Christine here: I said I would post the winners of the Pennsylvania Farm Show in the Braided Rug category and here they are! It is just so great that all three winners are members of the Valley Forge Rug Braiding Guild. After I present the first three, stay tuned: Carolyn Newcomer also won in the tote bag category!
First Place went to Eileen Colligan for this pinwheel rug:
Look at how beautiful this rug turned out. All of the swirl sections are nicely proportioned, and I like the way the dark is speckled due to the plaid. Congratulations, Eileen!
Second Place went to me, Christine Manges, for my “Whilrlygig” mulitstrand rug… (at least, I think that was the one that won 2nd: I haven’t been to the show yet, and I dropped off two rugs at Carolyn’s to put in the show, so I think she entered this one into the braided rug category…)
I made this rug with two 4-strands, then two 6-strands, then two 8-strands. Were I to do it over again (which I will NOT) I would make it only out of the dark red and pale beige and not have any of the maroon and camel to confuse the pattern. But, I’m happy with it overall: it has the vertigo effect that I wanted!
Third place was won by Carolyn Newcomer for her Zig Zag Strip Rug. My only photo is from when she won first place with this rug in the Elizabethtown Fair; she also entered this rug into the state-wide show and won Third. Congratulations, Carolyn!
Then, Carolyn Newcomer won a first in the Tote Bag category with her zigzag tote bag: see photo below.
I think it is just great that the Valley Forge Braiders swept the state on prizes!!!