Calling Artists of all Ages…

Congratulations to our 2018 Cover Artwork Winner
Katelyn Mumford!

Katelyn's art will be used on our catalog cover and 2018 t-shirts and totes - look for them at the Info tent at the Festival. Also meet the artist and see more of her artwork in a display at the info tent.  Katelyn is a self-taught fiber artist who primarily creates lifelike needle-felted animal portraits using wool and alpaca fiber. She especially loves to portray animals with innocent, endearing expressions such as dogs, sheep, and cattle as well as scenes from farm life.The daughter of an artist, Katelyn has been creative all her life, and taught herself to needle-felt at the age of twelve. Katelyn has been making custom pet portraits for the last five years under the business name of Fancifelt. Katelyn is new to Virginia and is looking forward to exploring it further. She hopes to begin teaching classes to share the joy of needle-felting with others. She resides in the upper Shenandoah Valley surrounded by farmland with her family and many pets, including three alpacas.

The FFF Committee also congratulates our 2018 Runners-Up!

Lauri Waterfield Callison, a self-taught artist, was a textile designer for over 20 years. A fly fishing guide and former captain of the Remington Girls shotgun team, Lauri and her husband Phil love to fish, hunt, and explore the outdoors from their home in the woods in the Blue Ridge foothills in Martinsville, VA. To see more of Lauri's work, visit her website at, or her Etsy shop.


Olivia Hudson lives in Virginia Beach, VA and has just finished her first year in college. Olivia has been drawing for several years in school art classes and in her spare time outside the classroom. She learned to knit when in elementary school, and says "my Mom and I knit on Monday nights with an awesome group of women who encouraged me to submit my artwork."

The Festival Committee will soon be seeking artwork to be considered for the cover of the 2019 Festival catalog, as well as various promotional items.
The winning entry will receive a prize of $500 and the artist will have their bio and photograph featured in the 2019 Festival Catalog!
The winning selection will be chosen by the Festival Committee, and winners will be announced and all submissions will be showcased at the Festival. In previous years, we have had a tremendous turn-out with a great showing of wonderful talent!

The Deadline for artwork submissions will be midnight May 31, 2019.
Download the full rules and information, and the entry form here:
2019 FFF Art Contest Letter

Rules and Information:
1. Art should be greyscale or black and white (preferably pen and ink).
2. Art must be no larger than 8”x11”.
3. Art must reflect the theme of the festival by including one or all of the following: Fiber animals (sheep, goats, alpacas, rabbits, llamas, etc), working border collies, fiber tools (spinning wheels, weaving looms, knitting needles, etc), or items made of fiber (sweaters, blankets, mittens, etc).
4. Please do NOT include text in your design.
5. Winning artwork will become property of the Fall Fiber Festival & Sheep Dog Trials, Inc.

For more information, please contact Connie Deatherage and Connie Delamater, FFF Artwork Competition Coordinators at

We thank you for your interest in the art competition and look forward to seeing you at the Festival in October!