Wool and yarn crafters are being challenged to take part in one of two visitor competitions as part of the Wool @ J13 yarn festival on the 13th & 14th May in Staffordshire. In addition to the fun of creating their entries, those who enter will be in with the chance of winning some great prizes.
The individual competition invites competitors to create an outfit for a very special bear who is presently rather bare. Handcrafted from vintage mohair especially for the Wool @ J13 team by Liz Walker from Wacky Walker Bears, the beautiful bear’s measurements are available on the festival website so that entrants can tailor an outfit method using any method they wish – the only rule being it must be made out of wool. With an entry fee of just £2, three great prizes are up for grabs including the first prize of a Luxury Hamper worth £60.00 featuring specialist food & drink items donated by local retailers; a second prize of a hairdressing voucher worth £37.50 donated by Blossom Hairdressers, Home Farm, Staffordshire; and the third prize of a Wool Warehouse voucher worth £20.00.
The group competition, meanwhile, offers the chance to win a day’s Big Knitting or Big Crochet workshop with Staffordshire wool artist and Wool @ J13 mastermind, Ingrid Wagner. Each group must create a representation of a farm animal of their choice in any textile form in which they would all like to work. It could be needle felting, knitting, crocheting, wet felting, locker hooking – or a mixture of these represent the group’s skills. Again just £2 to enter, both the group and individual competition entries will be judged over the weekend of the festival.
As organiser Ingrid Wagner explains, the aim of both competitions is to have fun whilst getting creative:
“Our aim is to get competitors to unleash their creativity – in the case of the bare bear, it is up to you whether to dress him/her in full evening dress, a coat of many colours, a dress, a djellaba, kaftan or tunic – or simply a cheeky hat & boots. The one proviso is that your outfit must be made completely from wool – no acrylic or synthetics please – and you may use any process known to man or woman, be that knitting, crochet, needle felting or wet felting. Both competitions are just about having fun while showcasing your skill, so with the chance to win a prize at the end of it all, what’s stopping you?”