2020 Skein & Garment Competition


Watch for details about next year’s competition in January.

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.


FLFF Welcomes Jan Hewitt Towsley as the 2020 Weaving Judge

I love to weave. I love to explore all kinds of weaving and fiber art techniques that bring it all together. Starting with those little pot holder looms, as a child, I was intrigued with the creation of fabric using patterns, textures and color play. I earned my BFA, in Weaving & Textile Design at RIT (School for American Craftsman), and continue to weave utilitarian and art pieces in my Studio #202, in the Anderson Arts Building in Rochester. I am honored to have my work at many locations, such as RIT, Strong Hospital, Lipson Cancer Center, and the Susan B. Anthony House. I also love to teach this forward, as a teaching artist in area schools and The Weaving & Fiber Arts Center, occasionally lecturing/offering workshops.

Thank you, for giving me this opportunity to get to see the wonderful creations before the Festival opens- I look forward to encouraging more weavers!

FLFF Welcomes Debbie Santolla as the 2020 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 2020 Skein judge.

FLFF Welcomes Tina Turner as the 2020 Knitting Judge

Tina Turner is the proud owner of The Knitting Circle, She has been knitting for over 40 years, and in 2002 became a Craft Yarn Council Certified Knitting Instructor. Tina has taught at the Finger Lakes Fiber Festival, the Yarn Boutique in Rochester NY, the Pittsford and Fairport libraries and at The Knitting Circle. She has been President of the Rochester Knitting Guild and also of the Genesee Valley Handspinners Guild. Teaching knitting has become a passion and a joy. Tina has started to do more designing and has patterns available on her ravelry site.

No Fleece Sale

There will not be a separate fleece sale at the Festival this year. Individual vendors may be offering fleeces for sale in their booths.