I feel a responsibility to enter the Minnesota State Fair competition each year. I want to see weaving well-represented for visitors (including me!). In the past Weavers Guild members have been admonished to enter pieces in several categories. Each year I am especially eager to see whether Needra Granquist and Barbara Heath, weaving together as Studio 269, enter one of their ten-foot-wide rag rugs. They are beautiful and my friends are always amazed at their size.
Since life got in the way of completing larger pieces this year, I finished up and framed my small rutevev piece woven on the cradle loom. The polar opposite of a giant rag rug, it is only four inches square, a miniature.
I also entered a small tapestry of my great-great-uncle Frederick. That’s it!
Next year I hope to have many more pieces ready to enter. Right now I am preparing the loom for a large rya. Here’s one thing that might get in the way of efficient weaving.