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Ontario Handspinning Seminar

2023 | Awards

New to the Seminar Award: This award goes to the first person to register who is attending the Seminar for the first time. The award will be the registration fee, along with $50.


Founders’ Award: This award honours the founders of the Ontario Handspinning Seminar and encourages the use of handspun in an end product. Edna Blackburn, Ted Carson, and Dorothy Kirk established the first Handspinning Seminar gathering in 1964. The $100 award is presented to the person with the best article on display made from 100% handspun. Chosen by ballots cast by the Seminar attendees.


Ontario Handweavers and Spinners Award: This award for $100 is presented by the Ontario Handweavers and Spinners. The award is given in recognition of an article on display that demonstrates the best use of handspun yarn in a handwoven article. Judges are provided by the Ontario Handweavers and Spinners.


President’s Award of Excellence: This award of $100 is given in recognition of an item of 100% handspun yarn using a textile construction method which embodies a unique interpretation; demonstrates a fresh, individual approach; and expresses personal creativity as judged by the President of the Ontario Handspinning Seminar Board of Directors.


Barb Patterson Award: This award of $25.00 honours Barb Patterson, one of the founding members of The Grand River Spinners and Weavers Guild. It is presented for the “Best Skein by a Novice Spinner” as judged by the Display Committee.


WOW Award: This $50 award is also judged by the Display Committee and given to the item which makes them say Wow! All articles submitted for display are eligible.

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