Personal Skills – Needlework

Welcome to the Durham Fair Needlework Department. We invite you to visit us at the Needlework building near the center of the fairgrounds to view our beautiful exhibits and experience this fantastic fair tradition.

The Durham Fair Needlework Department exhibits knitting, crocheting, quilting, sewing, cross stitch, embroidery & other needlework crafts. With over 900 individual entries, these exhibits make up one of the largest display of needlework exhibits across country fairs nationally. We are proud of the talented crafters that exhibit their projects with us, and each year we look to expand participation with new and creative exhibitors, and even new categories. In addition to our exhibiting activities, we also hold an annual charity drive to support our community.

2017 Challenge Class

This year’s challenge class theme is “Sports”. This is an added category which allows our exhibitors to enter an additional item, as long as it ties in with the theme of the year.

2017 Community Service Projects

The Durham Fair Needlework department has received an Award of Distinction for Competitive Exhibits for this unique class. This recognition comes from the International Association of Fairs and Expositions (IAFE).

This year, the Durham Fair Needlework Department Community Service project will continue to support cancer patients, homeless, veterans, and children in crisis. Items in the following categories will be collected and donated to local charities.

  • Chemo caps
  • Prayer shawls
  • Lap blankets
  • Hats
  • Mittens
  • Scarves
  • Socks
  • Pillow cases
  • Knitted knockers (new for 2017)
    Knitted & crocheted prosthetics for cancer patients who have undergone a mastectomy. Make a knocker.

Please consider making an item to enter in this year’s fair, or get together with friends, church groups, or community organizations and donate them. We will be collecting them and displaying them at the fair. Although an exhibitor can enter only one item per category, participants in our drive can donate as many items as they want. Be sure to fill out a form to submit with each chemo cap donation.

› Community Service Project Form

Visit the Durham Fair Needlework Department's Ravelry and Twitter pages to find patterns for this year’s community service project.

Durham Fair Needlework on Ravelry Follow us on Twitter

After the Storm (new for 2017)
The winning art bra creation will have their entry in the 2018 Art Bra Runway Show where it will be auctioned to raise money for breast cancer survivors. In addition, the winner will receive a Budvase for the Durham Fair Art Bra Award 2017.

Find patterns & updates from the Needlework Department:

Needleworks Exhibits