (a black inner purse and a removable Saori woven outer section) in the "Craft Project: Handbag or Tote" class of the sewing section. It received a first place ribbon and a "Best in Section" rosette.

Apparently there were a few laughs over the tiny little sweater I entered in the "Knitted Sweater, any size" class. I don't think they pictured doll size entries when they wrote "any size", but it still won a first and the "Best in Section", perhaps because it IS actually a full sized adult woman knitting pattern that I miniaturized by knitting it with laceweight yarn and 1.5mm and 2.0mm needles.

I also entered a lace cowl in the hand knitting section. It received a first place ribbon.

Another score for the advancement of Saori weaving: my Saori woven rainbow clutch won a first in the "Bag, any style, shape or size" class of the hand weaving section, ---

-- as did a Saori woven scarf which I entered in the "Scarf woven with handspun" class.

So here they are together the six items that took first place.

I'll be back soon to show you the 2nd and 3rd place items, and I'll even show you my submissions that did NOT win.


Marjorie M. said...

Wow! Very impressive! It's great to have your efforts rewarded. Well done!

Gene Black said...

A huge congrats to you. I can't imagine knitting that tiny sweater.
Is that clutch made from extra fabric from your rainbow tabard? Or is it just similar? It is exquisite.

Marlene said...

Thanks Majorie. Though I do my fibre arts primarily for my own creative self expression yes, it is nice to occasionally receive outside validation.

Tiny knitting is pretty much the same as regular sized knitting Gene. As long as you have good lighting and a magnifier all the motions are the same. The hard part (if selling comissions) is getting people to understand that an in scale doll sweater is every bit as much work as knitting a full sized human sweater.

Yes, the clutch and also the outer section of the handbag are both created from the same warp as my rainbow tabard. It's a fabulous weight for fabric that will be sewn and I will eventually do another with the same mercerized cotton.

Ruinwen Dagorielle said...

Wow! That is fantastic! Congrats! I really adore how that yellow tunic came out! :)