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September 11-13, 2020

Sheep to Shawl

Sheep to Shawl

Activity Center
Sunday – 9:00 am – 1:30 pm

What is Sheep to Shawl?
Teams of up to 8 members demonstrate the process of creating a shawl, from fleece to woven fabric, using traditional methods and equipment. This will include preparing the fleece, spinning the singles, plying the yarn, and weaving a shawl in a four and one-half (4.5) hour time limit. (For this competition, no sheep will be sheared.)

Teams will provide their own fleece.  There is no breed requirement.  The fleece may be washed and or dyed, but no further processing, including picking, is permitted prior to the competition.  Warp and weft yarn must be 100% sheep wool.  Weft wool will be prepared for spinning during the contest by teasing, flicking, hand carding, hand combing, or using a (non-electric) drum carder. 

Rules and Information:

1.  Competition will begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 1:30 p.m. There will be a mandatory 30-minute lunch break taken by each team. Shawls not submitted within the competition time frame will not be eligible for judging.

2.  The handwoven shawl must be a minimum of 19” wide and 72” long off loom, excluding fringe.  No electric fringe twister allowed.  Design, color and patterns to be at the discretion of team and weaving guidelines.
3.  Loom must be manually operated, can use no more than 4 harnesses, and sett must be a minimum of 8 EPI.  Loom is to arrive at the competition warped with wool yarn and tied on only, no header woven.

4.  Warp can be commercial or handspun, natural colored or hand-dyed, but must be 100% wool. Extra points will be awarded for handspun warp. (See Scoring)

5.  Weft fiber will be provided by each team and may be of any breed.  It can be washed and dyed, but must NOT be picked, prior to the competition.  Weft fiber can be teased, flicked, hand carded, hand combed, and/or one non-electric drum carder per team can be used in weft fiber preparation during competition.  No pickers are permitted.  All yarns must be plied.  Weft yarn CANNOT exceed twice the size of the warp yarn.

6.  No electric or battery-operated machinery for any of the processes is allowed. Teams are permitted to bring electric lamps and extension cords for extra lighting. Teams are responsible for taping extension cords to the floor for safety.
7.  Each Sheep-to-Shawl Team is to consist of not more than eight (8) people to fulfill the following roles: weaver, spinners, plyers, carders/fiber prep, go-fer, and one person (who does not work on shawl) with the title of “Educational Liaison” whose sole job is to interact, communicate, and demonstrate information to the public.  Any member of the team, except for the educational liaison, can exchange jobs with any other during the competition.  All teams are required to have an educational liaison even if the team is not full. Teams may list one alternate on the registration form in case a registered team member is unable to participate.

8. The Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival will provide two 8-foot tables and 8 chairs for each team. Teams may bring their own table/chairs if preferred. Each team will have a space allocated of approximately 10x20’.  All team participants and their equipment must remain inside this space.

9.  Scoring: Points will be awarded for spinning, weaving (technical), pattern design, overall quality, team identification/display.  The judges’ decisions will be final. Judges are Henry Clemes and Susan Frame.
10.  Prizes: There will be cash prizes awarded for 1st through 4th places. Prizes and sponsors are:
1st place: Clemes & Clemes, Henry & Roy Clemes – $300 cash
2nd place: Hidden Valley Farm & Woolen Mill, Paul & Carol Wagner - $150 cash
3rd place: Fiber Garden, Deb Jones - $150 cash
4th place: Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival - $100 cash

Ribbons will be awarded to all teams.

11. Competition Schedule:
8:00 a.m. – Teams may begin set up of their work spaces
8:45 a.m. – Orientation meeting of all participants with competition coordinating team
9:00 a.m. – Competition begins
11:00 – 11:30 a.m. – Lunch break first shift (teams will be assigned lunch break times by
11:30 – 12:00 p.m. – Lunch break - second shift
1:30 p.m. – Competition ends. Shawls presented for judging
1:45 p.m. – Judging begins. Judging is open to participants and the public
2:15p.m. (time is approximate) – Award presentations

  1. There is an 8-team limit.  Entry fee: $10 per individual. Entry fees will be paid when you register.
  2. Questions about the Sheep to Shawl competition: Contact Deb Jones, email; phone 715-284-4590.

    Deadline – August 15

  3. Register

- Once at ShoWorks, you will need to CREATE AN ACCOUNT (user name and password) as an “exhibitor” even if you registered /entered in previous years.
- Continue to follow registration directions under Sheep to Shawl – Competition.
- PLEASE NOTE! Only one team member from each team can register.
- SELECT TEAM SIZE: (Not including alternate) which will generate the correct payment.
- ORDER - Once you have an entry in your shopping cart, you can save your progress and return   at a later time. Returning users can sign in with user name and password.

- PAYMENT - No saved registrations can be guaranteed unless payment is made. Payment must be made by credit card at the end of the registration process through our secure online system.

- When you are finished registering, you’ll receive an email confirmation. However, it is suggested that you PRINT YOUR ORDER in case your email confirmation does not go through. If you forget to print your order or entered an incorrect email address, ShoWorks stores your order in your profile. You may reprint your order at any time.


Judging Scorecard - Click for printable card

Team Name: ___________________________________________Final Score:______________

Circle team placing:              1                      2                      3                      4                      5

Team Identification and Display (10 points maximum):____________
Display may include equipment, posters, and other informational items to educate the public. Teams may wear matching aprons, shirts, etc. Team area should be clearly identified. Judges notes::


Spinning (55 points maximum):____________
Yarn design, twist (both in singles and plied yarns), wpi, appropriateness of yarn to design/sett, yards produced, etc. Judges notes:


Weaving (30 points maximum):____________
Selvages, evenness of beat, even width at all points, ends, errors, etc. Judges notes:


Pattern/Design (15 points maximum):____________
Sett, weave pattern, appropriateness of design/pattern to warp and weft, complexity of design and/or color in yarn and finished shawl, etc. Judges notes:


Overall Quality (40 points maximum):____________
Overall quality including fringe, finish, evenness, size, drape/hand of fabric, suitability, etc. Judges notes:
Total Base Points (150 maximum):____________

Handspun warp (circle one; 10 bonus points if “yes”):      YES__________NO___________

15 point deduction if shawl is not minimum size:____________
GRAND TOTAL:____________

Shawls not turned in by the competition ending time will be reviewed by the judges and receive feedback, but they will not be placed.

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