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Needle and Thread Division

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Needle and Thread Division

All categories are forFEMALEcontestants 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 standard - slit no higher than the bottom of the knee. These rules also apply to the subjects used inNeedleworkentries. 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-hookis not allowed. Projects must becompletelyfinished to be eligible.

The contestant is encouraged to be creative and vary from the pattern. If this is done, thedifferences should be explained on the Needle/Thread Report (CF49). Points are given fororiginality.

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 Forms - Three (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 FORMSFOR REGIONAL CONVENTION ONLY.) Attach bag to hanger of garments. Attach withsafety 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 theJudge'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.Christianappearance is a must in all entries.

GARMENTS

1.Coordinates - Two pieces only. Select one of the combinations: skirt and blouse; jumperand blouse; two-piece dress; or culottes and blouse.Use appropriate fabric forcoordinates.

2.Dresses - church dresses, casual dresses, tailored dresses one piece only, materials used mustmeet A.C.E. guidelines.

3.Formals - full-length (to the shoe top) dress or fancy blouse and skirt combination.Nouneven hems.The hems may be altered after competition to tea length or uneven hems ifthe student prefers those styles. (Materials used must be A.C.E. guidelines.)

4.Coats/Suits - raincoats and overcoats must be three-fourths (3/4) or dress length (NOJACKETS) and fully lined.The three-fourth length coat is to be just below the fingertipswhen the arms are held straight down at the sides. Suits (2 piece minimum) should meetA.C.E. dress requirements and befully lined. A portion of the lining on all garments in thiscategory must be left open for judging.

NO SERGED SEAMSon garments. There is no way to judge a serged seam against ahand/machine finished seam.NOTE:Serging may be used to finish a seam, as you would use azig-zag stitch. See Hints from the Needle/Thread Judges.

NEEDLECRAFT

1.Counted Cross-Stitch - No stampedcross-stitch will be accepted. Pictures must beframed without glass. The back of all work must be accessible for judging. Example:tablecloths, place mats, pictures, samplers.

2.Embroidery - Decorating fabric with embroidery floss or thread. The back of all workmust be accessible for judging. Pictures must be framed without glass. No counted crossstitch,see "Counted Cross-Stitch" category. "Punch and sew" embroidery will not beaccepted. Only regular "needle and thread" embroidery will be judged. Examples:scarves, pillowcases, tablecloths, hand towels, borders for skirts, pillows, pictures,samplers.

3.Crochet - Examples: baby afghans (no dimension smaller than 36 inches and nodimension larger than 48 inches), shawls, tablecloths, bedspreads, dresses, sweaters, babygarment sets (sweater, cap, mittens, or booties).

4.Knitting - Machine knitting not allowed. Examples: baby afghans (no dimensionsmaller 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.Quilts - May be machine or hand constructed. (Hand constructed quilts will receivehigher points.)Minimum size is 50" x 70".Quilts must have been started and completedwithin fifteen months of Regional Convention and must not have been entered in anyother contest. See Hints from the Needle/Thread Judges.

HINTS FROM THE NEEDLE/THREAD JUDGES

The qualities the judges look for are originality and careful attention to details. High points aregiven for neatness, cleanliness, uniformity, and precision (finishing for presentation).

GARMENTS: Be creative. Fit your pattern to meet your body shape and size, and the colorshould be appropriate for your personal color palette. It is very important to be modest. Payclose 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 shouldbe 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 onlyallowed for finishing.Pressing as you sew is very important. Even though a garment is slightlywrinkled en route to the Convention, the correct pressing of each part as it is assembled will beevident to the judges. Bound buttonholes, where appropriate, will receive higher points thanmachine 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 patternfor the category.

NEEDLEWORK:It is best not to have any knots or loose ends. When working with an evennumber of threads, you may cut your thread twice the length needed, fold in half, thread looseends through eye of needle, bring needle up from back side of fabric, go down and catch loopend of thread with needle. Now you have started your work without knots or loose ends. To tieoff 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 distortsstitches and makes judging difficult.

QUILTS:Quilting stitches (the stitches that go through all layers of the quilt) are what thejudges are looking for. Tying is very easy, and cannot compare to actual quilting. Handquilting will receive higher points than machine-quilting.

BEADWORK

GENERAL GUIDELINES

All categories are for female contestants only. Contestants must not receive help on their projects other than instructions. Use the Progress Control Form (CF9). Contestants are allowed to submit one entry per category.

No beadwork entry should attempt to portray the face or image of Christ or God.

Projects must be completely finished to be eligible.

The contestant is encouraged to be creative and to vary from the pattern. If this is done, the differences should be explained. Points are given for originality.

The contestant may use round/oval glass/plastic shiny/opaque beads of different sizes, pearls, fake gems, squared beads (rubka or steclyarus), crystals. Wooden beads are not recommended.

The beadwork must be done using threads, plastic string, or metallic wire of appropriate color and size.

For necklaces, earrings, clips and broaches the metal jewelry findings/fittings like hooks, pins, connecting rings, locks and etc. are used.

The contestant may use one of the following techniques (cross-beading, parallel beading, brick beading, double brick beading, circle or French beading, mosaic beading), or a combination of techniques. If so, it must be mentioned in Beadwork Report Form. No wrist or ankle bracelets are allowed.

Jewelry sets - two, three or four pieces. Select one of the combinations: necklace, earrings/ clips; necklace, headpiece; necklace, broach; necklace, earrings/ clips, headpiece; necklace, earrings/ clips, broach; necklace, earrings/ clips, headpiece, broach. The pieces must be interchangeable (of the same style, design and materials).

Decorative beading - decorating vases, chests, glasses with beads or making decorative vases with flowers, napkin rings (sets of 6 only), purses, kaboshons. Small bead faces and figures are not permitted.

Beaded eggs - decorating wooden eggs and stands for eggs with beads.

For judging criteria, see Beadwork Judges Form.

Check List for Beadwork:

1. Color pattern (only those pieces used).

2. Progress Control Form (CF9).

3. Needle/Thread Report (CF49).

4. Judges Forms Three (3) copies with name, school, customer number, address, and entry.

5. A 3x 5 card MUST be attached to each piece of the entry with the following information: print or type the students name, school name, customer number, school address, state, ZIP, and category entered.

6. Plastic bag to hold pattern, Progress Control Form, Beadwork Report, and Judges Forms. Place Progress Control Form on top so name and entry are visible at a glance.

7. A color photograph of the beadwork being worked out.

Note to Sponsor: Be sure the contestant enters his/her project in the correct category. Review the Judges Forms to see where points are given and make sure that the entry includes each point.

HINTS FROM THE BEADWORK JUDGES

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

Judges Form Coats Suits

Judges Form Coordinates Dresses Formals

Judges Form Counted Cross Stitch Embroidery

Judges Form Crochet Knitting Afghans

Judges Form Quits

Needle Thread Report

Beadwork - CF100