Festival Contests 2017

Explore your creative side! Our Festival contests are not just for fiber arts. See category descriptions below and let your imagination run wild.

2017 Not-Just-Fiber-Arts Contest Categories:

Handspun Yarn

Any yarn weight is accepted. Yarn must consist of at least 50% animal fiber and can be natural or dyed colors. Show us your spinning magic!

Each handspun skein must contain a minimum of 2 oz of fiber for dk, worsted or bulky weight, 1 oz for lace, fingering or sport weight. Each skein must be 1-1/2 to 2 yards in circumference, wound neatly and tied in at least two places.

Skeins will be judged on consistency of spinning and plying, appropriate hand and overall quality.

Sweaters, Shawls & Socks, Oh My!

This year we hope you will share your hand-knit or crocheted Sweaters, Shawls and Socks at the 2017 Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival. This is always a wonderful opportunity for knitters and crocheters to share your beautiful creations and have them judged by our hand-selected and passionate judges.

These items will have both a commercial and hand-spun category. The judges will be looking at craftspersonship and technique, aesthetics, originality and complexity.

Felted Friends

Show us your felted wooly friends; imaginary or realistic, needle felted or wet–felted. These wooly friends always seem to take on a life of their own, and it is hard not to fall in love with every single creation.

Words, Photos & Paintings

Share with us your words and views through poems, photography or drawings and paintings, highlighting and celebrating your unique view of beauty and wonder focused on our animals (sheep, goats, alpacas, llamas, rabbits, cows…even guinea hens! No animal left behind here!) in Vermont’s landscape.

The Next (Wooly) Generation (for fiber lovers 12 and under)

Show off your fiber creations! Knit or crochet clothes for your dolls, a blanket for your dog, a hat or dishtowel, a needle felted picture or what ever your marvelous imagination can come up with using animal fiber as your medium.

Please read if you are entering one of the Festival Contests:

Contestants may enter a maximum of two entries per category.

Fiber category entries must be at least 50% animal fibers.

Judges reserve the right to reassign entries to a more appropriate category.

Judges’ decisions are final.

Directions for delivering your contest entries:

Entries may be mailed or hand delivered to Green Mountain Spinnery, to be received no later than Sept 27, 2017.
Mailing address: Green Mountain Spinnery, Attn: Contest Entry, PO Box 568, Putney VT 05346-0568.

Entries may be delivered to the Tunbridge Fairgrounds on Friday, Sept 29 from 3 to 5pm or on Saturday, Sept 30 from 9 to 10am.

Entries will be returned by mail upon request if a self addressed and stamped mailer is included with the entry.

Entries shall be on display until 3pm on Sunday, Oct 1. Contestants shall pick up entries between 3 and 4pm on Sunday, Oct 1.

The Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival will make every effort to display and care for contest entries, but assumes no responsibility in the event of damage or loss of entries.

Judging will take place Saturday morning. Contest area will be closed to the public until judging is completed.

Click the links in the boxes below to access the files for the Contest Entry Cards and for the Contest Summary Form.

Each entry MUST be accompanied by TWO copies of the Entry Card.

Each person entering contests must fill out ONE Summary Form. 

Please follow these rules to help us ensure that we can identify the contestants and their entries.

Not-Just-Fiber-Arts Contest Entry Cards Contest Summary Form

Many thanks to Green Mountain Spinnery for organizing the Festival contests.


 A sampling of the 2016 contest entries