Monday, April 26, 2010

Blue Ridge Fiber Show

Deadline: August 13, 2010 (RECEIVE)

2010 Blue Ridge Fiber Show: inspirations from nature
... an international, biennial celebration of fiberarts
Western North Carolina Fibers/Handweavers Guild
North Carolina Arboretum
Asheville, NC
October 2, 2010 - November 28, 2010

Mission Statement
The purpose of the Blue Ridge Fiber Show is to encourage and support handloom weavers, spinners and felters at all levels and to increase public awareness of their work.

Amateur, Professional and Junior Divisions are in the following Main Categories:

Hand Weaving Category - includes traditional floor looms, frame looms, biaxial interlacing plus triaxial, card, inkle, loom types operated with a harness system, as opposed to hooks.

1. Accessories (wearable) - scarves, shawls, purses, jewelry, liturgical, etc.
2. Decorative Functional (home decor) - linens, rugs, pillows, afghans, etc; excludes off-loom basketry.
3. Decorative Non-Functional - wall hangings, tapestries, 3-D work, etc; excludes off-loom basketry.
4. Constructed Clothing – cut and sewn garments made from at least 75% handwoven cloth.
5. Yardage - Minimum 18 inches (45.7 cm) width, 3 yards (2.7 m) length; maximum 60 inches (1.5 m) width, 10 yards (9.1 m) length, 40 pounds (18.1 Kg) weight. Entry must include an 8" x 8" (20.3 cm square) handling piece.

Spinning Category - Plant, animal or synthetic fibers twisted together to form yarn. Characteristics of spun yarn vary based on the material used, fiber length and alignment, quantity of fiber used, and degree of twist.

1. Spinner’s Challenge - Entry must be 3 hand spun skeins from the same fiber, at least 50 yards each in 3 weights for a total of 150 yards: fine/fingering weight (16+ wpi); medium/worsted weight (12 to 14 wpi); and bulky weight (10 or fewer wpi).
2. Hand Spun Novelty Yarn - Entry must be a skein of at least 50 yards of hand spun novelty yarn. Identify intended use.
3. Hand Spun Yarn For A Project - Entry must be a skein of at least 50 yards of hand spun yarn accompanied by an 8” x 8” swatch that is handwoven, knitted or crocheted showing how this yarn can be used in a completed project.
4. Hand Spun Yarn Into a Handwoven Project - Entry must be a completed project using 100% hand spun yarns.

Felting Category - Technique that produces a non-woven sheet of matted material which is most frequently made from wool, hair or fur created by the entanglement of a mass of fibers that takes place when heat, moisture and pressure are combined. Includes needle felting. “Fulling” is excluded.

1. Decorative - Figures, animals, sculptural, wall hangings, etc.
2. Accessories (wearables) - Scarves, shawls, purses, jewelry, liturgical, etc.
3. Garments - Fully executed garment, can include techniques such as nuno, traditional wet felting, needle felting, and/or in combination with other fabric.

Entrants may submit up to two entries per Main Category (weaving, spinning, felting). One form may be used for up to two entries. Each pair of entries requires a separate form and separate non-refundable fee of $30 (Amateurs and Professionals) or $10 ( Juniors). Fee may be check or money order in US funds.

Downloads: [pdf format]

spinning category entry form:
Weaving category entry form:
Felting category entry form:

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