November 2015 Program

It’s a Small World is the theme of this year’s Virginia Olson Competition. For the November program members were asked to share items that would have qualified for the contest but had been purchased, received as a gift, or made before June 1, 2015. It’s not too soon to be planning our Virginia Olson entries, and it was hoped the program would clarify the contest categories and provide inspiration for projects.

Here are the categories and some of the items shared by members on Saturday:

Handspun Yarn: The skeins should be made using fibers from around and world and any spinning technique. The yarn should be labeled with the content and source of the fiber.

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Weaving: The entries should be created using a technique from around the world and labeled with the technique and country or area of origin.

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Any Fiber Process: The projects should be inspired by the artists’ world experiences using any fiber process and labeled with the country ,  region, or ethnicity which was the source of the inspiration.

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Dyeing: Entries should be hand-dyed using a dyeing technique from around the world and labeled with the technique and country or area of its origin.

This  photo is from a recent ikat dyeing class offered by the guild. In ikat a resist is formed by tightly wrapping the yarns before dyeing. Ikat is a traditional technique found from Asia and Africa to Latin America.

This photo is from a recent ikat dyeing class offered by the guild. In ikat a resist is formed by tightly wrapping the yarns before dyeing. Ikat is a traditional technique found from Asia and Africa to Latin America.

If this program is any indication, May’s Virginia Olson competition will provide us with a wide variety of entries and some very difficult choices to make when voting.

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