A place to come to see what's new at Heritage Spinning & Weaving – Lake Orion, MI

This year we had nearly 90 entries – an increase over last year and our efforts raised nearly $1400 for breast cancer research at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. Kudos and thanks to all who participated. It was inspiring and fun.

For me, the art show is always a walk down memory lane. Many of the projects I remember when they were just a sack of yarn. I saw the projects come in and out at various stages on the needles – for knitting help, during social knitting or just to show your progress. Even though you knit it, I feel a sense of pride, too!

Our Grand Prize winner is Sybil Williams for her paired handspun skeins. The colors are incredible and her skill and design sense are evident. The judges awarded her a perfect score for her work. We gifted her with our traditional prize of a handspun, hand dyed, hand woven shawl made by Heritage volunteers. Here the shawl is modeled by Jacque because Sybil could not make the award ceremony. The skeins are also pictured (but, I must admit, the photo is a bit fuzzy but it is all I have). Previous Grand Prize winners are Joy Stimac, Lisa Demian, and Sally Pituch.











The other winners were:
First Project: Neenah Iyer and Nancy Throne
Handspun Woven: Martha Yan.
Hats & Handbags: Kyle Hughes and Jill Bastian
Scarves & Shawls: Lisa Demian
Socks and Mittens: Lyn Sippola and Sally Pituch
Sweaters: Sherry Nowakowski and Linda Lapinski
Most Artful: Jacque Hodges and Dorothy Dusenbury
Prettiest Skein: Sybil Williams
Staff: Anneliese Pruett
Felted: Joyce Gasiok
Woven Wearable: Barbara Konopka
Note: if two names are listed, the first won people’s choice and the second scored highest with the judges. If only one name is listed, they scored highest in both categories.

A special thank you goes to Sue Walton, BBAC instructor; Molly Fletcher, CCS instructor; and Pat Kreiling, Master Knitter. They spent a lot of thoughtful time judging.

If you didn’t get in to see the show, you’ll appreciate these photos of the show – not every piece is pictured, but most are. The first photo is Lisa modeling her Wrap Me Up shawl in our hand painted yarn. As usual, she departed from the pattern a tiny bit, but the spirit is still there. The pattern is from Knitting at Knoon and is really fun to knit because it is knit modularly with each module being a different pattern stitch. Click on the images for a larger view of the photos.


Finally, thank you to these vendors for their very generous prizes:
Arnhild’s Knitting Studio
Brown Sheep
Bryson Distributing
Chiao Goo
Henry’s Attic
Himalaya Yarn
Knit One, Crochet Two
Mountain Colors
Nancy’s Knit Knacks
River’s Edge Jewelry
Russi Sales
Schacht Spindle Co.
Schaefer Yarn
Some Knit Required
Swedish Yarns

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