Well I had a very successful day at Otley show yesterday. Last year I won the Eric Walton Cup for the most points in the handicraft section for the first time (having entered things for over 25 years!) This year I was out to defend it!!
There are 9 classes in the section with a maximum of two entries per person, so I entered two things in 7 classes, I left out the knitted ones, I know my limits!! I entered two soft toys, which will be pin cushions now, two padded coat-hangers, two bags, I ‘dressed’ the knitting bag with sewing pattern in a pocket, fat quarters, sewing magasine in the big pocket, wool inside etc, I think it helped to portray the bag. I also entered two pieces of jewelery, two embroidered pictures, two scarves and two items in the variety class.
We took the entries down at about 7.30am, the showground was pretty deserted! The judging doesn’t often finish until about 1.30pm and we have to stay until 5pm to collect our entries (and any prize money) As the weather was a bit on the damp side I came back home for the morning and cut a skirt out. It always (well, nearly always) rains on Otley Show day, it’s a standing joke round here, very few people round here get married on the 3rd Saturday in May as it always rains on Show Day!
I was just about to set off back down just after lunch when I got a text from a friend to say ‘Congratulations on my winnings’…I must have won something, I thought!
Well, I won two first prizes, three second prizes and three third prizes. More importantly, I got the most points, so I retained the Cup 🙂
My Sampler Aux Bouquets won second prize, I made this in the autumn, I love the colours in it.
The silk scarf I painted a couple of weeks ago won second prize too.
The beaded bangle I started at Denman College two years ago and finished last month won first prize.
At the last minute I stitched an extra padded coat-hanger using ribbon embroidery, that may have been the deciding vote that swung it as I won first prize for the ribbon embroidery one and third prize for my frothy lacy one.
Mary the Hippo won second prize too, she’s going to be a super-sized pin cushion! Everyone loves Mary!
So that’s my winnings! Next year I’ll just enter what I happen to have made, rather than making things especially for the show, I’ve defended the cup this year but someone else can win the cup next year 🙂