Whimsical Ewe has been fortunate to receive awards and recognition within the fiber festival community. With humble elation we accept these generous kudos from the very individuals and groups whom we so admire.
BLACK SHEEP GATHERING 2018 Fiber Arts Division. The “Silk Dragon” received The Peoples Choice Award, wherein viewers vote their favorite by placing a heart sticker alongside the item on display. BSG Instagram page has a videoclip of the dragon on it’s turntable, rotating to show dragon anatomy in 180* view.
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OREGON FLOCK & FIBER FESTIVAL 2017 Fiber Arts Contest. The “Silk Dragon” garnered 3 ribbons: First Place / Champion / Grand Champion. The judges gave enthusiastic comments, and I see they welcomed the samples I provided to show the 2 types of silk cocoon used in the sculpture, as well as a photo of the work in progress. This dragon is made of wool firmly needled to shape over a wire armature. Silk cocoons were cut, dyed and individually applied on top. Wings are wet felted of wool and silk.
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OREGON FLOCK & FIBER FESTIVAL 2013 Fiber Arts Contest: Omigolly – how exciting! Four ribbons! 1st place, Champion, Grand Champion, and Judge’s Choice. But there is another, even greater reward that comes without a ribbon. It’s all the wonderful compliments and laughter from happy viewers. So many of whom sought out our booth downstairs so they could chat with us about this Fiber Arts entry: the story how a chilly little rabbit got his warm new clothes. Bitty Bunny’s New Sweater
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Black Sheep Gathering, 2013 Fine Arts Contest: People’s Choice Award, given for Best Overall Entry. Also, a 1st place ribbon (I entered the sheep as combined technique, wet-felting + needle felting). Here my Gotland Ewe & Lamb sculpture is being held by Mary, who won the Black Sheep Cup for her beautifully knit sweater, and ended up purchasing the Gotland sculpture. How satisfying to know my sheep have gone to live with this talented lady!
Oregon Flock & FIber Festival, 2012: 1st place ribbon. Champion ribbon. Grand Champion ribbon. Diamond Award marble plaque. (holy schmoley)
We submitted to the Fiber Arts contest a large sculpture of a Teeswater sheep. It was made with a hard, wet-felted core. Slender strong wire for leg support only. Musculature built up with roving needled on. An addition of a ‘skin’ layer, same color as curls. Then the fleece curls layered on meticulously to secure them in place.
I’ve included a photo of Gail, of Lawrence Cottage, because there is a nice story. She & Staci (who was out minding their booth) are breeders of Teeswater (& Gotland) sheep. I had the delight of visiting them on sheering day, and purchasing the 1st fleece for sale. This exact same fleece was used to create Sir Locksley! And in a very fitting turn of events, this Grand Champion sculpture went home to live at Lawrence Cottage farm. How very perfect is that?
OFFF 2012: 2nd place ribbon. In addition to the sheep’s awards, our other entry of a Silkworm Cocoon water bottle bag received a ribbon. These water bottle bags are made to resemble a silk cocoon woven among the leaves & vines. I also make a tinier, slender version to hang on spinning wheels.
Fiber Fusion NW, 2012: 1st place ribbon. Best in Show ribbon.
Another Teeswater sheep sculpture. Written about in a previous post. This sheep is still available, and will be in our booth at Black Sheep Gathering 2013.