Sydney Easter Show … No. 2

21 March 2013

If you’ve listened to Sticks and String over the last few years, you’ll know of the constant “hanging” problems.  Shawls back to front, sweaters back to front, fine lace shawls strung up with fish hooks and the now famous case of a friend of mine who found two holes in her fairisle sweater after the show (caused presumably by the said fish hooks).

Last year, the people who run the Show, the RAS, allowed a Guild member to watch the garments being put into the cabinets to ensure that they were treated appropriately and to advise on “right and wrong” sides.  This year it was my turn, along with another member, Elaine. 

And what an eye-opener that was.  We started by going through every entry in the knitting and crochet sections and moving the entry ticket that’s attached to the garment so that it won’t show when it’s hung.  For shawls, blankets and other flat objects, it was put on the wrong side in the top RH corner.  The hangers then knew that the side with the ticket was the wrong side.

What struck both of us forcibly was that people just don’t bother to read the instructions, or they just don’t understand them.  Why did so many people attach a ball band when none was requested?  I don’t think any category now asks for a ball band (it was used to prove the yarn used, where the category was specific about what was allowed).  Whatever the entrant includes is returned to them where possible, so we had to find places to hide ball bands on the inside of a garment without spoiling the line of the item when it was hung.  My suggestion?  Tell people that any attachments to the item will not necessarily be returned to them.  And let those doing the job I was doing just throw them away.  Some people attached samples of the yarn – in one case, a small bag full. 

And don’t talk to me about tension/gauge!  More of that tomorrow.   

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  1. What an interesting role you volunteered for!

  2. Rose Red (Jane) won some crochet ribbons but said her entries were hung inside out. Perhaps they need some more scrutineers to keep an eagle eye on hanging. Two doesn’t sound many.

  3. I can almost hear your voice as I read your Easter Show comments! {wry grin}
    It sounds like the RAS is continuing their attempts to improve their handling of the garments.
    Very interesting to hear the “inside scoop”!

  4. After reading the forms given to entrants, it said on the checklist for delivering your entry that most crochet and knit categories had special attachments. Maybe they’re using a “checklist” from previous years, but I couldn’t find any mention of the attachments needed in the schedule. I rang the phone number to get clarification and they said they required a yarn sample attached to it in a small clear bag. She didn’t sound very sure though.

    Until the documentation sent to entrants is made clear, you’ll get plenty of ball bands and other bits and pieces.

  5. To be specific, the form I’m referring to is: Arts & Crafts Exhibitor Checklist RE: Delivery of Exhibit. The point I’m referring to is number 2. It states “Have you included items such as thread samples, descriptions or plait counts etc. and are these attached to the article? (If you have entered into any of the following classes – 122, 140-152, 166, 169-174, 254, 270-273).

    Maybe you could let the organisers know that it’s very confusing for the entrants, and when you ring and are told you need to attach yarn samples it’s even more confusing…

    • Thank you for that. I’ll ask the Guild to take this up with the RAS. Confusing indeed!

      • It’ll make your life (if you do it again) so much easier too! If they clearly say that nothing needs to be attached (and also that the people who man the phones know the details. LOL), then less people will do it. 2 of my entries had yarn and a snippet of the ball band attached. Hopefully they weren’t too hard to hide! Tinsy tiny little zip-loc bags with the entry ticket…

  6. The Perth Royal Show is confusing in that regard for entrants as well. I haven’t entered knitting but I have entered spinning, where the schedule specifies a sample of the fibre used is to be attached on a plain white card. I did that, no worries. Then when I got me entries back, some of the comments said things like, “Why didn’t you explain what was going on here? We want to know more!” It’s hard to know what to do and what not to do, and the more questions I ask the more confusing it gets.

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