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I loved hosting this event, the entries were amazing. The skill and quality (and variety!) blew me away.

But, I know there are things I could do better if I host this type of event in future.

Any suggestions??

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As was pointed out in the event thread, I think that familiars for all is the only sensible solution. If only I could persuade my employers to allow me to be sensible... *sigh*
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*Maybe have it as an all year long event(but the again...)

*More variaty of prizes maybe.

I had a great idea in mind, but I forgot it. <.<

/e trys to remember... (I'll post it here if I do)
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I think I would suggest lengthening the entry period, maybe to 6 weeks instead of 4. Making all those stitches takes a LOT of time.

It was fine this time around; I considered time management and planning a project that could be completed in the given time to be a part of the event. But I sure would have loved to be able to make a more detailed entry, and use finer stitches (which I knew I couldn't do if I wanted to actually finish). Maybe next time...

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Time was a massive issue for me as well. I'd love to see it run again with a different theme.
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I would definately love to see this run again. I didnt see anything I would consider glaring issues.

Three suggestions I have for if you do run it again:

1. Longer deadline

2. Open up the size requirement to allow bigger pictures.

3. Possibly do a pre-post on the event to allow a bit of extra time for people to get some of their supplies. Include enough information for people to have a general idea on what supplies they will need but not enough that they could actually start. The 'coming up with an idea, drawing it out, getting supplies' part could easily take a week on its own.

Edit: Actually, on second thought, I do have one way I think it should be changed - I wouldnt allow people to glue down their string - its much faster, easier, and against the original spirit of the event.
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3. Possibly do a pre-post on the event to allow a bit of extra time for people to get some of their supplies. Include enough information for people to have a general idea on what supplies they will need but not enough that they could actually start. The 'coming up with an idea, drawing it out, getting supplies' part could easily take a week on its own.

Yes. This would be the biggest reason I didn't participate. I had mind block on what to do and didn't get a sketch done before I would have had enough time to stitch. (And gathering of supplies as well.)
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One reason I allowed gluing was that I was concerned that making it sew-only would severely limit the # of participants, which in turn would prevent the awarding of a familiar. I believe that only 2 or 3 entries out of the 34 actually used gluing (2 were entirely glued, and 1 used gluing and stitching, IIRC).

I definitely think increasing the time is a good idea, but I was concerned that people would forget or delay if given 6 weeks, and ultimately not be able to finish a project in time.

Thanks for your suggestions, please keep them coming!

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There was one instruction I would've deleted - the reference to "--final product looks similar to a traditional "woolly" as per the examples given, regarding both content and texture." suggested to me that replication of historical type woollies, which were quite 'serious' I guess I would say - was a desired contest goal, but from the prize-winning entries I'm not sure that came out in the end.
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There was one instruction I would've deleted - the reference to "--final product looks similar to a "woolly" as per the examples given, regarding both content and texture." suggested to me that replication of historical type woollies, which were quite 'serious' I guess I would say - was a desired contest goal, but from the prize-winning entries I'm not sure that came out in the end.


Agreed, I was a little shocked when I saw the winning woolly, don't get me wrong it was amazing but I thought 2nd should have won because it was much closer to a true woolly. Looking back I must have not read the rules right,
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Agreed, I was a little shocked when I saw the winning woolly, don't get me wrong it was amazing but I thought 2nd should have won because it was much closer to a true woolly. Looking back I must have not read the rules right,

The "traditional woolly" and the "variety of stitches" criteria might have been a bit at odds. It just gave me the impression that the judges could choose on either at the end, rather than the contestants having to try to do both.

For the next event everyone will be able to see the woollies that were made this time. I think that will help people design, find materials and plan their time better.
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One thing I would like changed is the size requirement. I don't think the minimum dimensions matter as much as the minimum area matters. Why should an 8x8 inch (64 sq. in.) entry be valid, while a 7x9.25 inch (64.75 sq. in.) entry be disqualified?

Edit: This also applies to shapes...a 64 sq. in. circle, trapezoid, rhombus, etc should also be acceptable even thought they wouldn't necessarily fit the 8x8 dimensions.
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There was one instruction I would've deleted - the reference to "--final product looks similar to a traditional "woolly" as per the examples given, regarding both content and texture." suggested to me that replication of historical type woollies, which were quite 'serious' I guess I would say - was a desired contest goal, but from the prize-winning entries I'm not sure that came out in the end.



I was also very shocked by this. While great work, I thought many of the entires would be disqualified as they looked nothing like a traditional woolly.
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There was one instruction I would've deleted - the reference to "--final product looks similar to a traditional "woolly" as per the examples given, regarding both content and texture." suggested to me that replication of historical type woollies, which were quite 'serious' I guess I would say - was a desired contest goal, but from the prize-winning entries I'm not sure that came out in the end.



I was also very shocked by this. While great work, I thought many of the entires would be disqualified as they looked nothing like a traditional woolly.


In retrospect I have to agree with this.
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I wasn't able to participate in the event the first time due to real life. So, I just did a woolie for GH'08. The 6 week time frame there was perfect. I don't think I would have been able to finish in 4 weeks, although I did do a fairly large entry.
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