Each year members are encouraged and challenged to create projects for the Virginia Olson Competition held in May. This year’s committee members Pat Higby, Connie Malven, and Linda Miller, chose the theme “Our Favorite Things.” The committee offered a wide variety of categories and were pleased with the number of entries and members participating. Guild members chose their favorites through popular vote.
The categories along with the recipients of the awards are as follows:
Items Woven with Fabric
These rugs were submitted to this category, and Pat Higby’s favorite rug received the most votes.
The voters chose Diane Davison’s table runner as their favorite entry in the woven category. Diane was also awarded the Audrey Stephens Award for Excellence in Weaving by the Virginia Olson Committee for her work.
Maribeth Woolsey was awarded the prize for her handwoven basket. (Editor’s note: Three lovely baskets were entered in this category. My apologies for somehow failing to get a photo of them. 😬)
New this year to the handspun category is a miniature spinning wheel which will become a traveling trophy. Lynette Risse will be the proud caretaker of it this year. Her multicolored yarn was the voters’ favorite.
The entries for this category came in many different forms: yarn, felt, and fabric. The most votes went to Becky Metcalf’s colorful scarf.
Felting also can take a variety of forms. Lisa Nelson used techniques she learned in a felting workshop to give sections of her wrap different textures and appearance. It needs to be seen in person to be fully appreciated.
UFOs (Unfinished Objects)
To be eligible for this category, the items must have been started before and completed during the current Guild year of 2017-2018. Elaine Lawler was inspired to finally find a way to use the warp on her four harness loom. The result was this top vote-getting wrap.
Long and Skinny
Elaine Lawler’s hounds tooth checked scarf was voted the favorite in this category.
Thanks to this year’s Virginia Olson Committee for making the competition so enjoyable. Thanks also to the many members who brought entries and inspired us with their fiber creations.