Monday, August 05, 2013

2013 Monroe County Fair...

Hello to all my stitching friends and blogging buddies...
before we get the party started, I need to give a shout out to my fourth little blessing that came to live with us on earth 8 years ago today! Happy Birthday Miss Ellie, you are my sunshine! Here she is with her best friend, enjoying her big day :)
 
 
Ellie's 8th Birthday

Ellie's 8th Birthday


 
Well...
another Monroe County Fair has come and gone here in Bloomington, Indiana. And I'm anxious to give you my fair report.
 
 
Counted Cross Stitch Framed Pictures Class, Miniature
 
Seascape 2013 Fair
 
"Seascape"
taken from "Weather Wise" leaflet
Designed by: Prairie Schooler
 
JUDGES COMMENTS:
"Threads showing behind sea gulls. Fabric not stretched properly. Tension needs improvement."

Overall Appearance: Very Good
Presentation of Fabric: Needs Improvement
Workmanship/Neatness: Good
Attention to Detail: Needs Improvement
 
Award Given:
First Place Blue
 
My Rebuttal:
This one I hurried because I wanted to enter a miniature so that I had a framed piece in every entry category under the framed class. I agree with all of the her comments. I slapped it together and lacked attention to detail.


Counted Cross Stitch Framed Pictures Class, Large
 
Orchard Valley Quilting Bee 2013 Fair
 
"Orchard Valley Quilting Bee"
designed by: Little House Needleworks ~Diane Williams
 
JUDGES COMMENTS:
"Upper left and right corners - threads showing through fabric. Stitches need to go in the same direction. Fabric not completely straight in the frame. Tension not even."

Overall Appearance: Good
Presentation of Fabric: Good
Workmanship/Neatness: Good
Attention to Detail: Needs Improvement
 
Award Given:
First Place Blue
 
My Rebuttal:
I'll agree that you can see the threads at the corners - my bad. As far as the stitches going in the same direction...they do. I have looked all over and cannot find one example of a stitch that wasn't the same way. (That is a pet peeve of mine when I see mixed stitches so I am very aware of that when I'm stitching.) I'll agree about the fabric not being straight in the frame, as the bottom is a bit wavy and whatever on the tension - I give on that one...


Counted Cross Stitch Framed Pictures Class, Medium
 
Needleworker 2013 Fair

"Needleworker"
Designed by: Little House Needleworks ~ Diane Williams

JUDGES COMMENTS:
"Threads showing through from back. Occasional inconsistent tension."

Overall Appearance: Very Good
Presentation of Fabric: Very Good
Workmanship/Neatness: Very Good
Attention to Detail: Very Good

Award Granted:
Honor

My Rebuttal:
Tension....my HEAVENS!!!



Christmas Needlework Class, Tree Ornaments

Family Ornaments 2013 Fair

"Holiday House"
a set of ornaments created using motifs from the pattern
Designed by: Little House Needleworks ~ Diane Williams

JUDGES COMMENTS:
"Black trim makes it look like for deceased family members."

Overall Appearance: Good
Presentation of Fabric: Good
Workmanship/Neatness: Very Good
Attention to Detail: Very Good

Award Granted:
Honor

My Rebuttal:
Of all the comments received, this one - completely angered me. So much so, I have thought of contacting the Fair Board. I am totally and completely angered, at the clearly personal reaction the judge had to my color choice for the ribbon. It clearly states in the Open Class Rule Book that each item is judged on the workmanship, neatness, attention to detail as it pertains to each project submitted. This judge clearly did not like my choice of black ribbon and because of that...judged me based on her own feelings about that rather than my workmanship. These ornaments are beautiful. Much more so than this picture shows. To write the comment that was written "Black trim makes it look like for deceased family members." is horrendous...and honestly a slap in the face.
I was going for a vintage/Victorian feel in the finishing of the ornaments, I achieved that. Unfortunately the Judge let her short sightedness get in the way and did not agree with my vision. Note to self: Only submit ornaments with RED or GREEN ribbons from NOW ON!


Creative Items Class, Holiday - special item other than Christmas

Thomas 2013 Fair

"Thomas"
Designed by: Notforgotten Farm

JUDGES COMMENTS:
"One stitch not completed"

Overall Appearance: Very Good
Presentation of Fabric: Very Good
Workmanship/Neatness: Very Good
Attention to Detail: Very Good

Award Granted:
Champion

My Rebuttal:
I'd like her to point out the stitch she is speaking about. I have looked, my husband has looked and we cannot find it.


Counted Cross Stitch Other Items Class

Sheep Virtues 2013 Fair

"Sheep Virtues"
Designed by: Little House Needleworks ~ Diane Williams

JUDGES COMMENTS:
"Some inconsistency in tension - all pieces. Faith - house is lop-sided"

Overall Appearance: Very Good
Presentation of Fabric: Very Good
Workmanship/Neatness: Very Good
Attention to Detail: Good

Award Granted:
Champion

My Rebuttal:
whatever...


Counted Cross Stitch Framed Pictures Class, Samplers

JM Gardner 2013 Fair

"J.M. Gardner"
Designed by: With Thy Needle and Thread ~ Brenda Gervais

JUDGES COMMENTS:
"Center Bottom, lower right vine - threads showing through the fabric. Tension fairly even."

Appearance: Very Good
Presentation of Fabric: Very Good
Workmanship/Neatness: Very Good
Attention to Detail: Very Good

Award Granted:
Champion

My Rebuttal:
Damn thread ends! I missed one. And thanks for the "fairly even" tension comment. I'm going to start stitching on my head, maybe my tension will be perfect for her.


Fairly successful year...
I really honestly try to take the judge's comments as a positive. Although, as I am competitive and type A, it is hard to not go off the deep end when reading some comments....Ha! Ha! In the past three years of participating in our county fair I have become a better stitcher. I am more aware of my tension (although apparently not good at it). I am more aware of how I end and begin my thread ends (again apparently not good enough). I do crave to be The Grand Champion or even the Reserve Grand Champion of the Needle Arts Division, which includes: crochet, knitting, plastic canvas, tatting, embroidery, applique and needlepoint. So that's a whole lot of talented some body's to beat. Someday.....

I've won a great many wonderful ribbons in the past three years...
and I had to purchase a larger shadow box to display my hard won treasures. Here they are, my accumulated awards from the past three county fairs. One day...I'm going to have a small shadow box with the Grand Champion of the Needle Arts Division hanging by itself right beside this box! May it be so...

2013 Fair Ribbons

My County Fair Awards for the past three years
~2011, 2012 and 2013~

Well my dear friends...
as usual, the fair gets into my blood and gives me that drive to stitch, stitch, stitch. Yes, I have picked out my projects for next year. Oh, they will be beauties! And maybe will be one step closer to my ultimate stitching dream...
but...dreams are for another day. I want to leave you with what I am currently stitching, so that you don't think I'm leaving you for a long time without a good reason. I am currently model stitching and finishing for Little House Needleworks. So I won't be around much until I get this huge project completed. Will you love it? YES! You will!! But secrets are secrets and can't be shared...But, please do stick around with me though! I'll be back and have something new to share with you as soon as I possibly can!

Until next time...
I'll be keeping my hands to work and my heart to God, just like always, join me!
Love and stitches,
Vonna  xxx

79 comments:

  1. Your work is beautiful and I am always amazed at the wonderful items you make. What exactly does it take to receive the Grand Champion award? They must look at each entry with a magnifying glass! You are a Grand Champion in my book, I wouldn't even have the nerve to enter, I stitch because I love giving homemade gifts to family and friends and yes sometimes there are mistakes, tension is off and framing isn't always perfect. You rock Vonna!!

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  2. Oh my.... Vonna....I would not be able to handle these comments from the judges. :-) I would be so mad that I never ever would want to enter again. LOL I have seen your stitching and it is beautiful! Tension??? What the....:-)

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  3. Oh and Happy Birthday Ellie!!!

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  4. Your stitching and finishing are lovely. I would have a hard time with those judges. I entered the state fair here in Wisconsin many years ago, got a 2nd and a 3rd. Keep thinking I should do it again. I love your ribbons all together. Congrats on a JOB WELL DONE!!!

    Kathy

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  5. OMG, I think this judge has it out for you hun, that comment about the ornies made me so mad; how dare she say that to you...I think you should call the fair board. I think you did a wonderful job, as always...:)

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  6. I loved this post. You are such a hoot (and a blue-ribbon stitcher of everything, IMHO). Who gives a rat's butt about tension!? I think we should all stitch Christmas ornaments for this judge and finish them all with black ribbon. Lots and lots of black ribbon.

    Happy birthday, Pretty Ellie!

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  8. Me encantan tus trabajos, disfruto con tu blog y adoro el color negro.
    Quieres impresionar al juez la próxima vez? Borda su nombre y adórnalo con una cinta negra...jajajaj

    Besos desde España

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  9. hmmmmmmm ... love those black ribboned ornies ... and PLEASEEEEEE go and ask that just to pick out the stitch that is un finished !!!!!
    Marly has a trick for those threads that may show ... put a tiny bit of matching fabbie in front of the trailing thread so that it is against the main fabbie )and YOU WILL get that award :)
    ps HAPPYYYY birthday Ellie :) love those bears .... love mouse xxxxx

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  10. My goodness.. how picky can one get? They at least should point out the exact spots that the 'tension was uneven' or an x was crossed the wrong way.
    And the ornament comment was just ridiculous. That judge sounds like she's jealous!

    Your stitching and finishing is so fantastic, and at least they recognized that enough to give you a ton of ribbons and honors. Your work wins the grand prize in my book!

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  11. My goodness.. how picky can one get? They at least should point out the exact spots that the 'tension was uneven' or an x was crossed the wrong way.
    And the ornament comment was just ridiculous. That judge sounds like she's jealous!

    Your stitching and finishing is so fantastic, and at least they recognized that enough to give you a ton of ribbons and honors. Your work wins the grand prize in my book!

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  12. Good grief! How picky can they be! They could at least point out the exact areas where the 'tension' was not up their expectations or where that lone stitch was x'ed in the wrong direction! The ornament comment was definitely uncalled for. The judge sounds jealous if you ask me.

    Your stitching and finishing are wonderful and they did recognize it to the extent that you won a ton of ribbons! Congrats and you are the Grand Champion in my book!

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  13. Vonna, I shake in my shoes at thought of submitting my work to the fair, after reading the comments on yours. I've worked on improving my stitching over the past year and have read a lot of good stitching hints and tips on your blog and several others. Would you be willing to show us photos of "thread ends" and "thread showing" and tension, stitch direction, etc.? I admire you and some of the other stitchers I've read for having the temerity to put your work out there for critics. You GO, girl!

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  14. I hate the judges comments...some of them are so caddie it is unbelievable. And unfortunately they have ruined our county fair...so much so the buildings that used to be stuffed with entries are now bare and there is nothing entered. I hope they figured out after this year no one who works hard on their projects deserve those kind of comments. Keep it to judging the work and leave your opinions at the door. :) Your work is beautiful, take the ribbons and keep stitching!!

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  15. Wow, they really look hard at ones stitching. That was very short sighted of the one judge in regards to the black ribbon. That thought would have never crossed my mind. Though you aren't quite where you want to be, your work is always gorgeous. Congrats on all your awards!

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  16. This is why I don't have any interest in submitting my works to shows. I agree with your frustration entirely Vonna...some of those comments were uncalled for. If you don't like the colors someone uses and don't think it's pleasing, you can give it a lesser grade but I would never make a catty comment like that. Some people get a little carried away with their petty powers....

    Anyway congrats on the ribbons you won and I have no doubt you will win the one you want at some point. I wonder if the judge reads your blog!

    Take care and enjoy the rest of your summer with the kids. We look forward to seeing your new model when it's revealed.

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  18. It's because of you I have started stitching again. One day a few years back I was online and saw your blog. Your GORGEOUS work is what brought my heart back to stitching. I guess if any of us enter a competition we have to be ready for the judges comments and take the good with the bad. You are the grand champion in my book. You brought back the love of stitching to me and I am so glad you did. I LOVE your work. Hold your head up, be proud and congratulations for a year of beautiful work. You are the BEST!!!!
    Do these judges look everything over with a magnifying glass...good grief!!

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  19. First, happy birthday wishes to your sweet Ellie! Congratulations to you on your wonderful pieces of stitching and their ribbons! I think you should contact the fair board about the ribbon comment; definitely uncalled and lacking professionalism if you want my opinion. Looking forward to seeing what your entries will be in 2014.

    Robin in Virginia

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  20. I had to laugh at some of your responses to the judges' comments, lol! But really, your stitching and finishing is beautiful! Those pesky thread endings! I agree with your comment on the judge and her personal comment on the ornaments. Don't worry, you'll hit the Grand Champion. It's not a question of how, but when. Hope you'll show us what your 2014 stitching is going to be.

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  22. I don't blame you for being angry about the black ribbon comment. Definitely not relevant, and obviously the judge's personal opinion! Ugh! But congratulations on your results! You did great overall! I never dare to enter any shows cause I know I will have comments galore on various problems. lol! You did a great job -- I think the judges are a bit much!

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  23. This isn't even my work, and I was insulted by some of the comments made about your stitching! LOL! We stitchers sure stick together! Honestly, these are some of the prettiest finishes I've seen. You were very brave to even enter your work in the fair, which is something I have never done. I'd probably cry if someone said something bad about my work. Ha ha. Thank you for sharing your fair entries with us, and your rebuttals were fun, especially "Whatever". Love it.
    Cathy
    CraftyCat

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  24. Vonna dear,
    I can't tell you how many times I have referred to your tutorials for flat ornament finishing. They are perfect and professional, and I strive to imitate your skills. Wouldn't I just love to see something that judge has stitched, assuming of course, she has needlework experience of her own. But I must say how much I admire you. You could have posted photos of your pieces with their blue ribbons and left it at that, but no! You chose to included the judge's comments as well. You are a classy lady, and we all admire your stitching and creativity. You are an inspiration to all of us, and we look forward to your next post.

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  25. Your pieces are beautiful. You have some tough judges!

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  26. I agree about being marked down because of a judges personal preference. I have a friend who enter a stitching contest and was marked down because of the fabric she stitched the design on and how the floss didn't suit it very well. What was so weird about that was she stitched it on the same fabric the designer used and used what floss it called for to use. So I guess the judge would have marked the designer down too.

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  27. and those are the reasons I do not enter my needlework in the fair or any other competition. Your needlework is beautiful!!!!!!! You create beautiful heirloom pieces cherished by your family and friends--that's the best prize!

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  28. Vonna- I think all your stitching is beautiful and I love your ornaments with the black ribbon! Your stitching and finishing have brought lots of inspiration to many people (me being one) and for that I thank you very much!!! Keep on stitching and showing us all your beauties!

    Take care my friend!

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  29. lol---really???

    Mis-matched stitches?! No way! I mean, you ARE human, but in more than one piece?
    This has me wanting to sit down with those pieces in-person and look them over stitch-by-stitch just to "prove" the comment wrong to myself.

    I had to smile with incredulity to see that black ribbon comment--those ornaments are the envy of our community here online. I've not seen them in person--though I'd love to--but I am sure they are lookers. I took some draftsperson-type courses during my collegiate studies, and my blood would get fired for a "perfect score" (it was -3% for each imperfection), so I can really understand what you're about here.

    See, I'd never have thought of the funerary bent of the ribbon choice. It looks smart and distinguished; like a brass knocker on a gleaming black front door. But...the dates on each one...I agree/don't agree at all with her assessment. I STILL want some with a similar smart finish for my own tree--please don't misunderstand my admiration for them! It really is her own judgment, you know. Funeral colors vary by custom (white for the Chinese; Buddhism, perhaps?).

    Needleworking people can be so tediously high in the instep! I part-timed briefly at a shop, where I once overheard the proprietress and her court delivering a solid (and affronted) opinion that they couldn't abide the wearing of black tights because "As mother-always-said it looks for all the world as though the wearers are orphans (of all things!!! Certainly orphans are always seen in those dreadful opaque thick tights!), and don't people know better!?"

    Personally, I feel rather neat and smart when I wear un-transparent black tights. I have a bounce in my step as I enjoy what I consider to be the continental, stylish air they afford me--like I ought to be also wearing a chestnut beret and/or a french-braid and consuming an espresso shot or perhaps a croissant.

    Okay, here's the way to look at it! (And why I thought there was ANYTHING funny about her petty opine). Recently, I was re-watching an episode of The West Wing which features "Marion Coatsworth Hay" (a fictitious member of the DAR who threatens to boycott a reception given at the White House to admit the president's daughter into said society on the grounds that the First Lady, her mother, is not herself a proper member of due to her qualifying ancestor having been a privateer.)

    Please, Vonna, watch this link and picture the comments on your form being annunciated by this woman--because I do! I really think she may be a near clone for the person you've received--ahem--"exhortation" from.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EV1FRk5PX4c

    I hope this will make you smile!

    Berit

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  30. Congratulations on your awards. Well deserved. I think it's like gymnastics - we know they should get a 10, but the judges just can't seem to give a perfect score! I think they feel that their job is to find flaws and if they don't, they didn't do their job well.

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  31. All are beautiful Vonna! I'm thinking of entering our county fair this year... First timer for me! lol

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  32. What nasty comments from that judge. I find it very subjective when you have but one person judge entries. I've judged in the past and could never imagine giving such negative comments on such beautiful work. I've seen some things that would make your hair stand on end that were put into a frame, but I found something positive to expound upon to make the person want to improve their skills and enter again the next year. I'd certainly report her 'departed' comments to your fair board and see what they thought. Perhaps they can find a better judge who is not so critical of every single thing. My take is she was just looking for something to rag on, whether she found it or not. You know the quality of your work....so just go with it and take it for what it's worth. Now to decide what to stitch for next year hu?

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  33. Wow!!! Those are some tough judges!!!
    I think your stitches and finishes are perfect!!!!!

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  34. Happy Birthday Ellie !! She is a sweetie and we share the same birthday week.

    Congratulations on the fair ribbons. I was upset at how critical the judges are. Your stitching is always beautiful. They sure seem to be pretty picky. I admire your pieces and you have such talent for finishing. Keep on stitching !!

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  35. Happy Birthday Ellie! I completely agree with Marly. ;)

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  36. Congratulations on your ribbons and beautiful work! I sometimes think some judges don't think they're "doing their job" unless they find something (minor) to criticize. Also often I've noticed working with the HS band that there's usually an "outlier" judge who, when all the other judges are gushing over the performance, just doesn't like the show or band.

    The important thing is that YOU are satisfied with your work and are happy to display it. (It IS beautiful!)

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  37. What an interesting post, Vonna! We don't have fairs around here so I know nothing about the world of needlework judging. I totally agree with you on the black ribbon comment by the judges, though... I immediately though "Victorian" when I saw your lovely ornaments so you achieved the look you were going for. I think they're beautiful and perfect--wouldn't change a thing :)

    Congratulations on all those lovely ribbons--you deserve each and every one (and more!!).

    And a very Happy Birthday to Miss Ellie--such a cutie!!

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  38. My goodness, those comments were something else. And I agree, the remark about the ribbon colour does border on the offensive. Wow. Still, I think you did really well. Congratulations!

    Happy birthday to Ellie!

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  39. Happy Birthday Ellie!!!! Super Congrats on all the awards and the lovely stitching!! No comment about the judging...or none that I would put in print!! HUGZ!!!!

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  40. Congratulations on your ribbons!!!! All your stitching is awesome!

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  41. I would want to strangle that judge. She clearly had it out for you. Your stitching is beautiful and the way you finish everything looks fabulous. I would have to see these pieces in person to find all the minute problems she thinks there are.

    Congrats on all of the beautiful ribbons. I think I am going to look into how I turn items in to my county fair.

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  42. Congratulations on your fair entries! Some of the comments were very offensive..especially tension and the color of the black ribbon. It seems as though she was looking for perfection. This is handwork..I think tension is not always perfect in any handwork. The visible threads on the back are another thing..it's difficult sometimes to hide those fibers. Anyway, your work is beautiful and I was surprised she was able to find anything negative to say about it. I say job well done!

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  43. Happy Birthday to Ms.Ellie! Congrats on your ribbons. Your stitching is beautiful. I no longer enter my work in the fair due to the judging comments, they are too picky for me. (my little ego can't handle the negative remarks. LOL)

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  44. Hi Vonna,
    That kind of hurtful judging is exactly the reason I will never enter my stitching in any fair! I have seen pieces with dirty hoop marks receive awards, while beautifully stitched pieces received nothing! I realize that being a judge is very subjective, but as a good judge, shouldn't you be able to take your own taste out of your judgements and be fair with constructive criticism? Vonna, you're an inspiration to me to be a better stitcher and finisher and I thank you!!! That's all I need.

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  45. Hey, Sweets!
    You're the grand champion in our eyes! I look forward to reading your Fair results. Would you compete so hard if you already won it? It's what keeps your dreams alive. Maybe judge doesn't like cross stitch!

    What category ARE the reserved and grand champions in?

    Happy Birthday to your baby (although I'm sure she doesn't think so)!

    Looking forward to what's next!

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  46. I think you are brave for letting those very picky people judge your stitching. It all looks beautiful to me.

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  47. Vonna-Your work is absolutely gorgeous! I have always wanted to enter a project in the county fair, but I didn't know if I could handle the criticism, you do very well with it. Wouldn't you love to see pieces completed by these judges? I didn't realize you were in Indiana also, I am in Putnam county, not that far. Maybe next year I'll come see your work in person! Thank you for sharing the judges comments for us all to learn from.

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  48. Sometimes you have to wonder what planet the judges were on when they viewed your work. Really a missed stitch!! Did they go over with a magnify glass to find that one stitch to comment on?? If that is all they can say then you have done a fab job and should be very proud, well done, they all look awesome

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  49. I have heard how rough judging is for these pieces. But as you can tell, we all think these pieces are gorgeous! If your pieces aren't the best, then we're probably all in trouble. Admire you for doing this each year. Love the pieces and for the way you keep working at perfecting your game. Thx for sharing. And, P.S. - please consider contacting the board about that idiotic statement about the "Deceased". What a pile of doo-doo. They oughta be horsewhipped. What a non helpful statement.

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  50. I have heard how rough judging is for these pieces. But as you can tell, we all think these pieces are gorgeous! If your pieces aren't the best, then we're probably all in trouble. Admire you for doing this each year. Love the pieces and for the way you keep working at perfecting your game. Thx for sharing. And, P.S. - please consider contacting the board about that idiotic statement about the "Deceased". What a pile of doo-doo. They oughta be horsewhipped. What a non helpful statement.

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  51. Happy Birthday Ellie...8yrs old, I remember her at 4! too cute.

    Well, look at you with all those ribbons. Congratulations! I would love to have a fair like that in my area.
    I totally agree with you on the black ribbon comment. I was thinking the same thing as I read it.

    I look forward to seeing the latest model stitching.

    Hope that you and your family are enjoying your summer. School will be back in session soon.




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  52. Happy Birthday wishes to your sweet Ellie!
    Wow! Does just one person judge the needlework? Seemed harsh to me (although I have no experience). It just seems that, to be fair, there should be a team of judges.

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  53. Wow, I have to admit the judge's comments bug me for you!!!!! And I agree on the comment about the black ribbon, very subjective. That said, lots of pretty ribbons so you were doing lots of things right ;-).

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  54. Your stitching is beautiful as always, Vonna. And all your ribbons speak for themselves, don't they? I've been entering my "stitchy stuff" at the Fair for over 20 years, and there was only one year that the judge gave comments. She was very free with criticism, but I did not receive one positive comment, even on the piece which got a Sweeps ribbon. Frustrating. Hopefully, your Fair will change judges next year! Happy belated birthday to Ellie!

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  55. Congratulations on your ribbons. Your stitching looks gorgeous. I think you are very brave to enter. Happy Birthday to your daughter.

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  56. Happy Birthday to Miss Ellie

    Congratulations on all your ribbons, they make a stunning display

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  57. Judges donoyt want to give a full positive on any project even canned good such a shame and such nasty comments, congratulations on all your winning ribbons, so lucky.
    Caterine

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  58. Your work looks beautiful and deserving of loads of ribbons to me :) I bet the Judges had to think really hard to come up with any comments so that is why they keep mentioning your tension and thread ends. The nasty comment about the black ribbon was uncalled for and would have really upset me too :) I'd also love to know too if it is one Judge or a team of Judges and what is their experience in needlework? Curious......

    Have a great day!

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  59. I love all your stitching! You definitely should contact the Fair Board about the judging. I am anxious to see the model you are working on and I know it will be lovely.

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  60. I love your dead relatives ornies, why shouldn't we remember them at Christmas? Seriously though. How picky was that judge? How do they even measure tension anyway?
    I think your work is beautiful and your collection of ribbons is amazing.

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  61. I'm a little late to this post Vonna but let me just say I am in awe of your talent and I am awed by the nerve it would take to put your work out there. I just don't think my ego could take it. You inspire me to try though. Last year our State Fair only had 12 entries in the cross stitch division. If I can get up the guts to do it I would like to send something. I've got less than a week to make up my mind! Love all of your entries and I think the judge that didn't like your ribbon should take a long walk on a short plank! Congratulations on all the ribbons. You done good girlfriend!

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  62. I never realized that you got feedback! I couldn't take the heat on that one, so much time goes into those pieces, whether the stitching is good or not, I would NOT want to hear the criticism! I used to Irish dance, and at competitons you would get comments, too, but they were frequently not comprehensible. Not a true dancer, I didn't understand what "toes' meant, for instance (point your toes) "knees" -- you legs aren't straight. Maybe they need to use more shorthand that you can't understand!!!

    They were beautiful pieces, Vonna.

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  63. Happy birthday o your little one!
    I think your work is amazing!
    Congratulations on all the fair ribbons!

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  64. When 'everyday people' are asked to judge others' work, they think they HAVE to say something is wrong or make some critical comment. I have never understood that. Your work is BEAUTIFUL and I think you should take those comments with a grain of salt. Keep up the beautiful stitchery!!!!

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  65. Deb, your entries are fabulous! I cannot understand some of the judges remarks, especially the one about the black ribbon. My goodness, black is the hottest color going, for goodness sakes. :) Really, your work is to be admired and loved by all. Great job, and Happy birthday to Miss Ellie.

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  66. But, I like the black ribbon -- it gives the ornament an elegance that cannot be achieved with bright colors! Thanks for sharing your work!

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  67. I like black. I think the ornaments look elegant. Evidently, the judge doesn't share our refined taste :-)

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  68. Thus the reason fairs are losing popularity! Your stitching is TOPS to me and so many of us in blogland! And your finishes are impeccable! THE judges are blind! Hugs to you!

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  69. I had to laugh when I read this post about the Judge's comments from the Fair. I enter in the Iowa State Fair and am always amazed at some of the comments I get. One year the Judge commented I forgot some stitches. However, there were no stitches in that area of the design to allow definition between a chin and shoulder. Cracked me up but what can you do. Your stitching is beautiful!

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  70. You are so fortunate to live in a place where stitching is so highly regarded! Doesnt it feel good to be so appreciated!!

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  71. I am just in awe about the judges comments on your pieces. They all look fabulous. I mean seriously were they using a magnifying glass to find "stitches in wrong direction, or an incomplete one??". Even the one comment about the house on Faith being "lopsided". Really?? I would like to see the work done by the judges. I wouldn't be surprised if their stitching was extremely sub-par compared to yours. Don't let the ribbon comment bother you. Obviously there is something not right about the judge who said that. I would definitely make a complaint about that too.

    Happy Birthday to your little one. I can't wait to see the LHN project you are stitching now. :-)

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  72. All your stitching looks beautiful. Congratulations on all your ribbons.

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  73. Happy belated Birthday to your little one and thank you so much for the 'tour' of your fair entries.....your judged feedback and responses provided a good giggle for me this afternoon.... I think your work is exquisite and I have learned so much from you and your finishing tutorials! Keep on doing what you do! Thanks again.....Cindy/NE

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  74. Your pieces are ALWAYS wonderful....judges be darned!! Keep up the great work as you are just a fabulous inspiration.

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  75. No need to rebut anything, girl - YOU WON!=) Great haul of ribbons and rosettes there!

    I've just discovered these events in my local area of the UK and, next summer, I am joining in! Can't wait to get started!=)

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  76. Vonna, your work is all beautiful allover. Are these all judged by the same person, or all they all nuts? I would definitely want to know the judge's qualifications - maybe she will quit soon? The word "comments" should include both sides, like they say, sandwich a negative comment between two positive ones. I didn't notice any positive comments. Your work is truly lovely - don't let them spoil it for you! There is one in every crowd. I have a co-worker like that judge. Keep your chin up and keep on stitching! You are an inspiration to me, and the joy on your children's faces tell me how wonderful you are. God Bless you, Dear Sister!

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  77. Vonna, your work is all beautiful allover. Are these all judged by the same person, or all they all nuts? I would definitely want to know the judge's qualifications - maybe she will quit soon? The word "comments" should include both sides, like they say, sandwich a negative comment between two positive ones. I didn't notice any positive comments. Your work is truly lovely - don't let them spoil it for you! There is one in every crowd. I have a co-worker like that judge. Keep your chin up and keep on stitching! You are an inspiration to me, and the joy on your children's faces tell me how wonderful you are. God Bless you, Dear Sister!

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  78. Vonna your work is always amazing and a real pleasure to look at for every stitcher around the world. You always make real beauties and you can see that every stitching is done with love!
    I'm sorry for the "stupid" comment on the black trim but it made me laugh. Guess she was out of "reason" but beauty is in the eye of the beholder!
    Lucky for the rest of us we can appreciate the real beauties you have shown us through the years :-) never mind 1 persons stupid comment!
    You are still my inspiration!
    xxx

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  79. Love your work. I am not a judge but so many can find fault in everything. You truly are an inspiration.

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