This post is far overdo, today was the day we picked items up from the fair so it's all over. That is due to another major event this week besides the fair! We had central air (and the new ductwork that it required) installed in our house! No more window AC units! Now our wonderful 50's house has ALL of its original windows back in place and I am loving it! But on to the fair!
I've been enjoying stories about other people's experiences at the fair. Like these wonderful recipes and sketches from Lillian. nd I can't wait to see what Sarah's first State Fair entry experience is like.
We'll start off with the best! My doily, seen here on my lap.First place!The judges really liked my degree of difficulty, they called my pattern and gauge of thread "painful."
This chicken-scratch apron, which you may recognize from the Make-Do Mail, won second place.
This embroidered pillowcase (Mike chose the pattern for it) also got second. You can see in the next picture that the first place embroidered pillowcase also won the Champion ribbon and it was gorgeous so I don't feel bad being runner up to that. It's too bad you can't see it at ALL for all the ribbons!
Also first place is last year's cross stitch Christmas ornament.I make a new one each year (see them here). I almost made some mini knit stockings too! Someone else's won second place, as you can see.
The rest of my projects placed mainly 3rd or 4th. My knit capelet (which I was not super happy with) was 3rd, as well as my fabric headband (no picture but it's from this pattern).
My pink and brown dress (which I found hanging backwards so I won't think anyone really understood how it fit!), vintage fabric apron, and mittens from recycled wool sweaters were all 4th.
Some things didn't make it to the fair this year:
I wanted to use my new Looper Loom (Potholder loom/lap loom/etc.) to make a stuffed animal from a vintage pattern I've had for a while. I picked up two of these looms at a garage sale and then at a completely unrelated garage sale I got a big bag of loops! I had an old pattern for making stuffed toys from the squares that they create so I gave it a go. I didn't have instructions for the potholders so I searched the net and found some fun links! Sadly, I didn't get this done in time so next year, I will take one!
Fun patterns for potholders from Weavezine
Make your own loops
Nifty houndstooth skirt made from potholders
And for those serious about their woven-square creations, Eloomanation has tons of vintage patterns and info.
Failed potholder-I had started a paper-pieced Christmas potholder a while ago and decided to finish it. Well, it didn't go so well, the binding was a fiasco and looked terrible so it didn't make the cut.
Zucchini-I ate then all before I even thought to take them to the fair! Ack! Oh well, they tasted good!