Left 'Til The Festival
September 6-8, 2024

Open & Shetland Handspun Skein Competition

Sunday – Activity Center

CHECK-IN:Friday: 8:00 – 5:00 Saturday: 8:00 – 3:00

JUDGING: Sunday - 9:00 a.m.


I – Shetland

II – Other Wool (list) 

III – Llama

IV – Alpaca

V – 100% Other - (list) (i.e. dog, camel, goat, Angora, yak, cotton, etc.)

VI – Blended Fiber - list (combination of 2 or more fibers)

VII – Novelty - list (i.e. beaded, insert, unbalanced, flubby, yarn bump, etc.)

CLASSES:Ages as of January 1 of the current year.

  1. Youth – age 11 and under
  2. Youth - age 12 – 17
  3. Beginner: Over 18 years, less than 1 year experience
  4. Intermediate: Over 18 years. 1-2 years experience
  5. Experienced: Over 18 years, 3-4 years experience
  6. Advanced: Over 18 years, over 5 years experience
  7. Advanced-Current Instructor – Have taught or teaching spinning
  8. Drop Spindle: Under 1 year experience
  9. Drop Spindle: 1-2 years experience
  10. Drop Spindle: 3 or more years experience


  1. Baby/Lace: 22> WPI
  2. Fingering: 19-22 WPI
  3. Sport: 15-18 WPI
  4. DK: 12-14 WPI
  5. Worsted: 9-11 WPI
  6. Bulky: 7-8 WPI
  7. Super Bulky: <6 WPI 

CRITERIA:Skeins judged on a point system. Points based on following criteria:

  1. Fiber Preparation/Cleanliness
  2. Spinning Technique
  3. Skill (Difficulty)
  4. Finishing,
  5. Appropriateness for intended use.
  6. Sample swatch included

Entries open to public viewing during registration, during check-in hours and at completion of judging until 3:00 Sunday. All entries must be picked up between 3:00 – 3:30 on Sunday. Judging open to the public, but please, no questions or talking during the judging phase. Thank you!




$5.00 per skein entry fee. Use downloadable on-line form. Entries must be filled out completely when entrant registers or the entry will be disqualified. Judge and/or superintendent reserve the right to give awards to quality skeins only, move skeins to appropriate categories, split, close or combine classes.

  1. All work must be that of the entrant.
  2. Skeins entered must not have been entered in previous Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival competitions. 
  3. Skeins must be TWO or more ounces in weight (attached swatch can be added to weight)
  4. Skeins must be wound on a TWO-YARD niddy-noddy 
  5. All entries must be gently figure-eight tied in four places. Do not twist into a tight skein but leave hanging loosely.
  6. ALL skeins MUST have a 3”x3”, no larger than 4”x4” swatch attached to the skein. Swatches can be Crochet, Knit, Woven, or other method showing the yarn in a finished example. Points will be deducted for skeins not having the required swatch.
  7. The Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival, LLC assumes no liability for lost, stolen, or damaged entries.
  8. Questions: Text/email Lisa Shuppe 262 573-3110, [email protected]


  1. Ribbon award to 1st and 2nd places in all classes, lots and categories.
  2. Monetary award to 1st and 2nd places in all classes, lots and categories.
  3. Achievement Certificate awarded to all categories, classes and lots.
  4. All 1st place monetary award winners will be combined for a single Best in Show Award.

PREMIUMS:First Place - $10.00Second Place - $5.00Best in Show - $25.00

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