Monday, August 22, 2011

State Fair

Sharon mentioned that the entry categories for their local fair are pretty limited for tatting, and that the entrance fee is rather stiff.  Our state fair has seventeen categories for tatting.  It only costs $1 to enter something and the prizes range from $6 to ribbons.  Of course, to get into the $6 area you've got to tat a tablecloth or a framed picture.  Interesting that there's no size on the picture.  Hmmmm...that may be achievable one of these days! 
Last year I thought it would be a good thing to make something to enter in every category.  Keep all those tatting categories open so we don't disappear from the public eye.  After looking over the list, I decided it's not going to happen this year, probably not for years to come either.
I don't have an idea for a picture to make and frame.  I'm going to think about that one, though.

I did buy a table to make a table cloth for, but didn't get it finished.  It doesn't say how big the table has to be -- I got one for a dollhouse.  That probably would be unacceptable. *sigh*

Everything else is achievable, but certainly not all at once, and not this year.  I've given away a lot of the stuff I made this year. 
I am managing to enter in categories:
58 (well, if I get the last round done and get it starched by the 31st!),
59 (the blue diamond button doily),
60 (maybe, I have to measure the piece I have in mind),
61 (the Hearts Honor by Wanda),
(I wonder what happened to category 62 and what it was?),
64 (the same ornament I entered in the County Fair), and
65 (again, the same ornament I entered in the County Fair). 

If I get the large centerpiece done early, I might have time to make something for category 68 -- I've got a hat to put it on! 
Let's see.  If I concentrate on the list and start in September, maybe I can enter something in every category NEXT year -- well, no, not the tablecloth.  Not doin' that!


Miranda said...

I actually saw a tatted tablecloth once in an antiques store. I can't imagine having a long enough attention span to make one myself, though.

That's a pretty impressive number of categories for tatting you guys have. By all means, keep entering!

Margarets designer cards said...

We dont have fairs like you here in UK, and certainly not have shows like this where tatting would win a prize on its own.

Sharren - Tatting in Greenwood, South Carolina said...

There's a "Miscellaneous" category - you could enter the dollhouse tablecloth in it as a miniature!

Lace-lovin' Librarian ~ Diane said...

You can do it, Marty! Maybe even the tablecloth. : )

Gina said...

I never enter our State Fair. It's really inconvenient to travel to for drop off and entry. It's $30 but the number of entries is unlimited or very high. I don't know what the prizes are either. I don't think the categories are broken down like this either but I never checked. It's half a tank of gas round trip so add that into the expense. The county fair is cheaper to enter and has better prizes.

Ginny W said...

You are very lucky!! Here in New York we have to enter tatting with knitting and crochet, there isn't a tatting only section yet I keep hoping that if i can get enough to enter it will happen some day. And here it only cost 7 dollars to enter and they give you a free ticket to go to the fair so you really break even.