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Winners of The Yarn Imagination Contest

   
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Child's Sweater with Lion

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Natalie Bayer
Virginia Beach, VA
Grand Prize:
Trip to NYC + $1,000

I was inspired to challenge my ability by knitting and submitting a child's sweater using a lion theme. This original lion safari-themed sweater is hand-knitted using Wool-Ease colors Wood, Caramel and Camel. The tail was fringed up and added after knitting was complete. The lion was knitted using the intarsia method.

 

Child's Sweater with Lion

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Felted Coat, Hat and Purse for Doll

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Alice Hermann
Muscatine, IA
Second Place:
$500 Hancock Fabrics Gift Card
I've been making 18-inch doll clothes for years.   When I came across this felted hat pattern and had made several, I really wanted a felted coat and purse to match, but could not find a felted coat pattern.  The Yarn Imagination Contest inspired me to create the coat and purse myself.  After 6 weeks experimenting, the end results were knitting big squares and felting them.   Then I cut out the coat pieces as you would any fabric and sewed them together on the sewing machine.  The flower on the hat is left over pieces from felted squares. The purse was my own design, knitted and then felted.  The button on the coat were crocheted.

The final results were a pleasant surprise as it really turned out the way I had pictured.  I love working with Lion Brand 100% wool yarn and have had great results with it.

Felted Coat Hat and Purse for Doll

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Bookworm

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Katrina O'Rellly
Crystal Lake, IL
 
Second Place:
$500 Hancock Fabrics Gift Card
The original design is called Bookworm. It's approximately 39". The body is knitted in stockinette and seed stitch for 36" then bound off. It was turned inside out and stuffed, then closed openings using glued I-Cords arms and legs. The Vanna's Choice "Woods Print" was run around stockinette indentations for stomach. The stocking cap was knitted with circular needles, adding striping. I made a pom-pom for hat combining Vanna's Choice and Thick and Quick with colors "Woods Print" and "Claret". The eyes were made from Jiffy Yarn, making an I-Cord with the color "Paprika" with a small piece of Thick and Quick "Claret" for the bead eyes.  I constructed and cross-stitched the book that the Bookworm holds. I knitted the Jiffy Yarn scarf and fringe using "Paprika" color. I used the "Butterscotch" Thick and Quick for the nose, that was rolled up and glued on.

Bookworm

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Golden Retriever Puppy
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Rachel Weiher
Harland, WI
Third Place:
$100 Hancock Fabrics Gift Card

Each pattern piece (original design) was first knitted flat using Lion Brand Homespun, then sewn up to make the dog shape. After the project was sewn, individual strands of additional Homespun were tied into the wholes of the knitting. The little strings that hold the yarn together were removed and the project was brushed to make the yarn appear to look like fur. Areas of hair that would be shorter on a real dog (i.e. face and legs) were trimmed appropriately. The brushing caused a lot of additional fuzz to come off, though instead of being disposed of, this fuzz (along with the little strings that hold the yarn together) was used for stuffing, making this creation 100% Lion Brand Homespun yarn, in some way, shape, or form. Black Homespun yarn was used to embroider facial features. The finished dog stands 11 inches high and is approximately 12 inches long. For the photos, picture 1 and 2 are the finished product, and pictures 3 and 4 are works in progress shots showing the techniques used.

Golden Retriever Puppy

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Felted Ruffled Bag
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Susan Considine
Sacramento CA
Third Place:
$100 Hancock Fabrics Gift Card

This bag was made using a single crochet stitch then felted in the washing machine. I added the ruffle using a triple crochet stitch after the bag was felted. I then sewed on black leather handles. It is lined with Pellon which is fused to a black silky fabric. The pattern is a variation of one published in Crochet magazine last year.

This bag won 2nd place at the 2010 California State Fair in the creative Arts Fiber Art Competition.

Felted Ruffled Bag

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