Tips to make the best of your FFYF contest showing
So here we are all getting ready for showing, fluffing bunnies and trimming nails,but what about your fiber, fine yarn, and fashion entries? Are you not sure how to prepare your entries? Well, let me help you with that, I have some suggestions that will help make it all a bit easier.
When it comes to wool entries we want to show off our best fleeces in the most organized way. I would suggest blowing your rabbit before clipping or plucking to ensure that the fleece is as clean as it can be. A simple plastic shoe box with a lid will look great and keep your fleece nice and tidy until judging. Many people line their boxes with tissue paper to keep the locks in order. But the main thing is you are wanting to show off the length, type and evenness of your rabbits coat, so take care and time when shearing to shear evenly and prevent second cuts. You do not have to enter the entire fleece, prime fiber generally located over the saddle (back) of the bunny tends to be the best fleece. Look for even crimp, balance between guard and undercoat, and of course specific coat qualities depending on the breed.
Handspun yarn is such a lovely art, and our judges have many hours and skeins under their belts, but don’t let that intimidate you. I know we have many talented spinners in our ranks. When prepping our finished yarn for show we want to first make sure we are entering it in the right division. Nothing is more disheartening than having to disqualify stunning yarn because the forms where filled out wrong. Just keep in mind that high quality angora creates the nicest yarn and a balanced yarn shows off our lovely angora better than over or under spun yarn. Follow skein information making sure your yarn is tied correctly, and don't forget to wash it to help set the twist and bloom before show time.
Handmade garments are like a piece of our hearts, it can be very scary to lay our heart out on the table to allow others to examine. I would like to assure you that our judges would never ridicule your hard work. As with our yarn we know the best of materials create the best of finished products. After you have finished your project there are a few things you can do to make it even better. Make sure you take the time to thoroughly hide your tails and block your item to show off its true intended shape. Blocking can make or break a project.
Lets also keep our judges noses in mind, many people are sensitive to perfumes and even allergic to some essential oils. So lets keep our entries scent free from both artificial and 'barnyard' scents.