Fiber Festival  Competitions

Skein & Garment

The Skein & Garment Competition allows competitors to put their work before knowledgeable judges so they may receive feedback and continue to grow as fiber artists.  Our judges have great technical knowledge and are happy to provide feedback on each item entered for judging.  All items are displayed during the festival as a way to show the public the variety of ways fiber may be used.

2017 Skein & Garment Rules and Forms

click on above link for documents.

Please note: Final submission date for all entries is

AUGUST 19, 2017

FLFF Welcomes Denise Kovnat as the 2017 Weaving Judge

A knitter since childhood, Denise Kovnat came to weaving in 1998 after a career in editing and writing. After studying with Handwoven's 2016 Teacher of the Year Joyce Robards and others for a number of years, she began teaching at the Weaving and Fiber Arts Center in East Rochester, NY. She has taught at Convergence (the biennial conference for the Handweavers' Guild of America), at the Mid-Atlantic Fiber Association conference (MAFA), and at other regional conferences and guilds. Her garments have been juried into HGA Convergence fashion shows every year since 2008. She blogs about weaving and the related fiber arts at

FLFF Welcomes Debbie Santolla as the 2017 Skein Judge

Spinning since 1982, Debbie Santolla has been teaching and giving workshops to both groups and private students. As part of the learning process, her novice students are encouraged to enter their work at Maryland Sheep & Wool, FLFF, New York Sheep & Wool and local fairs. Debbie uses this process as a teaching tool and many of her students receive awards often for Best Novice Spinner. Debbie has studied with many noted spinning and tapestry artists and uses her handspun in this work. She looks forward to the opportunity of using her experience as a teacher as the 2017 skein judge.

FLFF Welcomes Nancy Vandivert as the 2017 Knitting Judge 

Nancy Vandivert is a TKGA Master Hand Knitter and has taught knitting and crochet in the greater Rochester area for 15 years.  Her patterns have appeared in Cast On, Interweave Knits, Knitty, Twist Collective, Knit Picks, Blue Moon Fiber Arts Rockin’ Sock Club, and Ravelry.  Nancy believes in honing instruction to best fit each person’s learning style, and that patient, gentle encouragement yields the best results. She currently teaches at Fiber Arts in the Glen in Watkins Glen, NY.


The fleece competition allows fiber producers to enter their finest fleece for judging.  During the festival, attendees are invited to view fleece and purchase those offered for sale.

 FLFF Welcomes Bob and Mary Pratt as 2016 Fleece Judges

 Bob and Mary Pratt started raising sheep at Elihu Farm in Washington County, New York, with lamb chops in mind. Soon they discovered wool, with the first practice bred ewes they bought, and the following year with the Romney ram they bought from one of their mentors.

Wool soon became and remains an important part of their farm, where they raise about 140 lambs each year. All their sheep are selected for wool quality, from the longwooled Romney, to their medium and finer wooled crossbreds, including moorits with brown wool.

Mary learned a lot about wool from hand spinners, by showing their own fleeces and being a scribe at fleece shows, working at the Eastern NYS wool pool, and by taking various classes and workshops. Their shorn fleeces and live sheep have won numerous prizes at fairs and festivals.

Judging fleece shows was the next step. Mary has judged shows at locations such as the NYS Sheep and Wool Festival, the NY State Fair, the Eastern States Exposition, and most recently at the Schoharie County Fair and the Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair. 

2016 Skein & Garment Class Winners 

2016 Special Award Recipients

2015 Competition Results - are here!

Past Competition winners

2015 Special Awards