The Longest Thread
The Longest Thread is a competition that began in 1986 and has since grown into a fierce contest. Entrants from around the world vie to spin and ply the longest thread of raw sheep's wool possible.
Growing interest in breeding and spinning of Alpaca fibre prompted the introduction of an Alpaca Category to the Competition in the year 2015.
The spinning of a thread is conducive to friendship and greater understanding, while amiable rivalry serves to improve length and quality.
The 2019 Longest Thread Competition is sponsored by
Ashford Wheels and Looms, New Zealand
Hansen Crafts LLC, USA
Australian Alpaca Association
The Ward Family
Categories are defined by the fibre used, these being either Sheep Wool or Alpaca
Sections are defined by the devices used to spin the thread and by age group. Great wheels and Charkhas are considered spinning wheels rather than spindles, as they have a drive band.
Sheep Wool or Alpaca
A. Spinning wheel: The longest thread of washed, raw fleece, hand spun on a spinning wheel and plied into a 2-ply thread with the finished thread weighing no less than 10grams (0.035ounces).
B. Spindle: The longest thread of washed, raw fleece, spun on a hand-propelled spindle and plied into a 2-ply thread with the finished thread weighing no less than 10grams (0.035ounces).
C. E-spinner: The longest thread of washed raw fleece, hand spun on an electric or electronic spinning wheel and plied into a 2-ply thread with the finished thread weighing no less than 10grams (0.035ounces)
D. Youth (11-16 years): The longest thread of washed raw fleece, hand spun on any device and plied into a 2-ply thread with the finished thread weighing no less than 10grams (0.035ounces)
E. Child (10 years and under): The longest thread of washed raw fleece, hand spun on any device and plied into a 2-ply thread with the finished thread weighing no less than 10grams (0.035ounces)
NOTE: Age is defined by age in years rounded down on the day entries close.
Individual entries in any one of the above categories or sections may be nominated to be a part of a group entry representing a local group or guild. The name of the group, the group co-ordinator and the total member entries must be included on the Entry Form.
Sections A, B & C: AU$20.00 per entry
Sections D & E: Free of charge
Category: Sheep Wool
Section: A (Wheel)
Ashford Wheels and Looms ESP3 Electric Spinning Wheel valued at $809.00
1st: Julitha Barber
2nd: Amanda Hannaford
3rd: Ali Keywood
Section: B (Spindle)
Janet Ward Memorial Trophy
Sponsored by the Ward Family
1st: Sue Brady
2nd: Lyndy Boshler
3rd: Josefin Waltin
Section: C (E-spinner)
Hansen Crafts LLC Electric Mini Spinner Pro Spinning Wheel valued at US $1450.00
1st: Susan Percival
2nd: Kaye Cooper
3rd: Ali Keywood
Section: D & E (Youth, Child)
Encouragement Award & Certificate
Sponsored by the BIHSIFF Committee
Section: A, B & C
AU$100.00 cash prize in each section
Sponsored by the Australian Alpaca Association
Section A (Wheel):
1st: Maria Johansson
2nd: Julitha Barber
3rd: Helen Scott
Section B (Spindle):
1st: Lena Ekelund
Section C (E-spinner):
1st: Ali Keywood
2nd: Annette S Anderson
Close of Entries
Entries for the Longest Thread Competition 2019 must be received by October 31, 2018. Late entries will not be admitted, so please allow sufficient time for postage.
How to enter
You will need to complete an Entry Form and pay the Entry Fee to enter the competition. Please select from the items listed in the Register. You may add several items to your order and check out in a single transaction.
You will be asked to enter your details to register. On completion, you will be sent a link to download a pdf file for printing.
For payment using PayPal or credit card, you can complete the transaction online. If you prefer to send a cheque with your entry, or deposit funds to our bank account, then select the 'offline payment' option.