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Ontario Handspinning Seminar

2024 | 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.

2023 WOW Award Winner

Catharina Forbes 

Catharina writes: 

The first frog started innocently enough. I had a pattern (Frog by Claire Garland) and yarn. That was fun, so I made another. It just grew from there. Handspun clothing followed, along with handmade shoes and boots. Someone mentioned the Seminar and the frogs begged me to go. Well then, they couldn’t go without bags, tools, and projects any more than I could, so back I went to the workbench. The frogs had a great time at the Seminar, loved meeting everyone, and were honoured and delighted to win the award! 


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