Evergreen State Fair – woo hoo!

Dear Evergreen State Fair,

Flattery will get you everywhere:

The ribbon roundup was as follows:

  • First place
  • Award of Excellence (green and white rosette, given at judges’ discretion; Open Class Needle Arts)
  • Best of Division (purple rosette; Hardanger division)
  • Class Winner (purple and white rosette; Hardanger colorwork class)
  • Sweepstakes (green and red rosette; Open Class Needle Arts)

However, the centerpiece was displayed backwards!  I was warned that this often happens with Hardanger pieces, but when I turned it in, the entry desk pinned a label to the front, so I thought it was safe.  Somewhere in the process, the label was removed, and here we are.  It’s a little embarrassing to have all the strings and things out for the world to see, but I guess it’s a good way to stay humble.   Since I haven’t posted photos of this centerpiece before, and to show off its best side, here are a few beauty shots.

The pattern for this centerpiece can be found in the 2010 Nordic Needle design contest book.  I stitched it on 30 count Legacy Linen in Baltic Green using DMC perle cotton.  As can be seen in the photos, sometimes this linen looks green, sometimes blue.  Either way, it’s lovely.

I thought it might be interesting to post the criteria on my scorecard to give a general idea of what judges are looking for at county and state fairs.  The Evergreen State Fair scorecard was more detailed than the Puyallup Fair scorecard I received last year, but overall both are similar:

  1. Workmanship (40 points)
    Even stitches/tension
    Consistent direction of slant
    Proper gauge of thread to cloth
    No split threads
    No hoop lines
  2. Degree of Difficulty (20 points)
    Complexity
    Balance of all components
  3. Suitability (20 points)
    Thread/cloth appropriate for intended use
    Appropriate choice of color
    Durability
  4. Presentation (20 points)
    Finishing/no tag ends
    Blocking, mounting, hemming, matting, and/or framing
    Cleanliness
    Attractive to the eye

Hopefully this list will be of use to anybody considering giving their local fair a try.  I’m finding these ribbons quite addictive; right now I’m searching my pattern books for 2013′s potential blue ribbon winner …

Meanwhile, the christening gown I made for my niece is at the Puyallup Fair — look for a report very soon!

2 Responses to “Evergreen State Fair – woo hoo!”

  1. Cathy B Says:

    Heather, your Hardanger is beautiful. Always look forward to seeing your pictures! Congratulations on your state fair awards

  2. Valerie Says:

    Congratulations on your ribbons! Your hardanger is beautiful and I love that light green tinge to the linen. Lovely…