deborah's awards

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Since 2001, I have entered items into the Arts and Crafts competition at the Great New York State Fair. Entrants must be residents of New York state and entries arrive from all over New York. I am fortunate to live within 20 minutes of the fairgrounds so I bring my entries in personally, rather than mail them. What is amazing to me is the beautiful items that do not win.

Until the 2010 fair, it cost $6 to enter up to 5 items. It is now $8. This is actually a token since each entrant gets a free admission to the Fair; the advance ticket price is $6. The prize money is small. The most I ever won was $25 for an afghan.

Here are most of my award winners. I am missing a couple of pictures and may have been awarded one or two more prizes in the earlier years.

In 2012 I became a Master Knitter so I applied to be a knitting judge at the 2013 Fair. Because of that, I did not enter any items. Though I was not a judge in 2013, I will try again 2014.

My friend, Jane Wojtaszek, is the person who encouraged me to enter my items. It took seven years before I did. Jane has been a frequent award winner over the last 20 years or so.

First Second Third Fourth Honorable
Mention
First Place Ribbon Second place ribbon Third place ribbon Fourth place ribbon Honorable mention ribbon

 

 
2012 Winners!
The last year I entered
Santa Ready for Take-off
Melinda Evening Purse
Wallaby with Duck
Sneakers
Rushing Rivulets
Santa Ready for Takeoff
Home Crafts—Hanging Christmas Tree Ball Ornament
pattern by Deb Hall-Moffett
Melinda
Any Other Needlework —Beadwork (no jewelry)
pattern by Angela
Wallaby with Duck
Hand Knitting—Child’s Garment
a free applique pattern
Sneakers
Hand Knitting—Accessories for Home
Rushing Rivulets Socks
Hand Knitting—Accessories
pattern by Cat Bordhi
2011 Winners!
Santa Takes Flight ornament
Vegetables in a Basket
Beaded Bag in grey and pink
Topsy-Turvey Doll
Map of Massachusetts in cross stitch
Santa Takes Flight
Home Crafts—Hanging Christmas Tree Ball Ornament
pattern by Deb Hall-Moffett
Vegetables in a Basket
Hand Knitting—Accessories for Home
free basket pattern
Knitted beaded purse in pink and grey
Any Other Needlework —Beadwork (no jewelry)
pattern by Barb Pratt
Topsy-Turvey Doll
Toy, Animal or Doll—Stuffed Animal or Toy (over 6")
a free pattern
Massachusetts in Cross Stitch
Any Other Needlework on Fabric—All Other Designs from a commerical source
2010 Winners!
Peyote Christmas Tree
Beaded Victorian Bag
Christmas Tree Postcard
New York Yankees Afghan
Boston B Pillow
Peyote Beaded Ornaments Christmas Tree
Home Crafts—Holiday decoration suitable for over/on mantle or door
Thank you
Beaded Victorian Bag
Any Other Needlework—Beadwork
pattern (Sheila) by Barb Pratt

Christmas Tree Postcard
Home Crafts —Hanging Christmas tree decorations other than ball ornaments
My original pattern and free download
New York Yankees Afghan
Hand Knitting—Afghan, any size
My original pattern and free download
Boston B Pillow
Hand Knitting—Accessories for Home
My original pattern and free download
2009 Winners!
Political Pals
Oakland Raiders Afghan
Cats and Mice Afghan
Humpty Dumpty Sweater
Old Shale Socks
Political Pals
Hand Knitting—Accessories for the Home
An original pattern and a free download.
Oakland Raiders Afghan
Hand Knitting—Afghans
An original pattern and a free download.
Cats and Mice Afghan
Crocheting—Afghans
Bottom half, Panel
a free pattern
Humpty Dumpty Sweater Hand Knitting—Child’s Garment
pattern by Val Love
Old Shale Socks
Hand Knitting—Accessories
A free download
2008 Winners!
Goin' to the Chapel Pillow
Santa Claus
Penguin Sweater
Mock Cable Socks
Woodland Afghan
Goin' to the Chapel Pillow
Hand Knitting—Accessories for the Home
from Joni Coniglio’s Great American Aran Afghan
Beaded Santa
Home Crafts—Hanging Christmas Ornament other than ball ornament
Girl’s Penguin Sweater
Hand Knitting—Child’s garment
pattern by Plymouth Yarn Design Studio, “Paul and Paula Penguin Sweater”
Koolaid-dyed Mock Cable Socks
Hand Knitting—Accessories
a free pattern
Woodland Afghan
Hand Knitting—Afghans
Panels: Bird, Deer, Partridge, Rabbit, Squirrel, Tree
from Nicky Epstein’s Cover Up
2007 Winners!
Winter Scene
Black Rose
Gingerbread Castles
Ornaments Take Wing
Illusion Rug
Country Scene
Beadwork (no jewelry)
Black Rose
Hand Knitting—Accessories
Gingerbread Castles
Hand Knitting—Afghans, any size
Pattern from A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns, Barbara G. Walker
Ornaments Take Wing
Home Crafts—Holiday Decorations
Pattern by Deb Hall-Moffett
Illusion Rug
Crocheting—Accessories for the Home
My original pattern
2006 Winners!
Fair Isle Knitting Bag
Counterpane Afghan
Terre's Surprise
Beaded Wine Bottle Cover
Snowman Christmas Stocking
Fair Isle Knitting Bag
Hand Knitting—Accessories for the Home
Counterpane Afghan
Hand Knitting—Afghans, any size
from Nicky Epstein’s Knitting for the Home
Terre’s Surprise
Hand Knitting—Accessories
from Theresa Williams’ Bead Knitted Pendant Bags
Beaded Wine Bottle Cover
Beadwork—no jewelry
This was not accepted. The reason given was: “Not enough interest.”
2005 Winners!
Checkers Set
Black and White Jabot
Moose Christmas Stocking
Circular Shawl
Pineapple Afghan
Checkers and Backgammon Set
Hand Knitting—Accessories for the Home
My own pattern and I never wrote it down!
Black and White Jabot
Any Other Needlework—
Beadwork (no jewelry)
free pattern available
Moose Christmas Stocking
Home Crafts—Holiday decoration suitable for over/on mantle or door
Circular Shawl
Hand Knitting—Accessories
From Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Knitter’s Almanac
Pineapple Afghan
Hand Knitting—Afghan, any size
free pattern available
2004 Winners!
Little Pendant Bag
Wine Bottle Cover and Charms
Little Miss Liberty Purse
Monogrammed Pillow
Pat and Gene afghan
Little Pendant Bag
Beadwork—Strung
(fair personnel chose this category)
a free pattern
Wine Bottle Cover and Charms
Beadwork—no jewelry
Miss Liberty Purse
Hand Knitting—Accessories
pattern by Barb Pratt
Flower Pillow
Hand Knitting—Accessories for the Home
In the pop-up image, the pillow on the right won 4th place.
from Nicky Epstein’s Knitting for the Home
 
2003 Winners!
 
Beaded Purse
American Flag Necklace and Earrings

Field of Flowers Afghan
Beaded Ornament
 
Beaded Purse
Hand Knitting—Accessories
from Jane Davis’ The Complete Guide to Beading Techniques

American Flag Necklace and Earrings
Jewelry—Beadwork (strung)
My own design

Field of Flowers
Crocheting—Afghan, circles or squares (no granny or ripple)
Beaded Christmas Ornament
Home Crafts—Hanging Christmas Tree Ball Ornament
2002 Winners!
 
Small Blue Beaded Purse
Pink and White Ornament
Christmas Ornament
 
 
Small Blue Beaded Purse
Hand Knitting—Accessories
from Theresa Williams’ Bead Knitted Pendant Bags
Pink and White Ornament
Beadwork—no jewelry
Christmas Ornament
Home Crafts—Hanging Christmas Tree Ball Ornament
 
2001 Winner!
   
Red and Black
   
   
My first entry into the competition!
from Theresa Williams’ Bead Knitted Pendant Bags