Sharon Hanslip

Sooke Fall Fair: Needlecraft is always colourful

New categories in Needlecraft section

Greetings from the Needlecraft Section.

This year has gone by so quickly hasn’t it?  And we, at the  Sooke Fall Fair, are looking forward to our usual wonderful display of what Sooke “does.”

We  take great pride in having one of the most colourful Needlecraft exhibits around. Thanks to all of you who participate.

A  little update for you. Because many of us like to make quilt tops, but don’t have time to quilt them, so we ask professional quilters to quilt them for us on their longarm quilting machines.  This is a special skill, and we  are recognizing that with separate  catagories.

We are still having the catagories for Hand Quilting and your own Machine Quilting. So watch    the wording and numbers when you are filling out your entries.  Golden age also have their own little section in the Needlecraft, not to be confused with the Adult Section.  We are on computer now so it makes it  so much clearer.

Have you seen those pretty frilly scarves around?  They are so easy to do up and they don’t take long to knit. I am thinking  ahead to Christmas and just to have on hand for a gift. And if you have a new little one in your family, a little set of booties or a sweater set would be so welcome.  So get those needles out and let your imagination soar.

The nice thing about  handcrafts, is that it is a good “carry around” project. It’s amazing what one can accomplish in a waiting room.

Embroidery is back in a big way.  The colours of the threads are fantastic and the patterns available now are quite lovely. And by adding a crochet edging to a cloth you have a beautiful piece to display in your  home or as gift giving.  I always think of Mrs. Olive Wadams when I talk about embroidery.  She was a mainstay of the Sooke Fall Fair for many years.

A special  catagory has been offered by the B.C.   Association  of Agricultural Fairs & Exibitions. for 2011.

It will be for a QUILT BLOCK, open to all Ages,  minimum size is  12” by 12” to a maximum of 24” by 24”.

It must be hand- quilted, not framed and no embellshiments, i.e. buttons, bows, appliques, etc.

The theme is “agricultural” (roosters, cows, barns, fruits,  cows, vegetables, tractors, etc.)

You’ll have fun with this one.

First prize will go to B.C. Fairs Convention in October, and there will be an award of  a $50 to the exhibitor of the winning entry, together with a beautiful plaque.

The catalogue is now out and available at various locations in Sooke.

See you there!