Fiber Festival  Competitions


 2018 Skein & Garment Competition Rules

Skein & Garment

The Skein & Garment Competition allows competitors to put their work before knowledgeable judges so they may receive feedback and continue to grow as fiber artists.  Our judges have great technical knowledge and are happy to provide feedback on each item entered for judging.  All items are displayed during the festival as a way to show the public the variety of ways fiber may be used.

8LFF Welcomes Denise Kovnat as the 2018 Weaving Judge

A knitter since childhood, Denise Kovnat came to weaving in 1998 after a career in editing and writing. After studying with Handwoven's 2016 Teacher of the Year Joyce Robards and others for a number of years, she began teaching at the Weaving and Fiber Arts Center in East Rochester, NY. She has taught at Convergence (the biennial conference for the Handweavers' Guild of America), at the Mid-Atlantic Fiber Association conference (MAFA), and at other regional conferences and guilds. Her garments have been juried into HGA Convergence fashion shows every year since 2008. She blogs about weaving and the related fiber arts at

FLFF Welcomes Debbie Santolla as the 2018 Skein Judge

Spinning since 1982, Debbie Santolla has been teaching and giving workshops to both groups and private students. As part of the learning process, her novice students are encouraged to enter their work at Maryland Sheep & Wool, FLFF, New York Sheep & Wool and local fairs. Debbie uses this process as a teaching tool and many of her students receive awards often for Best Novice Spinner. Debbie has studied with many noted spinning and tapestry artists and uses her handspun in this work. She looks forward to the opportunity of using her experience as a teacher as the 2018 skein judge.

FLFF Welcomes Nancy Vandivert as the 2018 Knitting Judge 

Nancy Vandivert is a TKGA Master Hand Knitter and has taught knitting and crochet in the greater Rochester area for 15 years.  Her patterns have appeared in Cast On, Interweave Knits, Knitty, Twist Collective, Knit Picks, Blue Moon Fiber Arts Rockin’ Sock Club, and Ravelry.  Nancy believes in honing instruction to best fit each person’s learning style, and that patient, gentle encouragement yields the best results. She currently teaches at Fiber Arts in the Glen in Watkins Glen, NY and at Rochester area libraries. 


The fleece competition allows fiber producers to enter their finest fleece for judging.  During the festival, attendees are invited to view fleece and purchase those offered for sale.

Finger Lakes Fiber Festival 2017 Fleece Show Guidelines

Finger Lakes Fiber Festival 2017 Fleece Show Entry Form


Skein and Garment Competition Results

2017 Skein and Garment Competition
2017 Special Awards

Past Competition winners