Thursday, 6 June 2013

The SWRI Show

Yesterday saw the annual Tiree & Mull Federation show.  Mull have five groups and we have one, each year one group hosts and this year was our turn.  The run up to the show was frantic, stressed and optimistic.

I spent an hour or so the evening before baking banana loaf ready for the sales table and the evening teas.  I've nearly got the method down ready for the Agricultural show next month.
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It was an early start, 8:30am for hall opening.  Ladies could be found placing their entries (over 200 in total) in categories or sorting their group displays.
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The knitting classes did well.  There were even more socks than this come judging time.
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Baby blankets
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Fingerless mitts (there was some confusion over this.  They had to include short fingers so the completely fingerless ones were marked down)

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Sewn spectacle cases
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Sewn sunhats
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Pictures made with shells.
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Flowers in teapots and pew ends.
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Crocheted corsages
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On to the group displays!  The theme was "Christmas".

This group have just 10 members yet still managed their 6 entries.  The jumper was completely improvised by a lady I got to chat to that evening.  I now know how to fit trees on a collar!
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Group 2 went with a purple and silver theme.
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A close up of their bobbin lace:
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This group also had a session for something I can't remember the name of where you pin sequins to shapes to make, in this case, christmas puds!

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Group 3 went more traditional
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I rather liked their (presumably) quilted cones:

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Group 4's entry.  The tree was fascinating to watch being assembled; it's a set of rings hung from a central pole, very clever!  The decorations were all hand made by the group themselves.
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Group 5 went with "Santa got stuck down the chimney!"
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I loved their knitted dog with its sock ears and mitten patch.

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The knitted carrots and mince pie was a nice touch, and look at the lovely embroidery!  I can safely vouch for that metallic thread being a PAIN to sew with.

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Finally, our entry.
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Chris Moose, lots of little sewn and embroidered birds, a bead picture, quilted hanging, crocheted snowflakes, hardanger coasters and a shortbread 'tree'(not judged)

I think there were about 14 awards total, maybe less, and Tiree came away with seven!  Well done ladies!
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The show overall went wonderfully, in my humble opinion.  People smiled and chatted; work was admired and techniques were shared.

Well done to all involved and I hope the Mull ladies enjoyed their visit.

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