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Needle and Thread Division

All categories are for FEMALE contestants only. Contestants must make girls/ladies garments. No childrens garments are permitted, except in crochet and knitting. Contestants are allowed to submit one entry per category and must not receive help on their projects other than instructions.

All fashions must meet A.C.E. dress requirements. Do not submit miniskirts, slacks, pantsuits, shorts, bathing suits, sleepwear, or garments with low necklines. Slits in skirts/dresses must meet the A.C.E. dress standardslit no higher than the bottom of the knee. These rules also apply to the subjects used in

Needlework entries. Thin or "see-through" fabrics must be fully lined WITH OPAQUE MATERIAL; LACE MATERIAL IS SEE-THROUGH.

No Needle/Thread entry should attempt to portray the face or image of Christ.

Please note: Latch-hook is not allowed. Projects must be completely finished to be eligible.

The contestant is encouraged to be creative and vary from the pattern. If this is done, the

differences should be explained on the Needle/Thread Report (CF49). Points are given for

originality.

ALL NEEDLE/THREAD ENTRIES MUST HAVE BEEN STARTED AFTER THE

TERMINATION OF THE PREVIOUS INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION. Exception:

Quilts see Quilts under NEEDLEWORK for more information.

Checklist for Needle and Thread:

1. Pattern (only those pieces used).

2. Needle/Thread Report (CF49).

3. Judge's FormsThree (3) copies with name, school, customer number, address, and entry

(FOR REGIONAL CONVENTION ONLY).

4. A 3" x 5" card MUST be attached to each piece of the entry with the following information:

print or type the student's name, school name, customer number, school address, city,

state/province, ZIP/Postal Code, and category entered.

5. Plastic bag to hold pattern, Needle/Thread Report, and Judge's Forms. (JUDGE'S FORMS

FOR REGIONAL CONVENTION ONLY.) Attach bag to hanger of garments. Attach with

safety pin to Needlework entry, or secure to back of frame as applicable.

6. A COLOR PHOTOGRAPH OF GARMENT BEING MODELED. (This does not apply to

Needlecraft items such as sweaters.)

Note to Sponsor: Be sure the contestant enters her project in the correct category. Review the

Judge's Forms to see where points are given and make sure that the entry includes each point.

Seam finishes are judged according to the work involved as well as neatness. Christian

appearance is a must in all entries.

GARMENTS

1. CoordinatesTwo pieces only. Select one of the combinations: skirt and blouse; jumper

and blouse; two-piece dress; or culottes and blouse. Use appropriate fabric for

coordinates.

2. Dresseschurch dresses, casual dresses, tailored dresses one piece only, materials used must

meet A.C.E. guidelines.

3. Formalsfull-length (to the shoe top) dress or fancy blouse and skirt combination. No

uneven hems. The hems may be altered after competition to tea length or uneven hems if

the student prefers those styles. (Materials used must be A.C.E. guidelines.)

4. Coats/Suitsraincoats and overcoats must be three-fourths (3/4) or dress length (NO

JACKETS) and fully lined. The three-fourth length coat is to be just below the fingertips

when the arms are held straight down at the sides. Suits (2 piece minimum) should meet

A.C.E. dress requirements and be fully lined. A portion of the lining on all garments in this

category must be left open for judging.

NO SERGED SEAMS on garments. There is no way to judge a serged seam against a

hand/machine finished seam. NOTE: Serging may be used to finish a seam, as you would use a

zig-zag stitch. See Hints from the Needle/Thread Judges.

COORDINATES/DRESSES/FORMALS JUDGING CRITERIA

Areas of Evaluation

POSSIBLE POINTS

Meets A.C.E. guidelines appearanceLength, cut, modesty (1-10)

Pattern and photograph submitted (1-5)

CreativityPattern changes, color changes, originality (1-10)

Overall beautyCoordination of colors and accessories (such as buttons

and bows), matching of plaids, etc. (1-10)

StitchingMachine and hand (1-15)

Seam finish (1-10)

Zipper, buttonholes, or fastenings (1-10)

Sleeve set and detail (1-10)

Collar/neckline detail (1-5)

Hem detail (1-10)

Proper documentation submitted (1-5)

TOTAL POINTS (100)

COATS/SUITS JUDGING CRITERIA

Areas of Evaluation

POSSIBLE POINTS

Pattern and photograph submitted (1-5)

CreativityPattern changes, color changes, originality (1-10)

Overall beautyCoordination of colors and accessories (such as buttons

and bows), matching of plaids, etc. (1-10)

StitchingMachine and hand (1-15)

Seam finish (1-10)

Buttonholes, zippers, or fastenings (1-10)

Sleeve set and detail (1-10)

Collar/neckline detail (1-10)

Hem detail (1-5)

Lining and interfacing (1-10)

Proper documentation submitted (1-5)

TOTAL POINTS (100)

NEEDLECRAFT

1. Counted Cross-StitchNo stamped cross-stitch will be accepted. Pictures must be

framed without glass. The back of all work must be accessible for judging. Example:

tablecloths, place mats, pictures, samplers.

2. EmbroideryDecorating fabric with embroidery floss or thread. The back of all work

must be accessible for judging. Pictures must be framed without glass. No counted crossstitch,

see "Counted Cross-Stitch" category. "Punch and sew" embroidery will not be

accepted. Only regular "needle and thread" embroidery will be judged. Examples:

scarves, pillowcases, tablecloths, hand towels, borders for skirts, pillows, pictures,

samplers.

3. CrochetExamples: baby afghans (no dimension smaller than 36 inches and no

dimension larger than 48 inches), shawls, tablecloths, bedspreads, dresses, sweaters, baby

garment sets (sweater, cap, mittens, or booties).

4. KnittingMachine knitting not allowed. Examples: baby afghans (no dimension

smaller than 36 inches and no dimension larger than 48 inches), shawls, tablecloths,

bedspreads, dresses, sweaters, baby garment sets (sweater, cap, mittens, or booties).

5. Afghans Afghans may be either crocheted or knitted. No baby afghans in this category.

Minimum size is 50" x 70"

6. QuiltsMay be machine or hand constructed. (Hand constructed quilts will receive

higher points.) Minimum size is 50" x 70". Quilts must have been started and completed

within fifteen months of Regional Convention and must not have been entered in any

other contest. See Hints from the Needle/Thread Judges.

COUNTED CROSS-STITCH AND EMBROIDERY

JUDGING CRITERIA

Areas of Evaluation

POSSIBLE POINTS

Pattern submitted (1-5)

CreativityPattern changes, color changes, originality (1-20)

Overall beauty (1-15)

TechniqueDifficulty of pattern, fabric count (1-15)

Uniformity of stitches (1-20)

FinishingThread ends secured, preferably no knots (1-10)

Blocking (1-10)

Proper documentation submitted (1-5)

TOTAL POINTS (100)

CROCHET, KNITTING, AND AFGHANS

JUDGING CRITERIA

Areas of Evaluation

POSSIBLE POINTS

Pattern submitted (1-5)

CreativityPattern changes, color changes, originality (1-20)

Overall beauty (1-10)

TechniqueDifficulty of stitches, variety of stitches (1-15)

Uniformity of stitches (1-15)

Gauge (1-10)

FinishingThread ends secured, preferably no knots (1-10)

Blocking (1-10)

Proper documentation submitted (1-5)

TOTAL POINTS (100)

QUILTS JUDGING CRITERIA

Areas of Evaluation

POSSIBLE POINTS

Pattern submitted (1-5)

CreativityPattern changes, color changes, originality (1-15)

Overall beauty (1-15)

Quilt top (1-20)

Quilting stitchesUniformity, size, hand or machinestitching

goes through all layers of quilt (1-20)

SizeMeets Convention guidelines (1-10)

Finishing for presentation (1-10)

Proper documentation submitted (1-5)

TOTAL POINTS (100)

HINTS FROM THE NEEDLE/THREAD JUDGES

The qualities the judges look for are originality and careful attention to details. High points are

given for neatness, cleanliness, uniformity, and precision (finishing for presentation).

GARMENTS: Be creative. Fit your pattern to meet your body shape and size, and the color

should be appropriate for your personal color palette. It is very important to be modest. Pay

close attention to where seams, buttons, decorations, necklines, and hemlines are positioned.

Use the right size and type needle for your chosen material. Remove all gathering and staystitching.

Grade all seams and top stitch facings. Blind hemstitch all hems, hiding as much of

the stitching as possible. Attach hooks and eyes as smoothly as possible (no bulky stitches).

Smooth sewing adds points in two areas, Hand Stitching and Overall Beauty. Finish seams,

even those under your lining. (A portion of the lining must be left open for judging).

Higher points will be received for the more difficult seam finishes. A proper seam finish should

be used according to the type of material. Wools are usually bound, crepes need French seams.

Zigzag and pinked seam finishes are the easiest and will receive the least points. Serging is only

allowed for finishing. Pressing as you sew is very important. Even though a garment is slightly

wrinkled en route to the Convention, the correct pressing of each part as it is assembled will be

evident to the judges. Bound buttonholes, where appropriate, will receive higher points than

machine buttonholes. Cover all shoulder pads. Try to stay away from key hole openings.

Replace them with buttons and buttonholes or a zipper. Choose appropriate fabric and pattern

for the category.

NEEDLEWORK: It is best not to have any knots or loose ends. When working with an even

number of threads, you may cut your thread twice the length needed, fold in half, thread loose

ends through eye of needle, bring needle up from back side of fabric, go down and catch loop

end of thread with needle. Now you have started your work without knots or loose ends. To tie

off without knots, simply hide ends in same color thread as previous stitches.

When framing your needlework picture, DO NOT PUT GLASS in the frame. The glass distorts

stitches and makes judging difficult.

QUILTS: Quilting stitches (the stitches that go through all layers of the quilt) are what the

judges are looking for. Tying is very easy, and cannot compare to actual quilting. Handquilting will receive higher points than machine-quilting.


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