Sunday, August 05, 2012

Home from the Fair...

Hello to my blogging friends and stitching buddies!
I just got home from the fair and I'd like to share my handiwork and the ribbon awards I won. I always love a good fair. In Indiana, you can always count on sweating like a pig in the sweltering heat and humidity, but you forget all of that when you hit the grounds and inhale the smell of cotton candy, manure, sweat and stand in line awaiting the sweet allure of a lemon shake-up...plus the anticipation of seeing the results of my stitching. I never tire of the pleasure of the fair, and I await it every year with bated breath thinking this is the year...let's see if it was:

In the NEEDLE ARTS DIVISION I entered:

Adam and Eve
 Framed Cross Stitch Class: 17-48 sq. inches

LHN_Adam and Eve

First Place Ribbon
Judges Comments: Nice stitching. Tension fairly even. One stitch going the wrong direction.


Little House Needleworks and Crescent Colours Collaboration
From See to Shining Sea
Framed Cross Stitch Class: 81-864 sq. inches

LHN_From Sea to Shining Sea

First Place Ribbon
Judges Comments: Make sure the ends get tucked in so you don't see them through the fabric. Nice Job! Watch tension.


Sticher's Prayer
Framed Cross Stitch Class: 49-80 sq. inches

LHN_Stitcher's Prayer

Honor Ribbon
Judges Comments: Some of the end threads need to be tucked in.


When Witches Go Riding
Creative Items Class: Holiday Special item other than Christmas

PS_When Witches Go Riding

Honor Ribbon and Champion Ribbon
Judges Comments: Very nice presentation! Tension a little tight.


Fall Wool Applique Hearth Rug
Creative Items Class: Hand Appliqued Needlework

Fall Pumpkin Wool Applique

First Place Ribbon
Judges Comments: Right side pennies not spaced evenly.


2011 Limited Edition Santa
Christmas Needlework Class: Christmas Picture

PS_Limited Edition Santa 2011

First Place Ribbon
Judges Comments: Nice Stitching. Try to keep mounting straight. Blue for stitching, Red for mounting.


Poinsetta House
(ornament set that I came up with using design elements)
Christmas Needlework Class: Set of Tree Ornaments

LHN_Poinsetta House ornies

Champion Ribbon
Judges Comments: Tension tight on the name ornaments. Beautiful.



In the  HOLIDAY AT THE FAIR DIVISION I entered: 


Little by Little
Bird Sleigh
Ornaments Class: Single Ornament

Single Ornament_Bird Sleigh

First Place Ribbon and Honor Ribbon
Judges Comments: Well made, lovely design.


Bent Creek and Heart in Hand
Ornaments Class: Related Theme (I chose Home as my theme)

Related Theme Ornaments_Home

First Place Ribbon and Honor Ribbon
Judges Comment: Lovely, well made, good use of materials.


2011 Yearly Santa and Nutcracker Freebie Santas
Ornaments Class: Santa Ornaments

PS_Santas

First Place Ribbon
Judges Comments: Very good stitching and overall craftsmanship; lovely.


Blessed
Ornaments Class: Angels

LHN_Angel Ornaments

First Place Ribbon, Honor Ribbon and Reserve Grand Champion Ribbon
Judges Comments: Good detailing; lovely.

So...
there you have it. 2 Champion Ribbons, 1 Reserve Champion Ribbon, 5 Honor Ribbons and 8 First Place Ribbons.


Other than not being able to do the correct type of TENSION when I stitch (I've been dinged on this both last year and this year); then not getting things MOUNTED straight (when I just took a ruler and went all over it and it is darn near perfect on all sides centered - but I think it is the gingham material that draws the eye and makes it look wonky and it is messed up/off line gingham wise on the bottom left corner. NOTE TO SELF: never use gingham material to mount on again!). Other than those things...I guess I stitch ok. Maybe? I received lovely ribbons, and high ranking ones too...its just hard to read what comments on something that you pour your very heart into and take it with a smiling heart.  Sometimes I think...maybe I should just sell my cross stitch off and forget it.

Nah....
who am I kidding? Instead I'm gonna get serious and methodical in my approach. You think I'm kidding? Oh no you don't! I'm gonna nail this tension deal down and I'm going to stitch my pants off!



And just like Scarlett O'Hara said:
"If I have to lie, cheat, steal or kill...as God as my witness, I will win that Grand Champion Ribbon!"
Someday...maybe next year...

:o)


104 comments:

  1. What a fantastic result. Congratulations to all your well deserved ribbons.
    Love all of your finishes :)

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  2. Well I think you did amazingly well! I think it's always hard to read judges' comments. But all your pieces are beautiful and you deserve all those ribbons! Congratulations! Don't take the judges' comments too hard. They're just nitpicking. :D

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  3. Congrats on all of your ribbons! I have never received comments on any entries in the few fairs I have gone to. I wouldn't get too riled up about them ;). Your stitching and finishing is wonderful!

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  4. Well done, I wouldn't compete against you :@ I have one serious question...

    What did the judge mean by one stitch going the wrong way? I understand that we stitch bottom left to top right on the bottom (slant left), and bottom right to top left on top (slant right) But sometimes even thou I have my / \ going the right way I sometimes start at the top and come down to the bottom.

    Was that too confusing?

    Yes never use gingham again, and you go girl and get your Scarlett O'Hara on :@ Stay away from the drapes.

    LiBBiE in Oz

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    1. I think the judge meant that in a row the top stitches looked like this ////\///// meaning that one stitch in the row was facing the wrong way, possibly the top stitch had been missed. I do that sometimes if I'm in a hurry to finish something, or if I'm tired when I'm stitching.

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  5. Yay for the fair ribbons, Vonna! Good for you!! If your hands are to work and your heart is toward God, then I wouldn't worry too much about the Grand Champion ribbon... well, at least not to the point of lying, cheating or stealing! ; ) LOL!! ( Yes, I know you were kidding!) Seriously, if working on your stitching tension is enjoyable, then go for it! But don't let it ruin it for you!! You are an inspiration to us all... just as you are!!!

    Blessings!

    Tricia

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  6. Well, you did great and deserve a ribbon just for putting yourself and your work out there to be judged like that. I've never entered one thing and have no desire to, but do admire people like you that can and do :-)) Wornderful work!

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  7. Congrats so much for winning so many ribbons. I say still use Gingham but maybe not submit those ones because no matter what you stitch is sooooo awesome! I love seeing your work and framing. Hugs!

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  8. Congratulations! Like Andrea, I have no desire to enter my stitching (quilting or knitting) into something like this but I can't help but admire those that do. It must be so hard to not take the judging personal. Your ribbons are well deserved! Curious...did you get a photo of the Grand Champion?

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  9. Applause Applause. Wow you did amazing. I about choked when I read what the judges said. Tension? Blue for stitching Red for mounting...WHAT?? Isn't that up to you the artist to decide your finish. Art is always judged so harshly. :)

    Keep doing what your doing because those RIBBONS are yours now!! lol

    hugs
    -missy-

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  10. Congratulations! Vonna
    Very well deserved ribbons, they are all beautiful
    You should be very proud of your handiwork
    Ranae

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  11. Vonna, here's what I have to say about tension. I think our tension reflects our mood and what we are thinking about. When I am relaxed and carefree my tension is too loose, when I am stressed I tend to stitch too tight. I have always had a problem keeping even tension. Someone once recommended to pull your thread taught straight through the fabric. One long motion. Not sure if that translates but I tried it and can't see too much of a difference. Don't dwell on it too much, your stitching had and will always be gorgeous!

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  12. Amazing!!!! Vonna, what a wonderful display of projects and ribbons. I am so glad you enter them, we don't want it to become a dying art.
    Tenson really is reflextive of mood so it is very hard to keep it all the same on any project. I don't think I would let it concern me too much, heavens look at all you won!
    I love your work and admire how much you are able to accomplish with having a busy family and all. You have inspired me many a time, that is for sure.
    Judy in Kansas

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  13. Wow! That's great. Congratulations. All your work is wonderful.

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  14. HA!! I think they're marvelous! Tension be hanged...with a thread! Do your best and be proud of yourself!! NO ONE who sees those in the years to come will be looking at the stupid tension. And by the way, what is the thread not being tucked in??? DO THEY LOOK AT THE BACK???
    E gads!!!
    Great job!
    Doni

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  15. Congrats!!!! All are very well done!!!! I LOVE seeing xstitch being entered in fairs. I have wanted to for years and finally did it this year...and did pretty decent. I plan to start right away for next year's!

    I got a first place ribbon for Jardin Prive's "Douceur de vivre"...and the Best in Show Rosette for my version of La-D-Da's "A Right Spirit"...I edited it to include the verse "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends" and a dedication to Margaret Anderson whom I had the honor to work with. (She was the Law Enforcement Park Ranger that was killed in the line of duty at Mt. Rainier National Park on 01/01/2012.)

    I am fairly new to my county and wonder why they don't do the "Champions" like I have seen at other counties. I wish we lived in the same county...you would be a great challenge for me to push myself in my stitching :)

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  16. Wow! Congratulations, what an amazing achievement. I love your work - and don't take the judges comments to heart, you do a fantastic job.

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  17. Vonna! You do an excellent job of finishing and stitching! Congrats on your ribbons...it is fun to be judged and see the results...you deserve it. I hope you certainly don't take the comments serious as you know these are not professional judges! We all strive to do our best and I konw you are well qualified. Great to see you post...been thinking about you. pj in iowa

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  18. Vonne your work is beautiful. Congradulations on all the awards! I cant get my gut to let me enter any of my stitching, maybe to afraid to here what the judges might say. You keep stitchin girl your gonna win that grand champion ribbon.

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  19. Brilliant haul Vonna!!! Some fantastic stitching there, as others have said don't take it to heart, it's their job to nitpick. As long as your appy with the way it looks that's all that matters x

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  20. Congratulations! Your work looks perfect and the finishing is meticulous. I certainly wouldn't pass muster with my twisted floss and uneven tension. That's why I love primitive!! They even saw a stitch going the wrong way???? Yikes. A&E's frame is SO fabulous.

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  21. Awesome, when you get the tension right let know what the trick is. Practice, practice.

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  22. Awesome awards and justly deserved! I'd be afraid to enter ANYTHING knowing how critical judges can be. I guess they're only trying to help but geesh! Your things look darn near perfect!!

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  23. CONGRATS!!!! Job well done ; ) What a wonderful group of awards ; )

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  24. Congratulations, Vonna, on all of your awards! I'm really inspired for my fair next year. You should be very proud of your beautiful handiwork and finishing.

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  25. Watch Tension? One stitch the 'wrong' way? Oh no...I wouldn't even place!

    Good job and keep to your goals. If anyone can get that grand champion ribbon, YOU can.

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  26. Your stitching is beautiful and all your blue, purple (and pink!) ribbons reflect the quality of your work! And you had so many entries! You go, girl! I and some of my partners in crime entered the Lake County Fair this year, and we were struck by how few cross stitch/hand embroidery entries there were compared to previous years. Is it the same way in Monroe County?

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  27. Congratulations on your well deserved ribbons.

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  28. I think they look wonderful! The finishing is fabulous. You should be very proud.

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  29. I think your stitching is perfection as it is! I personally can't imagine that there was anything wrong with your tension. Congrats on all your wins!

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  30. Vonna - I think the whole tension thing is a matter of personal taste - how tight you stitch depends on how you like your stitches to march along. On the other hand you should be grateful that you have so many categories and really competent judges. I won't even enter in my local county fair as aida is judged the same as 40 count linen for example. Congrats on your many, many ribbons!

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    1. Me, too, Beth...I think my county fair has a "needlework picture" category and something along the lines of "embroidered housewares." Blech! I'm jealous, Vonna, both of your stitching ability and your obviously awesome county fair!

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  31. Congratulations! You won so many ribbons. You can be proud of yourself. And your stitching and finishing is beautiful as always.

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  32. well all I can say is well done ... gorgeous work and I can see with the gingham it does draw the eye but I know you, it would have been perfect all the way round space wise ....
    do you use a frame for stitching or in hand ???? just wondering which might be better for you ?
    you will get that grand champion I have every faith in you
    :)
    take care and happy stitching :) love mouse xxxxx

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  33. Beautiful work - you deserve all those ribbons - show them with pride :)

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  34. Congrats on all the ribbons. Your stitching is beautiful !! I was surprised by the judges comments, seems harsh to me. I wonder if any of them are stitchers, ha !! Keep on stitchin........that is what we do and it beings us joy.

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  35. Hello Vonna,

    Congratulations and wow what a lovely finishes indeed ...
    Have a nice day & with Dutch greetings, Carolien

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  36. CONGRATULATIONS!!! What an amount of prizes! I think the most important thing is that you are proud of your work which is undoubtedly executed excellent! So do not listen too much to the jugde comments like "too much tension" and the others... 8 First Place Ribbons! Wow!!! :o))

    Cathi

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  37. How wonderful for you. Your work looks fabulous. Also looks like you didn't many ribbons for others!

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  38. Congratulations to a real super-stitcher! Those judges have to say something negative to justify their position, but I'd say that all those ribbons make it clear they really liked and valued your work. Enjoy all of your finishes.. they are fantastic!

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  39. Job well done Vonna! I think your stitching is amazing! I'm thinking I'll never enter a piece in a fair too much pressure. I stitch for pleasure and to keep my blood pressure down so no judges for me lol. Good luck with your goal of Grand Champion!

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  40. Woohoo!! Congratulations! I laughed at the tension comments because I KNOW I would be dinged on that on every piece. I always have to watch that I'm not yanking too tight. I think everything you entered was just wonderful and I'm glad that you were confident enough to enter them. You go girl!

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  41. Well-deserved awards, Vonna! You always show 1st class finishes to my eye! :D Good Luck next year! Cathryn

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  42. Congratulations Vonna. They all look superb to me. You very well know the judge(s) comments are subjective too. "You go girl."
    Jackie

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  43. WOW !Great job ! You really cleaned up at the fair ! I don't think there is anything wrong with your stitching..looks perfect to me !! Go Scarlett O'Hara ! ( My favorite movie , my oldest sons name is Rhett !) :)

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  44. Congrats on your ribbons! Sorry about your one stitch going the wrong way :/

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  45. Wow - those judges are tough! I'd love to see their work! :)

    Congratulations on all your ribbons - you deserve them. I hope that next year, you get a Grand Champion ribbon!

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  46. Congratulations on all your wins! Seems like the judges are looking for perfection. Your work looks about as perfect as it gets to me!

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  47. A big hooray goes out to you Vonna!

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  48. Sometimes I think they have to come up with SOMETHING, even when it's a first place prize or they feel like they're not doing their job?

    I would love to enter something into our local county fair, but I didn't even know this was an option. I will have to check and see if they have a crafts division with ribbons. Would love to see how my work compares.

    You did awesome, your work is perfect, and you have no reason to even think twice about those comments. If the work wasn't so perfect, why did it win first place? You are my hero and I hope someday to be able to stitch as well as you and I've been stitching for 30 years.

    Congratulations. Keep up the awesome stitching. Don't ever think about selling your cross stitch stuff. What on earth would you do with all that talent????

    Hugs,
    Chelle

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  49. Vonna --
    A big Congratulations to you! Great job. I think your work is beautiful and your finishing is the icing on the cake:))

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  50. Vonna your stitching is beautiful! Congratulations on all the ribbons. I won't enter my stitching in anything, I'm afraid of what they'd say about mine since I stitch "backwards" and I just don't have the guts to hear it! You entered some lovely items. I agree with the gingham fabric though, I avoid like the plaque any fabric with lines in it when I am finishing things. Drives me insane to not have it straight and it darn near impossible to get it that way. Congrats again!!

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  51. Congratulations Vonna. You did a super job on all your stitching and finishing.

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  52. Vonna,


    A hearty congratulations on all your ribbons. You certainly deserve a medal for the output alone. With a young family and a job the amount of beautiful finishes you produce is very inspirational

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  53. Vonna, Your stitching is wonderful! Lot's of fabulous ribbons to show for your beautiful work. I had anxiety reading the judges comments, so I don't think I will enter anything in the fair, but I am proud of you for taking their remarks, and striving to do better. That is awesome!

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  54. Congratulations on a very successful year at the fair! Loved all the entries!

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  55. WOW!!!! So many ribbons...for so many wonderful finishes. You have been very busy.

    Love the BBD autumn stitch and your autumn wool applique piece. I would like to do one of those this year.

    So much fun seeing all your great stitching. It certainly paid off.

    Bobbi

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  56. Vonna, congratulations on all your ribbons. I think the judges just needed something to pick on you about. I think your stitching and finishing is just about perfect.

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  57. Congratulations! We all know you're already a Grand Champion even if the judges won't admit it.

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  58. You do have to almost ignore the comments....I've seen ones that were 'horrible' win and some gorgeous lose out....it also depends on their tastes....if they don't like a subject it doesn't matter how perfect it is they won't like it.....I also remember a friend entered a piece stitched with single thread and the comment was...twisted threads on her stitching....huh?
    Congrats on your wins and enjoy them. Attach that ribbon to the back of your framed pieces(along with the comment sheet or make an album and include a pic of the pieces.

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  59. Wow! Those judges are some tough cookies! I think your things all look fantastic. I give you tons of credit for entering - don't think I would handle the criticism as well as you, lol!

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  60. Wow!!! Wonderful ribbons on your stitching!!! I think everything you did was just beautiful! The important thing is if it gives you joy to do! Heck with the judges!!!!

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  61. Way to go Vonna! Its been forever since I entered anything into a fair, but the one time I did was so much fun. Its great getting constructive feedback back from judges, and even better to get ribbons!

    I saw you When Witches Go Riding at Jill Rensel's studio before I moved away from Utah and totally loved it. I had no idea it was yours!

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  62. Congratulations. Job well done!

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  63. Congratulations on all your lovely ribbons. All your pieces look amazing!

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  64. Congratulations, Vonna! I think you are brave just to enter anything for judging. That scrutiny sure is tough. All of your pieces are lovely!

    My daughter went to the award ceremony for our county fair because a friend won several ribbons, and she discovered that there are precious few entries in any of the handcraft categories, so we might consider entering some of our creations next year. Maybe I'll consult with you before I do . . .

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  65. Wow Vonna! Great job at the fair. I think all the pieces are fabulous.
    Have a great week!

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  66. So many entries & so many ribbons! Congrats!

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  67. I am not surprised you came away with all those shiny ribbons, Vonna--your stitching and finishing are alway A+ in my eyes!! Interesting about the tension comments--I would have no idea about my tension at all. If anything, it may be loose since I stitch in hand? Who knows? We, unfortunately, don't have fairs in this area so I guess I'll never be properly judged!

    ANYWAY--you should be very proud of your stitching--I know you have provided so, so many of us with help and inspiration and I just want to thank you :)

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  68. Wow--you certainly have been very, very busy! Congrats on all those ribbons!

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  69. Gees - I would hate to come up under that judge's scrutiny - WHOOOOO - tough huh! I think your entries are lovely and I want to send you a hearty congratulations for those well earned awards. I guess some judges feel they have to be critical - As someone who showed dogs competitively for 25 years - I know it's best to stick with the positive when you are handing out ribbons - people who are winning blues don't want to hear the negatives. Cheers ! mel

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  70. Congratulations on all those ribbons. I think the judges were very strict but at least they took time to make notes and let you know what sort of things they notice.
    Mind you, they must have used a magnifying glass to spot the wrong way stitch!
    I love the way you finish your ornies too.

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  71. Congratulations Vonna!! You are such an amazing stitcher and should be so proud of yourself! The judges have to say something....Everything is so beautifully stitched and finished - as someone else stated, you are a Grand Champion! (several times over) Congrats again, Wanda

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  72. Congratulations Vonna! I love all of them that you entered and you should be so proud of so many ribbons won :) Interesting judges comments, I wonder what is perfect tension? I'll have to go look it up! Thanks for sharing with us :)

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  73. W.O.W Vonna, Congratulations on all those ribbons. All your finishes are absolutely gorgeous. And they had comments on these?! wow

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  74. Congratulations Vonna on all your well deserved awards! I can't believe the negative comments though. Seriously?! Your work is awesome. I'd hate to see what they say about mine, lol! As far as I'm concerned you deserve every grand champion ribbon out there!
    As I mentioned to you, our fair no longer has a category for needlework. Even when they did the judges weren't that tough. I really wish they would include needlework again. Apparently they don't get enough entries any longer. A sign of the times I guess.

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  75. Congratulations! Wonderful work and well-deserved ribbons. Thank you for letting us share with you in this experience. I can almost smell the cotton candy and the manu...!

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  76. Lovely haul of ribbons Vonna...congrats! I wouldn't worry about those judging comments. I used to enter some of my quilts in quilt shows but it was too much of a hassle in my opinion. Which is sad really as when people don't enter, the shows and fairs suffer. However, I don't trust them not to lose my stuff!

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  77. Congratulations on your awards!! All of your projects look wonderful and inspiring to me. Wouldn't it be fun to critique some of the judges' work? Hehehe....
    Imperfections mean homemade with love to me. Afterall, we are human and aren't made to be perfect.

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  78. Look at ALL of those ribbons...Huge congratulations!!! You should be proud. :D
    I am wondering about that tension issue...can "you" see the tension issue that they speak of? I am wondering what it looks like.

    See, if I were your neighbor I could have enjoyed that country fair right along with you. :D

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  79. Congratulations Vonna! What a wonderful display of stitching and ribbons! Those judges really seem like sticklers. I'm scared to even enter...I wonder what they'll say about my ends and tension! Best of luck for next year!

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  80. Good job! Congrats! on the ribbons. They are all beautiful.

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  81. Wow, now that is one impressive bunch of ribbons!! CONGRATULATIONS! All the pieces are so lovely...I don't care what the judges say...you are am awesomely talented stitcher/finisher!

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  82. Congrats, Vonna! Awesome stitching and finishing all around!

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  83. Congratulations Vonna!
    I am so proud of you, but let's be honest, if anyone deserves those awesome ribbons for their handiwork and artistry, it is you, who keeps us all inspired.
    Enjoy every accolade, dear friend.
    Hugs
    Ma

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  84. VONNA! You did AWESOME!! Love everything you sent. Way to GO!!! So proud of you!

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  85. Congratulations on all your ribbons. Your work is BEAUTIFUL!

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  86. WOW!! Congratulations, Vonna!!! Your stitching and finishing is gorgeous, so I am not surprised that your work was awarded the ribbons.

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  87. Congratulations on all your well deserved ribbons

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  88. Appluse applause and well deserved!

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  89. Wow, Vonna, what a great amount of ribbons you brought back from the Fair. Major congratulations! Your stitching is just wonderful, and your finishing skills just amaze me whenever I see one of your ornaments.

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  90. Congrats Vonna, you deserved each and everyone of those ribbons!!! I think it's hard to take any criticism without feeling a little disappointment.

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  91. Well done Vonna!! Your work is beautiful and I don't see a tight tension at all...it's perfect! I think the judges need to find "something" wrong with a piece just to be picky. My twisted threads would not get me very far in a competition!!

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  92. Great job Ms Vonna!!!! Those judges are tough, but you rocked them! I've only entered one item in a state fair and that was way back when my youngest was just a baby. I took 3rd place. Haven't entered anything since, you are an inspiration to us all!

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  93. Oh, Wow, Vonna! Those are awesome pieces of your handiwork and you should be so proud. You got an amazing array of ribbons too. Never stop what you are doing b/c you have quite a gift for it and I know it brings such joy to your heart. I still am looking for a hobby like that. Be proud of yourself, girl! You rock at so many things! Can't wait to hang out soon! Hugs, Kel :)

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  94. Congrats for all the ribbon you've won!! I think all your works are beatifully stitched are perfectly finished!!!

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  95. I think I'm a little behind, but a big CONGRATULATIONS and JOB WELL DONE!

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  96. Hey Vonna, just checking on you...haven't seen you in a while, kiddo...hope everything is ok and that it's just been busy getting everyone back into the school routine.
    Hugs
    Ma

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  97. Congratulations Vonna!

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  98. Hi Vonna! Just checking in to see if you had posted lately. I miss reading your posts, and miss seeing all of your beautiful stitching!! Hope you are happy and well and enjoying the start of a beautiful fall.

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  99. WOW WOW WOW that's all I have to say and I LOVe those angels going to buy me that pattern asap!!! My sons birth sampler is in our fair this weekend. Crossing my fingers.

    Have a question for you though, I noticed in your cord making tutorial that you have your scissors up in a frame? I use a shadow box but it is too small for my collection. How did you make yours? could you email and let me know I will be creating a new craft room when we move and this is on my to do list. nitestitcher@shaw.ca
    Tammy
    http://iwantdoonemorestitch.blogspot.ca/

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  100. Wow, you did awesome, congrats on all the lovely wins. My favorite was the PS Witches Go Riding, too cute. I have that in my stash, may need to go dig it out, it's the perfect season of it. :)
    Sue

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  101. Hope all is well with you - I miss your posts!

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