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).
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.
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
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.Share on Facebook