Weatherford resident Sharon Ryschon, 75, won first place in the crochet baby dress/ suit division of the needlework and sewing competition at the State Fair of Texas for a baby dress she made.
Ryschon moved to Texas from Colorado earlier this year, and though she had been part of a crochet club, she had never entered her work into a competition before.
“I was just totally amazed and shocked,” Ryschon said. “When they took the little dress in, other people were bringing their articles in to show, and there are some very creative people here in Texas, and I just thought, ‘Wow, this is going to be a tough competition.’”
Ryschon’s son Michael, who goes to the fair annually, had encouraged her to compete. Michael Ryschon said in previous years at the fair he would send his mother pictures of the entries that had won.
“She’s a very humble woman,” Sharon Ryschon’s daughter-in-law Carolyn Ryschon said. “She’s not one to ever toot her own horn.”
“So, that’s why I have to toot it for her,” Michael Ryschon said while Carolyn laughed.
Sharon Ryschon learned how to crochet as a teenager and picked it back up as an adult with her church friends in a club. The group would make creations for charity as well, such as crocheting hats and scarfs for the homeless or patriotic-colored afghans for veterans.
“I find crocheting relaxing,” Sharon Ryschon said. “To me, it’s a passion. It’s not just a hobby, I love doing it.”
Bill Ryschon, Sharon’s husband, said his wife has been there to help others with their crochet skills.
“She just has a unique way of getting next to people, and she can show them in a heartbeat,” Bill Ryschon said.
Sharon Ryschon, whose speciality is baby clothing items, also makes crocheted items for her family, like sweaters and blankets for her grandchildren, Michael Ryschon said.
In turn, Michael Ryschon said he will hand-off items to others to wear once his kids grow out of them.
“It was nice to see the legacy for my children to enjoy from their grandmother, and then for other people to take those things and really get some good use out of those as well,” Michael Ryschon said.
Sharon Ryschon will have some of her crocheted items on display at the North Side Baptist Church Craft Fair and Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.
To find more winners from the State Fair of Texas’ Arts and Crafts competitions, visit https://bigtex.com/get-involved/creative-arts-competitions/creative-arts-winners/creative-arts-winners-arts-crafts/