Ties to Tasmania: Part 2

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Last fall, the 2011 Scarf Exchange Challenge "Heads & Shoulders, Knees & Toes" was issued by the Handweavers, Spinners, and Dyers Guild of Tasmania. The theme was taken from the children's song of the same name, inviting participants from all over the world to be as colorful and creative as kids. The Handweavers', Spinners', and Dyers' Guild of Western Australia Inc., passed on the challenge to its own members through its newsletter, The Yarn Spinner. The Medina Spinning and Weaving Guild (Ohio) planned on entering and mentioned the event with a call for participants in two of its newsletters.

The amount of fiber required for each entry was 150 grams (5.25 ounces), and the categories of garments were heads (beanies and hats), shoulders (scarves), knees (leg warmers), and toes (socks). Registration began October 1, 2010, and ended March 25, 2011. The swap began March 26 when the coordination team processed entries and sent fibers to a partner for crafting. Only clean fibers could be entered because Australia and New Zealand have strict quarantine laws requiring any fleeces found to contain seeds or vegetable matter to be destroyed. The entrant's partner began work spinning, weaving, knitting, felting, and/or crocheting the fiber into a masterpiece of wearable art to be sent back to the guild no later than July 15. All finished pieces were exhibited in a gallery in Launceston. Entries were cataloged and photographed to record the results. The exciting finale occurred when items were shipped back to the entrant in late August 2011. Entries for the 2010 Scarf Exchange Challenge can be viewed at http://home.vicnet.net.au/~glngspin. For questions about this year's process, contact coordinator Sara Crowe at scarf.exchange.2011@gmail.com.

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