Happy Dance Time!

DSC_0167Well 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.

Sampler Aux Bouquets

The silk scarf I painted a couple of weeks ago won second prize too.

Otley Show 8

The beaded bangle I started at Denman College two years ago and finished last month won first prize.

Otley Show 1

My knitting bag won second prize, so I think kitting it out really helped. The satchel won third prize.

Otley Show 6


Otley Show 5At 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.

Otley Show 2

Mary the Hippo won second prize too, she’s going to be a super-sized pin cushion! Everyone loves Mary!

Otley Show 7

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 🙂


About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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13 Responses to Happy Dance Time!

  1. quiltgranny says:

    Congratulations on successfully defending your title. Beautiful things.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Deborah says:

    Congratulations on all of your wins, and for defending and keeping your Cup for this year. Everything you entered is lovely and the fabric you chose for Mary the Hippo suits her as does the fabric for the bag you kitted out. Bravo to you.


  3. sewmanju says:

    Congrats! Lot of effort well spent.


  4. Elizabeth Braun says:

    Well done! I hope to enter next year (couldn’t this time around) and relieve you of the burden of your cup!!!! 😉

    Many congrats!


  5. sewingbutterfly says:

    Congratulations 🙂 They all look fantastic!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Thank you for expressing such lovely thinking about defending the title this year, and making way gracefully for others come next year. If only that could be transferred across the pond for a few politicians to learn. 😉

    Liked by 1 person

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