We traveled to the Bloomsburg Fair yesterday to participate in its first Fleece-to-Shawl competition. The theme of our shawl was Basket of Apples.  Its warp was a natural-color, light brown, basket weave with hand-dyed red (Empire), yellow (Golden Delicious), and green (Granny Smith) stripes in a name draft pattern derived from the word Apple. A name draft is created by assigning a letter of the alphabet to each shaft of the loom and then threading the shafts according to the pattern determined by the chosen word or phrase. The weft was spun from the fleece of a white shetland-cross ewe by the name of Ewenice. Clicking any of the gallery images below will take you to a carousel view, the x in the upper left will bring you back to this post.

11 thoughts on “Competition

    • Yup! Joanna has always been a knitter … spinner … and weaver. As a kid she had always thought that sheep-to-shawl looked like lots of fun. Participating in these competitions has been, for her, something of a dream-come-true! Keep an eye out for a post concerning the State competition in January! D

  1. The shawl is lovely; I wish I could feel the ‘hand’. I hope you got a good price but you look like you were all having a great time … what better way to spend a day 🙂

    • If I remember correctly it brought $350 .. not too bad, first took $375. Thanks for the comment. Oh yeah … Joanna says it has a nice drape but should be even nicer once washed. D

    • Thanks! Joanna really enjoys these events. Getting together with friends, seeing a new place, and creating a beautiful garment is really a nice way to spend a day. Thanks again for taking time to send along a few good words. D

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