Here is an eclectic selection of things from the Fiber Arts division at the County Fair this year -- things that caught my eye, mostly, out of quite a lot of interesting items, from all classes and of every type of fiber. The above was, obviously, a bit of a show-stopper!
The first-place winner in the socks class. Nice design, and beautifully worked -- I might hesitate to suggest to the fair staff, though, that the charming little elephant belongs on the outside of one's ankle.
I had thought that these would appeal to the judges and I was not far wrong, though in view of the competition, I can see why they chose the ones they did for first place!
I thought this was really stunning -- not only beautiful woodworking, but with a wild and gorgeous needlepoint back! and here is a closer view of that --
Of course this caught my eye very quickly!
I have always loved the William Morris acanthus designs, with their subtle shading.
And this I have mentioned before, but here it is again full-sized, so that you can see some of the detail. Unfortunately I didn't get a photo of the whole thing -- it is probably twice this size. It is a sampler in cross-stitch of past OC Fair logos, and quite incredible to behold! --
The Fair runs through August 12th, so if you're in town, stop by!