Step 1:  Bead embroidery with three different methods in a single piece, using appropriate beads and embroidery techniques.

Step 2:  A provided design for an amulet bag using peyote stitch with emphasis on stitch techniques, color usage, and fringe techniques.

Step 3:  Square stitch and/or bead weaving on a loom used to create a wall hanging of specific dimensions. Beader must demonstrate stitch technique, increasing/decreasing, color/shading usage, and appropriate finishing.

Step 4:  An original design using Ndebele (herringbone) to create a dimensional work with size limitations. Flat and tubular Ndebele, plus increasing and decreasing, must be demonstrated.

Step 5:  An original dimensional piece using right-angle weave, with minimum size limitations. Appropriate use of materials and stitch techniques is emphasized.

Step 6: The final piece must demonstrate Master Craftsman ability in a piece of original design using at least three of the previous techniques. It should be three-dimensional, showing good color and stitch usage with appropriate bead and stitch techniques

Judging: May and November

Judging Criteria: Workmanship, selection of appropriate materials, mastery of beading techniques, color, and ability to follow directions.

 

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Step 1:  Choice of ten stitches used in one of three provided designs with a monochromatic color scheme.

Step 2:  Twenty one different stitches used in a provided design with an analogous color scheme.

Step 3:  An original design or one of the stitcher’s choice using four diaper patterns and worked in a split-complementary color scheme.

Step 4:  Eight Florentine patterns used in an original design or one of the stitcher’s choosing.

Step 5:  Two appliquésof one size canvas to another, one irregularly shaped, used in an original design or one of the stitcher’s choosing.

Step 6:  This piece must demonstrate Master Craftsman ability. It requires an original design incorporating a variety of threads, stitches, and techniques.

Judging:  May and November

Judging Criteria: Technique, canvas coverage, color, design, overall appearance, and ability to follow directions.

 

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Step 1:  Color symbolism: An essay on color symbolism in various cultures and two stitched pieces demonstrating traditional and nontraditional color harmony.

Step 2:  Value and intensity: An essay on value and intensity and two stitched examples using a common design and the same hues, thread types, and stitches, but different value keys.

Step 3: Contrast: An essay on different types of contrast, and a single stitched piece illustrating at least two types of contrast.

Step 4: Space: An essay describing how color can illustrate space, accompanied by a stitched piece to illustrate space.

Step 5:  Illusions: An essay on how five illusions (transparency, iridescence, luster, luminosity, and optical mixing) can be suggested by using color. One stitched piece representing optical mixing and another demonstrating one of the other illusions.

Step 6:  Unity: An essay on color unity and a stitched piece demonstrating mastery of color and its usage.

Judging: February and August

Judging Criteria: The Color for Needlework program differs from other Master Craftsman categories by its very nature. Rather than demonstrating knowledge of a specific needlework technique, the candidate uses the needlework medium to demonstrate knowledge of the color principle or principles being explored.

 

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Step 1:  An original design or an adaptation for a family or historical cross stitch embroidery.

Step 2:  An original design or an adaptation for an Assisi embroidery.

Step 3: An original, adapted or provided design for blackwork with specific stitch pattern requirements.

Step 4:  An original, adapted, or provided design for pulled thread embroidery with specific stitch requirements.

Step 5:  An original design or adaptation for a Hardanger embroidery, along with samples of finishing techniques.

Step 6:  An original design demonstrating Master Craftsman ability and incorporating a specified combination of counted thread techniques.

Judging: April and October

Judging Criteria: Workmanship, design and color, shading, and stitch selection.

 

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Step 1: A provided design with emphasis on basic skills in stitch execution and color usage.

Step 2:  A provided design with required and elective stitches and color choices based on research of eighteenth century New England crewel embroidery.

Step 3:  An original design, developed from specific motifs, to be worked on a patterned fabric in an analogous color scheme.

Step 4:  One of three provided designs, demonstrating skill in shading techniques.

Step 5:  An adaptation of a Jacobean or Elizabethan crewel design based on research into the period.

Step 6:  An original design, entirely in crewel wool, demonstrating mastery of stitching, color, and design.

Judging: April and October

Judging Criteria: Workmanship, selection of appropriate materials, color, and ability to follow directions.

 

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Step 1:  Rhythm and balance: a stitched piece created by developing a motif into repeat composition.

Step 2: Proportion and scale: a piece reflecting the principle that proportion equals the correct and perfect relationship of all parts within a whole.

Step 3:  Emphasis and harmony: a composition based on an historical or ethnic theme, with three different related stitch charts, one of which is stitched.

Step 4: Space, motion, and line: a stitched piece consisting of vertical or horizontal lines to demonstrate these themes.

Step 5: Form, shape, light, and texture: a composition based on object rubbings, with an accompanying stitched piece.

Step 6:  A composition demonstrating mastery of the principles and elements of design.

Judging: May and November

Judging Criteria: This program differs from other Master Craftsman categories by its very nature. Rather than demonstrating knowledge of a specified technique, candidates us their chosen needlework medium to demonstrate knowledge of design principles and elements.

 

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Step 1:  A traditional pattern is enlarged to a 17 inch block and a specified portion is quilted.

Step 2:  Construction of a quilted work, designed to hang and view upright. Reverse or shadow appliqué and specific curves are incorporated.

Step 3: A functional work, other than quilt, including cording and stuffing with specialty techniques such as strip piecing, crazy quilting, etc.

Step 4: Curved piecing and two or more of the provided geometric shapes, with borders and edge finishings.

Step 5: A mariner’s compass with a minimum of three points.

Step 6:  A completed small quilt with an original design, constructed with some or all of the techniques in the program and demonstrating Master Craftsman ability.

Judging: May and November

Judging Criteria: Pattern drafting, color, design, fabric selection, piecing, appliqué, quilting techniques, and finishing. The techniques in this program are to be executed primarily by hand, not machine.

 

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Step 1:  An embroidery using the provided, original, or adapted design, exhibiting expertise in the use of specific metal threads, plus metallic kid appliqué. The use of padding is optional.

Step 2: An embroidery using a provided design exhibiting expertise in the handling of silk and metal threads for both filling stitches/patterns, including the technique of or nue. The use of padding is optional.

Step 3:  An embroidery using the candidate’s original or adapted design exhibiting expertise in the use of silk threads applied to specific surface embroidery stitches, some over padding. This embroidery may be worked on a countable ground.

Step 4: An embroidery using an original or adapted design exhibiting expertise in the handling of Japanese metal or passing thread in a variety of specific techniques, some over padding.

Step 5:  An embroidery using one of three provided designs to exhibit expertise in the technique of soft shading, from a given light source, using only silk threads.

Step 6: A final embroidery which must demonstrate mastery of the various silk and metal threads exhibited in a variety of techniques, their proper applications, as well as skill in color and design to produce a coherent original design. Every aspect of this presentation will be judged.

Judging: May and October

Judging Criteria: Everything, including the selection of the fabric, threads, and stitches as to appropriateness for design. Also application technique, colors chosen, and design itself (if not provided), plus ability to follow instructions.

 

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