Are you happy when you enter your stitchery in the county fair?

Community Leader
Registered: 07-31-1998
Are you happy when you enter your stitchery in the county fair?
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Wed, 08-01-2012 - 8:04pm

I am a wee bit on the unhappy side! I entered two pieces of needlepoint (the pictures are posted here somewhere) and I got a second and a third. These were the only two pieces of needlepoint entered! There were 4 pieces of counted cross stitch. Now entries read: Adult crafts, Section 135 needlework general and subsection 1 (counted cross sttich or 2 needlepoint. I think they judged them all together which isn't appropriate. I had people come up to me at the fair and want to know why I didn't get a first! Beats me!

Have you had this same experience?

It does concern me about the lack of needlework entries. We are not going to be able to keep this art form going if people don't see it and admire it and decide to try their hand at it.

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Registered: 01-03-2001
I'm apprehensive... Because in our fair, they've actually lumped some embroidery in with quilts!

I'm going to look tomorrow but I already know the fate of four of mine. Blues for "Sewing with Mama", for my pair of cats ("Purrfect" and "CatPack") and for my embroidered Christmas tree ornament set...and a red for my plastic canvas Carosel Horse ornament set. Do not know what result for my perforated paper ornament set or for "Ornaments ala Round" (which is the one competing with quilts!) ... A friend looked yesterday for Charlie and I conned him into showing me the photos.

They never say how any entries so I have to wait for the newspaper to publish results to see if my non-blues had any competition at all. I suppose if they have "real" judges who judge on points instead of ranging, it would be possible to have the top entry in a category not get a blue but I know "OUR" fair isn't likely to have any certified judges...

I know that entries have been low in the past and since they only allowed 3 hours to bring in entries instead of all day, I suspect they did't expect many entries this year either.



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Registered: 01-03-2001

I went early to avoid the heat (it's supposed to be 95 today adn that is in teh sahde, NOT in one of those un-air-conditioned metal fair sheds!) and took pictures...

Four blue ribbons...
*Cross-stitch set of ornaments
* set of perforated paper ornaments (hard to see as it was so far away!) 
* "Sewing with Mama" in the 14-ct framed picture needlework category

* Set of needlework framed pictures, any fabric count ("Purrfect" and "Cat Pack")

One red (plastic canvas Christmas ornaments, set of three) - I saw the blue in that category, I think, and I don't know why they were considered better than mine but, hey, I'll take it!
and one white --- "Ornaments ala Round" in the fair theme "Twas the Night Before Christmas". Sadly, it was up against quilts and so really didn't have a snowball's chance of doing better, I fear. Not bad for something I rushed to get ready, I suppose, but I'm still disappointed considering the effort I did put in, the amount of metallic and beading on it, etc... Bad photo as it was way to far away for me to get close enough to get a good pic.
My fair record is perfect --- three years of entries, every entry has come away with a ribbon of some sort! Michael Phelps, eat your heart out! LOL But maybe I should quit while I'm ahead because that's only $19 in prize money this year and the entry fee was $24 - truly not a financial success!!!



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Registered: 05-23-2001

Hi everyone - it's me!  

Mary Frances - I would definitely look at the Guide book to see what system they use to judge.  Then ask someone there if all the needlework was lumped into one group to be judged.  That just doesn't seem right.  But what's really sad is what a poor turnout they had!  While it does seem like the entries keep decreasing, we still have a fairly decent turnout.  We also have a lot of different sections, divisions, etc.  So there were lots of ribbons.  I think that really helps to keep things going.  I dont know if they always have a Certified Judge, but I know they did last year because she was a member of our Guild.  She did give us a presentation on what judges look for in an item.  Seems a little unfair to me, but one of the big things they look at is the framing - if it's stretched tight enough, if the framing used is appropriate, etc.

  Our Guild also staffs a table in front of the main needlework display (they also scatter some others here & there) which allows us to try to recruit new members, of course, but also just chat & encourage people to get back into stitching if they've gotten away from it.  Even if they do have to use a larger count fabric - eyesight seems to be one of the biggest reasons people have given us.  I know we have one lady who stitches pillows on 7-count fabric now because that's all she can see & they're beautiful.

Carol - I chatted with one older woman & her daughter the other day where the daughter used to stitch a lot, but has gotten away from it & is now rubber stamping - the opposite of me!  We exchanged email addresses & may arrange a magazine & supplies swap.

 I can't believe they lumped a cross-stitch piece with quilts!  It's not even a picture of quilts!  Or a crazy quilt piece.  How strange is that?  So they list the results in the newspaper there?  What a great idea!  Can you send me a link to the article when it's published?  I'd like to encourage the paper & the fair here to do that.  They do that at the Harvest Fair for the wines.  I love all your entries.  I think that here a lot of people save their Christmas ornaments to enter at the Harvest Fair.  They don't have nearly as many categories of crafts & foods then, but they do have some & that is one of them.

Liz

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Registered: 01-03-2001
lizinsr wrote:

 

 I can't believe they lumped a cross-stitch piece with quilts!  It's not even a picture of quilts!  Or a crazy quilt piece.  How strange is that?  

So they list the results in the newspaper there?  What a great idea!  Can you send me a link to the article when it's published?  I'd like to encourage the paper & the fair here to do that.  


I know. As soon as I saw teh title "wall HAnging or framed picture" I knew that entering was futlie but I tried anyway. First place did go to another embroidered piece but I couldn't make it out from where it was hung (no cpose access) but second place went to a huge quilt! 

As soon as the paper comes out with the winner list, I'll get you a lonk, or if that doesn't work, I'll send you a hard copy (I'll probably need an addy but I'll let you know when or if that happens.). 



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Registered: 01-03-2001
It so happens that one of the quilt guild members is on the needlework committee for our county fair so I cornered her Thursday night and asked her some questions...

First, who judged? She said they had four judges, NOT the committee, who were all qualified judges, so...

Second, why no comments or "clues" as to why a piece placed (or didn't place) where it did? It turns out that judges had all of three hours this year to see ALL the needlework entries in all categories (knitting, crochet, quilting, embroidery, sewing, etc...) so there simply wasn't enough time.

Third, why were different kinds of needlework competing against each other (like quilts and embroidery, or embroidery of different types, etc)? She said it bothered her too and agreed that it wasn't fair competition, BUT the fair board sets the number of classes and categories within each class (she didn't say but probably based on prize moneys available) and the committee must therefore limit their categories even though they would like to provide a better mix, variety, etc.

But she said she'd raise these issues at the next meeting.


At least our fair isn't totally controlled by the "church ladies" I've heard others complain about...



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Community Leader
Registered: 07-31-1998

Sonoma County, where Liz lives and Marin County are known for having good judges for needle works of various kinds. Solano County, where I live is known for not having good judges. So people from my guild will drive over to Marin County to enter their work. I have been to the Marin County Fair and they also exhibit it well and there is lots to see. So I would say good judging begets more entries not the other way around.

I have shown in a number of shows, not just fair shows and it is unusal for the judges to say why they chose what they chose but you can usually figure it out if every thing is spread out all over the place and you can see things from the same class.

It does drive me crazy when machine quilts are judged against hand quilted ones. That to me is so unfair and this from a non-quilter!

 

Community Leader
Registered: 07-31-1998

I got a check for $8.00 today for my second and third! Now that is better than a sharp stick in the eye!! LOL!!!

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-23-2001

I obviously am spending too much time on Facebook...I read your post & went to click on the "LIKE" button. LOL!

 

Liz

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-03-2001

 

lizinsr wrote:

I obviously am spending too much time on Facebook...I read your post & went to click on the "LIKE" button. LOL!

 

You surely are! But thanks as you made me laugh!



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