Puyallup Fair 2010

The last (and first) time I entered anything into the Puyallup Fair was in 2005. Finally, five years later, I get another piece in. I thought I had learned from my previous mistakes the judges called out, which was mostly using long strands of floss, that resulted in frayed stitches.  However, going up against the competition I was going up against, I didn’t quite make the cut for placing (and looking back, I should have hunted around more for the pieces that won in my portion of the division).

White Lightning at the Fair

White Lightning at the Fair

Anyhow, I entered the tiger I cross-stitched for my husband and received an Honorable Mention. Again, given the competition, I’m pretty proud of that. The other items that won in the division were gorgeous.

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Also, my mom entered two items into the fair: a quilt (that previously won first place at another contest), and a purse she knitted from a kit.  Although the quilt did not receive any awards at the Puyallup Fair, her purse scored the Grand Champion of the knitting division and won her $100 gift certificate!  I’m very proud of her :)

Mom's knitted purse

Mom’s knitted purse

Mom's quilt

Mom’s quilt

I’ve been trying to figure out what I could have done differently, given that I don’t have the judges comment yet. I believe if I had ran a lint roller across the piece before having it framed, that would probably remove stray fur/hairs from it (although, I’m fairly certain I picked them out before hand). The other thing that might have gone wrong is there might have been a couple French knots in the piece that were executed poorly, thus, getting it marked down. But we’ll see what the judges say when the piece gets picked up at the end of the month.

Aside from that, I have nearly another character finished on the birth announcement I’m trying furiously to finish for our newly born nephew. It will get done, hopefully, before I see my in-laws in November.

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White Lightning: Completed

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It only took me four years a couple months to complete due to other projects taking priority, but he’s done!  Just need to wash, iron, and frame, and he’ll be all done.

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White Lightning

White Lightning

White Lightning

I’ve been working on this tiger on-and-off for a few years.  It was meant as a gift for Richard, but I kept getting side tracked with all the other cross-stitch projects for friends and family, commemorating their weddings and babies. 

I’ve been blowing through this thing for the last two weeks, trying to get it done.  No pictures at this time, but it’s nearly done, so I’ll post pictures then. 

What’s left is the bottom right corner, the backstitching, and all those crazy white french knots.  Shouldn’t be much longer!

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