Aug 19

Yesterday was the 2013 Indiana State Fair Sheep to Shawl and I was blessed again to be one of the two judges.  This time, we had a surprise waiting for us, though.  There were two adult teams as well as four youth teams.  I was so happy to see them!!!!

And we’ll start with the two adult teams.  Tomorrow, I’ll talk about the youth teams.  Otherwise, this blog post would be very long and with lots and lots of pictures.

First was the national anthem…


…and then it was start spinning!


Serendipity used a BFL fleeces for the warp dyed with several natural dyes randomly placed.  Personally, I loved this warp.  The texture was nice and I adored the colors.  The weft was from a Romney ewe.  Both sheep are owned by the weaver, Donna Jo Copeland.   Donna Jo also dyed the weft yarn.


And the rest of their table was nice and colorful with hand spun yarns created by some of the team members.


Here is their warp on the loom all ready to go as soon as the spinners had yarn ready for the weaver.

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The rest of the team did their part and soon the weaving started.  I’ve known most of these ladies for years and it was great to have them there.

The second team was the Warped Weavers.

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Isn’t their motto a hoot?


The Shetland for this shawl was very nice.  Shetland is a personal favorite of mine, so I was interested to see how this would turn out.


Nancy the Weaver is doing some last minute tweaking on the warp.


And soon she was weaving.  Isn’t the undulating twill interesting?  And I love how the black weft pops against the gray warp.  Very nice!!


They even had a hand spun and hand knitted sweater made by team member Tim Ackerman.  It felt lovely!

The Warped Weavers was the first adult team to turn in their shawl with Serendipity coming in later.  Both shawls were finished very well.


But in the end, it was The Warped Weavers who came in first by a slight margin.  Their spinning was awesome, especially the warp, and their pattern choice was visually interesting.  Also, the feel and drape of the shawl was very nice as was the feel of the Shetland wool.  They did have some treadling issues, though, which meant their points weren’t as high as they could have been.

Serendipity narrowly came in second, mostly because the warp colors could have been more random and the Romney weft made it a bit itchy.  Also, it was denser and not as drapey as the all Shetland shawl.  It was so hard to judge these, because my personal favorite is Serendipity’s.  And I wasn’t the only one who thought that because it came in first for the Team Choice Awards for the adult teams.  I can’t wait to see what these teams do next year.

The Warped Weaver’s shawl brought in $350 in the auction and Serendipity brought in $175.  It was all I could do not to bid on Serendipity’s shawl.

Tomorrow, I’ll talk about the youth teams and show you what they did.

Wednesday, I’ll post the “L” photos for the week.