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.

Sponsors

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

Categories are defined by the fibre used, these being either Sheep Wool or Alpaca

Sections

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)

Sheep Wool

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.

Group Entries

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.

Entry Fees

Sections A, B & C: AU$20.00 per entry

Sections D & E: Free of charge

Prizes

Category: Sheep Wool

Section: A (Wheel)

Ashford Wheels and Looms ESP3 Electric Spinning Wheel valued at $809.00

Section: B (Spindle)

Janet Ward Memorial Trophy

Sponsored by the Ward Family

Section: C (E-spinner)

Hansen Crafts LLC Electric Mini Spinner Pro Spinning Wheel valued at US $1450.00

Section: D & E (Youth, Child)

Encouragement Award & Certificate

Sponsored by the BIHSIFF Committee

Category: Alpaca

Section: A, B & C

AU$100.00 cash prize in each section

Sponsored by the Australian Alpaca Association

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.