Creative Fibre New Zealand would like to extend our thanks and appreciation for our official awards sponsors for their ongoing support of our organisation and members.

If you are a member, we encourage you to not only support our sponsors, but to have a go at winning one (or more!) of these awards.

ALPACA ASSOCIATION OF NEW ZEALAND AWARD

Sponsored by the Alpaca Association for an award of $250 and an Alpaca fleece, for the entry that best illustrates the lightness and fineness of Alpaca fibre.

ASHFORD AWARDS

Two awards sponsored by Ashford New Zealand.

  • First Time Entrant Award of a $500 voucher, for a first time entrant in the National Exhibition (New Zealand residents only)
  • Ashford Best Entry Award of a $500 voucher, for using more than 50% hand spun fibre

CREATIVE FIBRE AUCKLAND AREA AWARDS

Two awards sponsored by Auckland Area:

  • National Exhibition Award of $200 and the Lise Jaeger Silver Tray, for not less than 500m of skeined handspun. Entrants need to indicate an end use for the yarn. The award is named after Lise Jaeger who was born in Latvia and came to New Zealand in 1925, after being displaced by the First World War and Russian Revolution. She was a member of Auckland’s first spinning group, taught spinning and provided support to other spinners up until her death at age 90.
  • Fashion Parade Award of $300, for an entry using mill spun yarns with an emphasis on artistic content and design.

THE BLACK & COLOURED SHEEP BREEDERS’ ASSOCIATION AWARDS

Two awards sponsored by The Black and Coloured Sheep Breeder’s Association:

  • Exhibition Award of a silver rose bowl, $250 and a champion fleece, for an outstanding and innovative entry using 100% black and coloured wool, originating from a naturally coloured sheep (where white is not considered a colour), 20% of which may be over-dyed.
  • Fashion Parade Award of a silver tray, $250 and a champion fleece, for an outstanding and innovative entry using 100% black and coloured wool originating from a naturally coloured sheep (where white is not considered a colour), 20% of which may be over-dyed.

COMPLEX WEAVERS AWARD

Sponsored by Complex Weavers for a certificate for the most outstanding weaving beyond plain weave. Complex Weavers are an international group dedicated to expanding the boundaries of hand weaving.

CREATIVE FIBRE AWARDS

Three awards sponsored by Creative Fibre New Zealand.

  • National Exhibition Award of $2000, for fibre art with an emphasis on artistic content, colour and original design.
  • Creative Fibre Award of $2000, for the most outstanding Fashion creation. Must be the entrant’s own design.
  • Designing for Young Contemporary Fashion Award of $500.

COLOUR AWARD

Sponsored by DEA Yarns for an award of $250 cash, plus a $250 voucher, for the best use of colour.

DOMESTIC TEXTILES AWARD

Sponsored by Esmae Emerson for an award of $200, for an item celebrating beauty and design in domestic textiles. The award is a memorial to Esmae’s mother, Marjory Emerson. Esmae says “my mother was a skilled needlewoman. She believed, as I do, that we need beauty and good design in the items which surround us every day, and she used her skill to make attractive items for our home.” Esmae wants to encourage the application of creative fibre skills to producing works of art for everday use in the home.

DYE SUPPLIERS’ AWARD

Jointly sponsored by Teri Dyes for a $200 voucher, and Earth Palette Dyes for a $100 voucher, this award is for the most innovative hand dyed entry. The dyeing to be done by the entrant using synthetic dyes on a protein fibre.

CREATIVE FIBRE HAWKES BAY AREA FASHION AWARD

Sponsored by Hawke’s Bay Area for an award of $500, for a complete outfit that must only require shoes to complete.

INNOVATION AWARD

Sponsored by Kim Thittichai for an award of $100, for an entry that showcases innovation using your chosen fibre/materials. Kim’s aim with this award is to encourage the innovative use of fibre, whether in two or three dimensions, something that pushes boundaries.

LINEN TRUST AWARD

Sponsored by the Linen Trust for an award of $750, for the best entry using 100% linen. There is also a biannual award of $2000 to be awarded to a member to improve their use of linen. This award is selected by the three linen trust members from submissions received by the National President, who also gives their opinion. The awards were established to use the money generated over the many years that the Trust was selling linen to members.

FAR NORTH AWARD

Sponsored by Majacraft for $500 cash and a Waka Huia, for the most creative use of New Zealand design or materials.

NZ FELTERS AWARDS

The following awards are sponsored using the money generated from the Felting Convergence that was run in NZ in 2009.

  • Exhibition Award (Traditional Technique) of $250, for a garment, accessory or artwork that showcases the versatility, innovation and beauty of felting using hand laid out animal fibre/s, either wet or needle felted. Minimal use of animal and synthetic yarns for embellishment permitted. Use of fabric or commercial prefelts not permitted
  • Exhibition Award (Nuno/Laminating Technique) of $250, for a garment, accessory or artwork that showcases the versatility, innovation and beauty of felting using hand laid out animal fibre/s, either wet or needle felted, using commercial fabric in harmony with animal fibre/s. Use of commercial prefelts not permitted.
  • Fashion Parade Award (Traditional Technique) of $250, for a garment or accessory that showcases the versatility, innovation and beauty of felting using only animal fibre/s. Minimal use of synthetic fibres for embellishment permitted. The use of fabric or commercial prefelts is not permitted.
  • Fashion Parade Award (Nuno Technique) of $250, for a garment or accessory. The ratio of commercial fabric and synthetic fibre/s should not exceed animal fibre/s. The use of commercial prefelts is not permitted.

THE NEW ZEALAND SHEEP BREEDERS’

The following awards are sponsored by New Zealand Sheep Breeders. The entries must reflect the characteristics of the respective breed. They may be dyed. They must not include any black or natural coloured wool.

  • Perendale Sheep Breeders of New Zealand Breeders Award of $250 and a fleece, for an entry that best reflects the characteristics of Perendale wool.
  • Lincoln Society Award of $100, for an entry that best reflects the characteristics of Lincoln wool.
  • New Zealand Romney Sheep Breeders Association Award of $300 and the Silver Tray trophy, for an entry that best reflects the characteristics of Romney wool.
  • The New Zealand Corriedale Society Award of $100, for an entry that best reflects the characteristics of Corriedale wool.

THE POWDRELL MEMORIAL TROPHY

Sponsored by Woolcraft Hawkes Bay Trust Committee for an award of $200, for the best entry qualifying for the Sheep Breeders Awards. Originally the award was paid from interest on money generated by funds donated by the Wairoa Wool Promotional Trust. The Powdrell Memorial Trophy is named after Eric Powdrell, who was instrumental in the establishment of the New Zealand Spinning, Weaving and Woolcrafts Society and was the President for the first six years.

SENTOSA SILK AWARD

Sponsored by Sentosa Textiles for an award of $300 plus a $700 voucher, for the most outstanding silk-rich garment in the Fashion Parade.

TALLY HO HANDSPUN AWARD

Sponsored by Tally Ho Carding for an award of $100 and a set of Denise Needles, for a traditional hand knitted garment using no less than 75% handspun wool.