Entering work for Guild competitions and exhibitions

This page is intended to give some background information about our competitions and exhibitions and to encourage members new and old to take part and to show us all what they enjoy doing.

The Guild has three competitions each year. They are the Lore Youngmark Memorial Competition, the Gwen Shaw Competition and the Kennedy Cup for Spinning.  A member may enter one or more pieces of work for each competition subject to fulfilling the criteria set for that particular competition that year, but a single piece can only be entered for one competition. If the item simultaneously fulfills the entry criteria for more than one competition, the member must choose which competition to enter.  Please note: This differs from the practice in past years where a single piece could be entered for more than one competition.

Any piece of work can be submitted for selection to a National Exhibition as well as to any of the London Guild competitions. The same piece of work should not be entered for the same competition or exhibition year after year. The competitions are judged on the basis of members’ votes.  Each member can vote for the three items they like best in each category, the votes are counted during the speaker’s commentary and the winners are  announced at the end.

Guild 2016 Christmas Competition Themes

Lore Youngmark Prize – Weaving
Colour and Weave

Colour and weave refers to the alternation of dark and light warp ends and weft picks that produce a visual effect different from the structural interlacement. Colour and weave effects are usually produced with plain weave or twill threadings, but can be produced by a variety of other weave structures. (The Complete book of Drafting for Handweavers, by Madelyn van der Hoogt).

You should produce a finished item, presented with some information about the yarns used and the details of your work (weave structure, kind of loom, number of shafts and a drawdown). Besides any working samples, you should produce at least one other sample made on the same warp but showing a different pattern.

You can use any design method which suits you, such as a computer drawdown, hand drawn graph, sketch book, colours and drawing. All weavers are encouraged to submit entries regardless of whether they are new to the craft or very experienced.

Kennedy Cup – Spinning
Spinning fibre for drape

The next exhibition of the London Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers in 2017 will probably have the ‘River
Thames’ as its theme. In preparing projects for inclusion in the exhibition, the Kennedy Cup 2016 will take the
idea of creating qualities of drape, light and movement in a finished project:

  • choose any source fibre or blend your choice of multiple fibres to spin a yarn that will add drape and movement to a knitted, crocheted or woven finished item. These qualities are most often required for scarves, shawls, cowls, wraps, blankets, tablecloths and larger garments.
  • each entrant should produce a 20g skein together with a finished article or a working sample or a trial piece using the same blend and demonstrating the required qualities.
  • notes on working process, method and fibre choice are welcome.

If you have questions please contact spinners@londonguildofweavers.org.uk

Gwen Shaw Competition – Design

2016 is the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London, so our theme for the 2016 Gwen Shaw competition is
‘Fire’.

You should present a finished item which is handwoven, tapestry woven, hand-spun, hand-dyed or any combination of these. Because this is essentially a design competition, you must accompany your entry by material showing how your design was developed from the initial concept or visual source to the finished item.

Note: for the Guild’s 2017 exhibition we hope to have the ‘River Thames’ as the exhibition theme. So you might
like to take account of this in your thinking about the Gwen Shaw theme, so as to produce something which
would also be suitable for the exhibition.

How to submit your work

For the Christmas competition please bring your work along to the Christmas meeting on 10 December. Please arrive before 1.30pm so that your work can be logged for whichever of the competitions you are entering.

Submissions are free.