Monday, October 7, 2013

Resplendently Red


A red ribbon, that is! 
In fact, two of them. : ))

I am in a bit of shock. Telling no one, I entered Renukek's Honey Napkin this week in a Tatting Competition at the Markham Fair - a huge event outside Toronto. There is a brief description of it below.

Took me hours to get to the fairgrounds and home again. Then I forgot about it till last evening when I had to go pick up my tatting.

When I handed in my ticket, the woman I gave it to disappeared and was gone a long time and I started to think maybe they lost my work, but then two women approached me with my tatting in hand - and a red ribbon and some other papers.

They said that they had never seen anything like it! I was sort of stunned and we chatted a bit and off I went.

It was not till hours later I saw I had been awarded another honour - I thought it was a fair advert or keepsake ribbon but it was a biggie! So, my tatting will go on display at another event. I am excited about all this, as it was so unexpected.


Thank you Renulek, for this marvellous pattern, and thank you all the tatters who encouraged me over the months of tatting this monster doily. 

Also, I will have to thank the owner of the little shop (Melodie Crochet) where I buy the Finca thread.

One of the regulations for entering an item is that you had to submit a sample of the original thread used in the work. This is to ensure that the participant is the authentic maker of the submission.

I had no more of that thread, for I gave the used balls away after I was finished. Never wanted to see them again!

So I went to the shop and asked the owner for three samples of the thread to attach to the tatting. She did not hesitate to cut off what I required from three new balls of thread and was very excited that I would enter the piece. Nice! 


I will return to the shop and show her the ribbon, for I would not have it were it not for her generosity.

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2012 Cover Art by Sherri Redshaw
"Markham Fair is one of Canada oldest country fairs. Since 1844 the fair has been providing the community with a showcase for talents and products in a friendly competitive spirit. 

With over 750 volunteers working on more than 75 committees, Markham Fair is the largest community based volunteer organization in Canada.

Markham Fair occurs annually on the weekend before Thanksgiving, and hosts upwards of 60,000 attendees. 

Approximately 3,000 exhibitors will enter more than 12,000 items, which will be judged and put on display during the fair. Promoting excellence through competition in this way, is what makes fairs unique in comparison to other events."

56 comments:

  1. Wow! Congratulations! The doily and tatting are wonderful, and I'm thrilled that you won TWO awards! Way to go!
    StephanieW.

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  2. Congratulations, another feather to you cap.

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  3. Hooray! Congratulations, Fox. It's wonderful to have all your hard work acknowledged and complimented, isn't it? That piece is amazing and you deserve the recognition!

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    1. Marty, I always watched your progress with the Fairs and was rather mystified how it all worked and was very intrigued... Your ribbons actually inspired me to have a go at the “Fair Thing!” Thank you! : ))
      Fox

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  4. Congratulations! The doilies are outstanding!

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  5. Amazing work Fox!
    Love an opportunity to see the Award winning tatting product.

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  6. Wow, congratulations!!! That's fabulous. Wonderful that your work has been recognised.

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  7. Congratulations, Fox!!! It's a stunning piece and it's wonderful that you received this recognition for your work. I am VERY happy for you!

    :) Ann

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  8. That's so wonderful!!!! Perseverance and perfectionism pay off! You worked so hard on that, the ribbon is well deserved!

    I'm so happy you had the courage to enter the fair. There is nothing quite as scary as offering your work up for others' scrutiny. It sounds like the judges actually know about tatting, too, so it's a really meaningful win.

    Even Squijum is impressed. He would like me to suggest to Gian that he refrain from shedding on it or chewing it till after the next display is over-- a position Mr. S would normally never advocate!

    Congratulations!

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    1. Hi Squijum,
      Ya, you’re probably right. I’ll leave the holey thing alone. SHE seems pretty happy today... Maybe I will just enjoy the ribbon. Looks tasty. Love the red.
      Your pal,
      Gian

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  9. Congratulations Fox! Two red ribbons - what a wonderful affirmation. It's a great achievement.

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  10. Congratulations! The doily is beautiful, worthy of the recognition it received at the fair. Your friends in Tatland celebrate your success and thank you for sharing your tatting adventures with the rest of the world.

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  11. Congratulations, fox! If anyone deserves this, it is you! You are so ,so keen on tattng and your enthusiasm is infectious! Bravo!

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  12. Very Impressive...but I was, of course, already impressed :-) Your tatting is beautifully done and the doily a monumental achievement, a well deserved reward!

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  13. Hi Fox
    Big congratulations on your win and how wonderful to be asked to put it into another fair.
    This is a real big achievement fir you so make the most of it.
    Love to Gian
    Margaret

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  14. Congratulations and well done. What an honour.

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  15. Very lovely work Fox. And congrats on your ribbons and the recognition you've gotten. It is very nice to receive admiration after all that work.

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  16. Félicitations! Well-desrved, it's really gorgeous!

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  17. Thank you all so much for enjoying this with me!
    Fox xxoo. : )

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  18. Congratulations!

    I wish I had a fair to enter things into....

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  19. That's wonderful, Congratulations! Its wonderful that they recognized the skill and talent it took to tat the doily.

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  20. Congratulations! How wonderful that your doily was so awesome that it HAD to be shared with others. You did a marvelous job!

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  21. Congratulations Fox!! A beautiful way to represent tatting and obviously well deserved, it's awesome.

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  22. Totally awesome!!!!! Congratulations!!!! :)

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  23. Fox, my hubby says Congratulations and a prize well deserved and well earned!! Very beautiful work(he has seen it)!!! :)

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  24. Beautifully done, Fox! Congratulations!

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  25. That's so exciting! - and I remember how you said you were going to toss it out, or stuff it into a cupboard because you couldn't bear to look at it any more! It's always been a magnificent piece, and now that has been affirmed by others who are qualified to make the judgement - so be proud of yourself!

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  26. A very well earned "CONGRATULATIONS" ! ! ! See what happens when you expand your horizons ! ;) even if somewhat reluctantly... HA! So glad that you joined in the fun.

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  27. Wow! That is so exciting! It's a very well-deserved honor, I must say. :)

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  28. Congratulations on your doily Fox! It's nice to see that such a stunning piece was properly recognized.

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  29. Big hugs to all my tatting buddies and supporters! And their mates! (Sue!)
    Thank you.
    Fox

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  30. Wow, wow, wow!! Fantastic and congratulations! I wish I could go to the Markham Fair. What an absolute honor. You go, girl!

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  31. Woot! Woot! What a lovely surprise after all that aggravation you went through with this thing! It IS lovely! Congratulations! ! ! :D

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  32. Congratulations Fox!!!!!!
    You did it:))))

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  33. Congratulations! This is great news!
    And it's a very cool story about a lady from the store with thread :)

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  34. Awesome! Amazing! Congratulations! Kudos to a wonderful tatter Fox. You deserve this award.

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  35. Awesome, so interesting to hear about your Fair experience - well deserved many congratulations.

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  36. Bravo! I'm so pleased for you, Fox! It's well deserved! Yay!

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  37. Congratulations Fox! That's awesome. You definitely deserve the award. Love the comment from the judge.

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  38. CONGRATULATIONS FOX! I AM PLEASED WITH AN AWARD, PARTICULARLY THAT THE NAPKIN IS MADE FROM MY PATTERN, THEREFORE THE PART OF THE RED RIBBON WILL PROBABLY BELONGS TO ME :D
    Renulek

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  39. BRAVO! CONGRATS! I'm so pleased you decided to take this magnificent work of art to the Fair! And such a prestigious one! And now it will go on 'tour!' To be seen by more folks! I remember writing when you finished it that it should be seen by many people at a Fair, so I was delighted to see those well-deserved ribbons! I wonder how they displayed it! No photos, I guess! But that note is fabulous! Sounds like there might have been several tatting entries, and this judge knows expert tatting when she sees it! But I doubt there was anything else close to this! So glad you could get the threads, too! It's interesting that Firsts are red there, whereas in the US they are blue! I think they'd be even more amazed to know you haven't been tatting that long! And Renulek is happy, too! Wonderful design! The beads are a great touch!

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  40. Congratulations! You desrve the ribbons. It is a spectacular piece of tatting.

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  41. Woo hoo! How wonderful! Especially since it was so unexpected. Another reason to be glad you kept with it even when it was such a pain. Congratulations!

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  42. Well done Fox. A great reward for a great effort. Next year you will have to send something over here for the Whittlesea Show - prizes and cash!! and a lovely rosette. We just do not get enough entries and have to fight every year to keep the section open.

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  43. That's terrific,a well deserved result. I am so proud of you.

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  44. WOW, FOX!!
    That is so GREAT!!
    But actually...of course. What else could they say? The tension in your pieces is phenomenal. They SHOULD recognize exemplary work. That's what it's all about!
    Good for you!!

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