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August 1, 2, 3, 2014 at the Lake County Fairgrounds, Grayslake, IL


enter the work of your hands!

all of you who design and create your own work are invited to enter our Garment Extravaganza!


  • Enter BEFORE end of business on July 1, 2014 (entry form below)
  • download the artist prospectus for complete information on deadlines, deliver, pick up, etc.
  • Be sure to come watch the Runway Presentation at the Fair on Saturday, August 2 at 2pm - entry to the Runway Presentation is FREE with admission to the Fair (no separate charge)
  • SALE after the Runway Presentation - approx 3pm-6pm. Not all garments will be for sale.
  • AWARDS: Best of Show $200;Most Creative Use of Materials $100;Best Use of Color $100
  • Photos of entries: We need high resolution (300 dpi) photos sent as *attachments* to emails, not embedded (inserted into) emails. Embedded photos can lose resolution/clarity and color. Please see the prospectus for photographic naming convention (how to name your files) and for email addresses. Thank you!

to enter:

  1. download the artist prospectus and review
  2. complete our entry form:
  3. The entry form will only work if opened with Acrobat Reader 8 or higher. To download the latest version of Acrobat Reader for free, or to update older versions of Acrobat Reader click here.
    Note: Those using Chrome will want to say "YES!" when it asks if you want to open with Adobe Reader (at the top of the page, when it first loads).
  4. Complete the form - just start typing and tab to the next field. You must enter your contact information and at least one entry. You must check the buttons on page 2. Note, if you "Disagree" to either, your Entry will be invalid.
  5. To be safe, print a copy of the completed form before you save or submit. We think we've tested all issues but there is always something...To print, use the bluePrint button at the bottom of page 2 of the form.
  6. To Save, complete the Entry Form and then click on the "Save" icon at the top of the page or click "File" then select "Save" or "Save As", or click the "Save" button (red) at the bottom of the page.
  7. To Submit - use the green Submit button at the bottom of the form, or the submit button in the purple bar at the top of the form, last. You will be asked what email program you use: 
    ~ If you use a desktop email program such as Outlook or Thunderbird, it will automatically create an email and attach the entry and put it in your outbox. It will not send until the next time you send mail. You may want to turn on Read Receipt to get a confirmation that your email was received (recommended) - you will not receive a confirmation from us directly. Open the email (before it is sent), select "Options" in the toolbar, and select "Request a Read Receipt" or "Read Receipt".  
    ~If you use web mail such as hotmail, gmail, etc, you will have to create the email yourself and ATTACH the saved Entry form to it. Again, we suggest you request a Read Receipt - please see your help files for those programs to learn how to do that. All emailed forms should be sent to: with the subject, "GARMENT ENTRY".
  8. pay entry fees:

1 garment, $10

3 garments, $25

Select Number of Entries:
  (for your convenience, and ours, we prefer online payment)

the committee

The Garment Extravaganza is run by our GE Committee who bring a wealth of experience to the Fair. Members are:

Judy Chan Judy Chan has been teaching knitting, writing patterns and selling finished garments since the early 90s.  After learning how to knit from her mother as a child, she honed her skills by taking technique classes taught by instructors from all over the world.

Laurie Kosky: Laurie has loved working with clothing since her very first job in high school. She has been involved with fashion shows for most of her life, beginning with participation on the fashion board and commentator in high school and later managing a clothing store in Evanston. After marriage and raising children, Laurie acquired an antique clothes collection and did antique fashion shows in Winnetka. In 1980 she chaired the Midwest Weaver’s Convention for five hundred weavers at Lake Forest College, and was commentator of the Fashion Show finale. In 1988 Laurie chaired an International Convention of two thousand weavers at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago. She hired and worked with professional commentators, dancers, musicians, and decorators to create the grand finale Fashion Show. From 2000 to 2010 Laurie was the chairwoman of the Fashion Shows presented during the show “The Fine Art of Fiber”, held at the Chicago Botanic Gardens every November by the Weavers guild of the North Shore, Illinois Quilters, and North Suburban Needle Arts Guild.  Laurie finds it very satisfying to work with artistic people.

Dorothy Kroll: Dorothy Kroll is a Chicago based apparel and textile designer. She has a Fine Arts Degree majoring in Dress Design from the Art Institute & University of Chicago. She first garnered industry recognition with a Fashion Group Award while still a student. She has exhibited works in the New Dimensions in Fiber Exhibit, The National Standards Show, Paducah Quilt Show and the AQS Hobbs Fibers Fashion Show. Professionally, Dorothy has worked in a broad range of textile and apparel related positions.

Kay Lange Kay Lange began creating with fibers as a child. Beginning with 4H sewing and continuing through knitting, weaving and various related techniques her interest has evolved. Today her focus is on creating one of a kind garments that contain more than one fiber skill and that are not only pleasing to the eye but also technically well designed and executed. With a keen interest in fashion, Kay especially likes to design for the runway and feels that the hats and headpieces that she adds to each garment complete the ensemble. Kay has been involved with the production of many runway shows in the Chicago area for twenty five years and has had her work in National Shows all over the country. In addition, she has done commentary for runways, modeled in shows and enjoys judging the work of the many talented fiber artists in Illinois and Wisconsin. She cannot remember a time that she was not interested in fashion and her moto has (somewhat jokingly) become, "it's all about the outfit". 

Carolyn Seng Carolyn Seng, has been a lifelong student of art both in and out of school. She learned knitting, sewing, crochet and other needlework from mother and grandmother, learned to weave and spin in 1974. She owned Serendipity Shop, teaching and providing supplies for the textile arts for 20 years. Carolyn has assisted to produce the Fine Art of Fiber Fashion Show for many years and is looking forward to helping with the MFFAF Garment Extravaganza.



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"Thank you for your vision and hard work to create such a wonderful and inspiring venue of the Midwest Fiber and Folk Art Fair."    email from teacher


Some highlights from 2013:

Best of Show:

Cynthia Boudreau
"Forest Trail Jacket"

Most Creative Use of Materials:

Jan Macklin
"Tree of Dreams"

Best Use of Color:

Peter McMasters
"Study of Greens on Black Scarf"

On the Runway 2013:

Nancy Holme
"Lounging Longies"

Liz Tekus
"Sandy's Coat Blanco

FacesPaula Grill
"Faces of Eve"

Tammy Duensing
"Aqua Étoile"

Special thanks to:

Weavers Guild