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Needle Craft (2020)

February 18, 2020

Needle Crafts (Craft)

State Fair Entries:

Putnam County policy is to send from the eligible exhibits, two entries from the needlecrafts (hand work).

General requirements:

  1. Comply with all the requirements listed at the beginning of this “4-H Exhibit Hall Project” section page 524and “Indiana and Putnam County 4-H Policy/ Terms” section page 21.
  2. Attach the official county FairEntry exhibit label to each exhibit item.
  3. Attach to project—4-H 618A-W “4-H Craft Information Card” for description of work completed on the project.
  4. If a needlecraft or another basic craft article is to be hung, it must come prepared for hanging.
  5. 4-H'er can exhibit up to two articles in the “Other Needle Craft” option under needle craft project.
  6. If multiple pieces make up the exhibit , a photograph of the complete exhibit should be attached to the exhibit so the total exhibit can properly be displayed.

 

Needle craft includes candle wicking, chicken scratching, counted cross stitch, crewel, crocheting, embroidery, hand quilting, hem stitching, huck embroidery, knitting, needlepoint, punch needlework, and tatting. Needlecraft does not include latch hook, machine knitting, machine quilting, and plastic canvas or arm knitting/crocheting.

 

Counted Cross Stitch

Counted cross stitch is worked from a graph, not from a pre-stamped article.  Suggestion: If it is an original design, include the graph with the exhibit.

Beginners (Grades 3-5)

Make exhibit such as a small picture, pillow, set of two placemats or set of two Christmas ornaments using simple designs from printed graphs.  Use NO beads or metallic thread.

Intermediate (Grades 6-8)

Make exhibit such as a picture, pillow, or bell pull, using printed graphs.  Use more intricate color combinations and shading.

Advanced (Grades 9 & up)

Make exhibit such as tablecloth, table runner, picture, article of clothing, Christmas tree skirt, etc. using printed graph or your own design.  Use more advanced design and use of color.

Crochet

Beginners (Grades 3-5)

Using a simple pattern make an exhibit such as a pot holder, table hot pad, placemat, belt pillow cover or baby bonnet.  Include in exhibit chain stitch, single crochet stitch and double crochet stitch.

Intermediate (Grades 6-8)

Make an exhibit such as draw string bag of simple squares, bath rug, stool cover, purse, pair of mittens or gloves, sleeveless vest or top, small afghan or hat. Include in exhibit chain stitch, single crochet stitch and double crochet stitch and increase knowledge of stitches. This exhibit may include learning to increase and decrease stitches.  Exhibit should be blocked.

Advanced (Grades 9 & up)

Make an exhibit of advanced quality work.

Suggestions: afghan of advanced design using wool or synthetic yarn, a pair of gloves, purse of advanced design using corde, infant wear, dress, or sweater.

 

Embroidery

All exhibits must be complete, clean and ready to use. Any article that is intended to be a picture must be ready to hang.  Learn to do several basic stitches.

Beginners (Grades 3-5)

Learn how to do several basic embroidery stitches.  Select an article with a simple design.  This may already be stamped or you may use a transfer pattern.  Exhibit at least one simple article such as a pot holder, framed picture – not over 11 x 14 inches, tea towel, dresser scarf, napkin, clothing item such as collar or yoke, bib, placemat, etc.  Article for exhibit must include three stitches but not more than five stitches.  Some possible stitches to use are: straight stitch, lazy daisy, French knot, colonial knot stitch, outline stitch, cross stitch, running stitch, chain stitch, etc.

Intermediate (Grades 6-8)

Exhibit article(s) that are more difficult than Division I. Article for exhibit must include four stitches but not more than seven stitches.  Add to your list of stitches you can use: satin stitch, long-short stitch, blanket stitch, and feather stitch.  Exhibit two small articles or one large article (example – pair of pillow cases, clothing item, doilies, pictures, etc.).

Advanced (Grades 9 & up)

Exhibit an embroidery article reflecting advanced degree of difficulty beyond beginners and intermediate levels.

 

Knitting - Kits may be used.

Beginners (Grades 3-5)

Exhibit a pair of slippers or mittens (two needle only), scarf, or hat.  Use worsted or bulky yarn.  Do not use mohair or novelty yarns.  4-H’er can use solid or variegated yarn.  Basic knitting stitches that can be used are: cast on stitch, knit stitch, purl stitch, garter stitch, stockinette stitch, increase stitch and decrease stitch.

Intermediate (Grades 6-8)

Exhibit a knitted vest, pillow, or an afghan. Vest may be of any style. Pillow must be knit on both front and back sides.  You may use simple cable or pattern stitches. Crochet edge for finishing is permitted. No mohair yarn can be used.  Knit article or garment should be blocked.

Advanced (Grades 9 & up)

Exhibit a sweater, afghan or other item with intricate patterns.

 

Needlepoint

Exhibit must be worked on cloth canvas.

Each level exhibits a finished project ready for use.

Beginners (Grades 3-5)

Exhibit an item such as a picture, pillow, doorstop, or Christmas ornament, using basket weave, continental and/ or long stitch.  Exhibit should contain no more than three types of stitches. Work with canvas which has the design stamped in color.

Intermediate (Grades 6-8)

Exhibit an item such as a picture, pillow, doorstop, or footstool.  Learn new stitches. Exhibit should contain no more than six types  of stitches. Work with canvas which has the design stamped in color.

Advanced (Grades 9 & up)

Exhibit an item of 4-H'ers choice. Exhibit should contain at least four types of stitches.  Make a more advanced design on canvas.  Use own original design or advanced kit. Include the graph of your original designs with the exhibit

 

Other Needle Crafts

Additional “Other Needle Crafts” includes candle wicking, chicken scratching, crewel, hand quilting, hem stitching, huck embroidery, punch needlework, and tatting.

Beginners (Grades 3-5)

Using a simple pattern, make an exhibit that uses the basic skills of one of the “Other Needle Crafts” listed above.

Intermediate (Grades 6-8)

Using a more advanced pattern, make an exhibit that uses the intermediate skills of one of the “Other Needle Crafts” listed above.

Advanced (Grades 9 & up)

Using a pattern that reflects advanced degree of difficulty, make an exhibit that uses the basic skills of one of the “Other Needle Crafts” listed above.

 

 

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