SPIN 2017: Fleece to Shawl Competition


During SPIN 2017 (click here for event details), you can watch several Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment fiber-related studios engaging in a friendly Fleece to Shawl competition, which will also serve as a fun demonstration of fiber processing skills for the general public to enjoy.

Silent Auction for Completed Shawls

If you fall in love with one or more of the beautiful shawl creations, each one will be available for purchase through a silent auction. Leave a bid and hope to go home with the shawl(s) of your choice. (Cash and credit/debit cards will be accepted.)

The shawls will need to be fulled/finished before they are ready to be worn. Each team is responsible for finishing their shawl after the event. You may visit SPARKLE Studio during our open hours on or after Wednesday, September 20 to pick up your finished shawls. Any shawls not claimed by November 1 will become the property of SPARKLE Studio. If you would prefer to do the finishing yourself, you may choose to take the unfinished shawl with you at the end of the SPIN 2017 event.

People’s Choice Award

Each attendee will receive a ticket that you can use to vote for your favorite shawl. Just drop your ticket in the voting container next to the team working on your favorite. The team that receives the most votes will be declared this year’s winner and receive a special award that can be displayed in their studio until next year’s event.

Rules/Guidelines for Competing Teams

  1. Each team must be sponsored by a Lowe Mill fiber-related studio. Studio owner does not have to be a member of the team.
  2. Competition will start at 10:30 am and end promptly at 3:30 pm.
  3. All shawls must be woven on a triloom with a minimum width of 2.5′. You may choose to use a larger loom, but please be sure all members of your team will be fast enough to allow you to complete the shawl during the event hours. You may use either the continuous or cut-strand method of weaving. If you choose continuous, a fringe MUST be added.
  4. Each team shall consist of 1 carder, 1 or 2 spinners, and a weaver. Once the weaving of the shawl is complete, other team members may assist the weaver in adding fringe. All carding, spinning, and weaving choices are completely up to the team.
  5. Fiber may be washed and/or dyed ahead of time, but may not be carded until the official start time. Roving and combed top may not be used.
  6. SPARKLE Studio can provide a drum carder and a triloom for your team to use. Please let us know by 6 pm on Saturday, September 9, if you would like to use a carder or loom. Be sure to let us know what size loom you prefer to use.
  7. Each team is responsible for the final fulling/finishing of their completed shawl. Finished shawls must be returned to SPARKLE Studio between 11 am and noon on Wednesday, September 20, so the buyers can pick up their shawls.
  8. We will offer a free triloom weaving refresher class on Sunday, September 10, from 2 to 5 pm in the SPARKLE Studio. Please let us know by Saturday, September 9, if you plan to attend.
  9. Each team will receive the Silent Auction proceeds from the sale of their shawl, minus a 15% fee retained by SPARKLE Studio to cover a donation to Flying Monkey, credit card processing fees, equipment usage, and other event expenses.
  10. If you have any questions about participating, please email us at info AT thatsparklestudio DOT com.


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