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My mom got a few pictures of some of the pieces at the 2005 Florida State Fair cross stitch competition. The displays also include crewel and needlepoint, so they're all kind of jumbled in together. There are many subclasses - i.e. "Cross Stitch/14 count Aida/Sampler" is a different class than "Cross stitch/14 count Aida/original design", so you could conceivably enter a piece in each class. That's why there are so many blue ribbons around. I wish I'd seen which one was Best of Show, but I didn't do a very good job of looking at things this year. :( I'll do better next year.

Some of the pix are a bit big. I tried to leave them as big as possible so you could see details. This is maybe 1/4 of the things actually on display.



My two pieces are visible here, the Oranges and the Celtic Dragons. Orange ribbons are honorable mentions; white are third place; red are second place, and blue are first. The one above the landscape with the hon. mention is a crewelwork of hummingbirds, which got a blue ribbon (you can see the ribbon in the next pic). The gray/black one at bottom left is, I think, a 9/11 memorial, but I'm not sure.


All of these are behind glass, which makes picture taking "fun." Here you can see a 2nd place sampler and the 2nd place lady-in-red piece, which has a lot of metallic thread and gold beading. I finally realized when looking at this pic last night that the lady-in-red is actually a Christmas piece - the letters N O E L are above her head. Upper right is more blue-ribbon crewelwork. Lower right is a piece that had loads of different stitch types, but I think it didn't win any awards because it's, well, not that pretty to look at. It's just blocks of different stitch types in "1970s colors".
Also note the other hon. mention landscape and its fancy mat.


Another landscape, this one blue-ribbon material. The indian-clothing piece looked like it was almost 3D, possibly due to shading, but in person it had that real "wow!" factor as my Mom called it. The blue ribbon sampler in middle right was astounding - it had many 3D stitch effects, like the umbrella (for "U") actually being many puffy stitches to make it curved and 3D, for instance. It was gorgeously done and deserved the blue ribbon, IMO. Many of the flowers in that sampler were 3D effects.
The purple piece at bottom right had many different stitch types (satin stitch, etc.) but I think it got a ribbon because it's more appealing to the eye, as opposed to the "1970s" one I mentioned above. It also had a very fancy checkerboard mat (mats and frames do so much to enhance the piece, I have to say).

Anyway, there's some indication of what the judges liked this year. Whether they will like the same things next year, who knows? ^_^ But the Teresa Wentzler pieces, and many mermaids and angels, didn't get anything this year.

X-posted to cross_stitch.

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ladyday
Feb. 17th, 2005 12:02 am (UTC)
Cool.
Travis' mom does Brazilian embroidery and has a piece similar to the sampler, only it's all flowers. It's so pretty, but it seems like it takes a long time to do them. I like the 3-d feel of it, though.

A lot of pretty stuff. Your oranges and dragons look nice on display there.
laridian
Feb. 17th, 2005 04:01 am (UTC)
Re: Cool.
Thanks very much. :) I'd be scared to try something as dramatic as that sampler. It was gorgeous - as Mom said, it had the "Wow!" factor to it. ^_^;
redwolf
Feb. 17th, 2005 03:23 am (UTC)
I like the purple one and love the framing you had done for the Oranges xstitch.
laridian
Feb. 17th, 2005 04:03 am (UTC)
Thanks very much! :) I wanted a wood frame that looked a bit more "fruit crate" than the reddish color, but this was all they had. The mats and the style (if not color) of the frame match the other Oranges piece I did back in '99 for my mom.

Yeah, that purple one is dramatic, isn't it? I suspect that's why it won a prize, and the custom mat helped quite a bit (IMO).
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