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Our Fleece to Scarf and Spinning competition information!

Fleece to Scarf Competition


Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the Grandstand Stage


Once again we are happy to have our own Fleece to Scarf competition. Traditionally these competitions are titled “Sheep to Shawl,” with teams comprised of a shearer, weaver, and three spinners with four hours to complete. As autumn is not the normal time for shearing, we have condensed our contest to a shorn fleece of any fiber bearing animal which is spun into yarn and woven into a scarf with one weaver, and two spinners and 2 1/2 hours.  Looms should be pre-warped with undyed yarn, and/or yarn dyed by a member(s) of the team, and/or yarn dyed by an SVFF vendor(s).


The guidelines were set forth as follows:

Teams will be judged on

  • Team Work: costumes, sign, spirit in competition
  • Craftsmanship: Spinners’ fiber preparation and consistency; and ability to keep weaver supplied. Weaver’s consistency, no threading or treadling errors, even beating, and even selvedges, with minimal drawin.
  • Finished Scarf: Aesthetic appeal, drape, hand and appearance, finishing details, quality of fiber and time of finish.


Each team will provide its own warped loom. Sett should not be less than 8 EPI, no less than 8 inches or greater than 12 inches in the reed. Judges will be checking this during the competition. All warp ends must be natural animal fibers and may be commercially spun. They may be hand dyed by a team member, or commercially dyed yarns by an SVFF vendor ispermitted.
You may wash your chosen fleece prior to the competition, however no other processing is allowed prior to the contest. Any lock structure should be basically intact. Hand cards and wool combs are allowed during the competition, no drum cards. The weft yarn may not be more than 3 times the diameter of the warp yarn.
Scarf Design:
Any weave structure and pattern is permitted. Woven length off loom must be at least 68 inches. The judges will measure after removal from the loom. All edges must be finished within the time frame of the competition. Finished fringe will be at least 6 inches, no more than 8 inches. No alterations will be allowed after the competition is completed. Teams will provide washing/finishing instructions for the auction winners.
Each team will be timed from the start of the competition until the scarf is off the loom and the fringe finished. The competition is limited to 2½ hours.


Scarf Auction & Presentation of Awards:

Scarves may be auctioned following the competition.

All opening bids will begin at $45.00.

Each team will receive the total amount of the bid on their scarf.

To enter the Fleece to Scarf Competition, please fill out the following Google Doc form.


2019 SVFF Fleece to Scarf entry form.


Spinning Competition


Sunday 2:00 p.m. (set-up 1:30) on the Grandstand Stage


  • Participants must bring their own spinning wheels or spindles.
  • Participants will use the provided carded or combed fiber.
  • All participants must pre-register to compete, although if space allows, registration may take place the day of the event.
  • There is NO entry fee.


Junior Competition - Participants must be under the age of 18.

Adult Competition - Participants must be 18 years or over.

Depending on the number of participants, competitions may run at the same time, or be split between Junior and Adult. Beginner

and Experienced divisions for each age group may also be established. (A Beginner has less than one year of spinning experience.)


• Junior participants will spin for 15 minutes.

• Adult participants will spin for 20 minutes.

• The resulting yarn is skeined, and measured for length.


In addition, each skein is also entered in the category of the contestant’s choice:

Category 1: most consistent yarn 

Category 2: lumpiest yarn

Category 3: skinniest yarn 

Category 4: fattest yarn


An additional prize will be given to the spinner with the most fiber spun.

Additional categories may be determined by the judges.

To enter the Spinning competition, please fill out the following Google Doc form.


2019 SVFF Spinning Competition entry form.