Crossthreads Fiber Works Guild
In conjunction with the fiftieth anniversary of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Festival in South Dakota, a Fleece to Shawl contest was held this July. The Crossthreads Fiber Works Guild competed against a guild forming in the North Country Watertown area. The use of locally grown natural fiber was encouraged and examples of the raw fiber were on display with the team. Prior to the event, the fleece could be washed and dyed but unprocessed further—in other words, not teased, carded, or picked. Fulling instructions for the shawls were included when they were picked up for judging. Teamwork, design, quality and uniformity of spun yarns formed part of the award criteria.