Rules for entry

  • Entrants must submit entry form(s) by Saturday, June  22, 2019 to enter the competition. Find the entry form HERE.
  • Skeins that have not been entered via the online entry form by June 22, 2019 will not be accepted for the competition.
  • Entries are free and exclusive to 2019 MAFA conference attendees.
  • All work must be the creation of the entrant, clean and odor-free and completed within the past two years.
  • There are no restrictions on the number of classes you may enter or on the number of items you may enter in any class, but it is necessary to complete a separate entry form for each skein entered. Your completed entry form will be attached to your skein when it is submitted on your arrival in Millersville.

Skein submission guidelines

  • All skeins should weigh 2 ounces minimum (or, if finer than 20 wpi, contain at least 40 yards), and be neatly wound to a circumference of 1.5 to 2 yards, with both ends of the skein tied together.
  • Skeins should be secured in at least three places (preferably four), using yarn that matches the skein (preferably figure-8 ties), and washed to set the twist.
  • MAFA will attach a label with your information when you submit your skein at the conference.


ClassCompetition Category
ASingles yarn (i.e., unplied but finished for end use)
B2-ply yarn
CAny other multi-ply yarn
D100% spindle-spun yarn (including plying): drop spindle, supported spindle, Navajo spindle, charkha, great wheel, or other quill wheel
ENovelty yarn
FYarn dyed by the Entrant (using natural or chemical dyestuffs)
GNon-wool skeins (may be animal or non-animal fibers)
HYarn spun by a Novice (less than one year spinning)

Note: Classes may be further subdivided at the judges’ discretion.

Entry guidelines

  • All submissions must be entered on the Handspun Skeins Competition Entry Form.  Please submit one form for each skein entered. You will receive an email copy of your entry form(s).
  • Entry form(s) must be submitted by Saturday, June  22, 2019. (Entries will not be accepted after this date.)


  • Judging criteria for skeins will include: overall appearance (draft control, appropriate grist for fiber, finishing); singles (integrity, uniformity, appropriate twist); plying (consistency, balance); dyeing/blending; and appropriate presentation.
  • Ribbons will be awarded for first through third place in each category, at the discretion of the judges. Judges are not required to award ribbons if, in their opinions, the entries are not of appropriate quality.
  • Judges reserve the right to shift entries to more appropriate classes without penalty to the entrant, and to combine or divide classes at will. Judges’ decisions are final.


All entries will be displayed uncovered but supervised by volunteers during Marketplace hours. MAFA will make every effort to secure and supervise entered pieces, but assumes no responsibility for damage or loss.  It is the responsibility of the entrant to insure entries, if so desired.


Entries will be available for pickup at designated times. Early pickups are not permitted. Items will be released only to the entrant, or to a third party designated by the entrant on the Entry Form. Unclaimed items become the property of MAFA.

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