Friday, April 16, 2010

County Fair Entry and Ribbon!

Hi Stitching Friends!

Well, the piece I had been showing you progress on did not get finished in time for the county fair. I was sick for 2 weeks and then babysat for a week and so 3 weeks took a big chunk out of my stitching time. The state fair is in October, so I will be working on that piece for then.

So remember the wedding piece that I made for my sister and brother in law called Together? Well my mom convinced me to enter that piece.

Here is a picture of it all framed when I submitted it to the fair to be judged.


Then last night was opening night of the fair and I went to check on my piece and see what the judges thought of it! So here's a picture of what I found!!!


It's kind of hard to see that ribbon hanging down below my piece, so here's a close-up!


I was so happy to discover that I had received a 2nd place ribbon! I didn't expect to do that well. Although I think I do stitch pretty well. For whatever reason, the judges are always pretty hard on some pieces. I know there were no mistakes in my stitching. But it is a pretty simple pattern, and even though I added the lettering and blending filament, to the judges the degree of difficulty was not that hard. I stitched the piece on 28count evenweave. And I suppose they feel that is not a difficult fabric to stitch on either. Those are some of the criteria that they judge each piece on. The piece that won best of class, from what I could tell, was on 14 or 18 count aida and was the pattern of the three labradors ... one black, one golden and one chocolate. I've seen that pattern all over the place. In fact, I think I might even have that pattern. So I'm sure some of you reading my blog know exactly which pattern I'm talking about.

But anyway, I am very happy with my 2nd place ribbon and I am sure that my sister and brother in law will be really happy knowing that their gift is an award winning one. :~)

So I'm still working on my 2010 stitching goals, and part of those goals is to finish the RR pieces, one of which being Henry and then finish I believe one or two of my WIPs. The other RR pieces are completely finished, just have Henry to finish. I am about halfway finished with the cross stitches and then there is a BUNCH of back stitching to do with Henry. So I'll go back to Henry and then finish Elemental Cosmos in time for the state fair. I will be posting updated photos of each within the next day or two so you can see where I'm at on each.

Thank you all for reading my blog. I know I don't have a lot of readers, so I am thankful for those that I do have. Hopefully over time I will get some more readers though! :~)

Thanks again and Happy Stitching!!!

Until Next Time,
♥ Margie ♥


GoldenAngelsWorks said...

Congratulations on your Ribbon.
I hope to some day be able to enter one of my pieces into the fair's for competition.

Mel said...

Congrats! that is very exciting.

Maureen said...

congratulations on your placing in the fair - always nice to have your hard work appreciated.

Craft Wench said...

Congratulations! I've always wanted to enter something in our county fair, but I haven't had a chance to find something that would work for it.

Thanks for responding about the designer of Elemental Cosmos. Now, I must track it down.

Mary L said...

Hi Margie,

Congratulations on winning second place. I know what pattern you're talking about that won first place. Really 14 or 18 count won first? Oh well. I work on those for smaller pieces like ornaments, but rarely on bigger pieces unless the designs would be good on them.

I'm too chicken to enter anything in a contest, but maybe I will next year.