4-H NEEDLEWORK DEPARTMENT DIVISION 

Crochet

813 Small Crochet Item(s) made of medium (4) weight yarn: Must include rows of single, half double and/or double crochet stitches. Such as: scarf, purse, belt, hat, pillow, two wash cloths (made from cotton yarn), or pair of slippers. Scarf must be at least 24” long.

814 Large Crochet Item(s) made of medium (4) weight yarn: Must include rows of single, half double and/or double crochet stitches. Such as: afghan, shawl, or vest.

815 Crochet Item made entirely with novelty yarn: Do not use standard medium (4) weight yarn. Must include rows of single, half double, and/or double crochet stitches: Such as: scarf, purse, belt, hat, pillow, pair of slippers, afghan, shawl, or vest. Scarf must be at least 24” long. Novelty yarn is any yarn other than medium (4) worsted weight yarn.

816 Crocheted Item made using the Granny Square technique: May use any weight yarn, single or multiple colors of yarn. Such as: purse, shawl, afghan, or hat.

817 Crocheted Item(s) made using intermediate skills/pattern crochet stitches: Such as: hat, belt, scarf, pair of mittens, pillow, sweater, vest, shawl or baby blanket, doily (made from (0) weight thread) or set of 5 different ornaments (made from (0) weight thread using intermediate skills/stitches.) Include one or more pattern stitches—shell, arch, diamond, bobble, snapdragon, popcorn, cross, puff, cluster, or seed/granite. Can include one or more colors in alternating rows (stripes). Scarf must be at least 24” long.

818 Crochet Item using intermediate skills for shaping and fitting multiple pieces together: Items must include increase and decrease. Such as stuffed toys or pair of slippers.

819 Item or pair of items using advanced crochet skills: include one or more of the following advanced skills: beadwork, filet crochet, creating plaids, geometric designs or checks; making novelty crochet articles. 

820 Item or pair of items using advanced crochet skills to creating your own design. Original designs must include a copy of directions, notes and diagrams used to create the items(s). Suggested items include: multi-colored hat, purse, collar (made with bedspread-weight cotton thread), sweater, jacket, afghan or coat.

 

HAND EMBROIDERY

One Type of Embroidery Stitch

821 Redwork: Embroidery item made with a single color of floss such as “Redwork,” using red floss. Must use the stem stitch and have an embroidered area equivalent to 3 x 3 inches or larger.

822 Stamped Cross Stitch: Cross stitched design stamped (printed/drawn) on plain woven fabric and have an embroidered area equivalent to 3 x 3 inches or 2” x 16” border or larger.

 

Multiple Types of Embroidery Stitches

823 Candlewicking: design stamped on plain woven fabric. Must include stem/outline, satin and colonial knot stitches and have an embroidered area equivalent to 3 x 3 inches or larger.

824 Stamped Embroidery: Embroidery design printed/drawn on plain woven fabric or felt. Must include three or more of the following different stitches (stem/outline, lazy daisy, running, straight, French knot, satin, blanket, chain, or back stitch). May use more than one color of floss. Must have an embroidered area equivalent to 3 x 3 inches or larger.

825 Free Embroidery: Embroidery design used to embellish a base fabric without the design being drawn on the fabric. Must include three or more of the following different stitches (stem/outline, lazy daisy, running, straight, French knot, satin, blanket, chain, or back stitch). May use more than one color of floss. Must have an embroidered area equivalent to 3 x 3 inches or larger. Embroidery may embellish design lines on the item.

Charted Embroidery Using Large Cross or Snowflake Stitches:

826 Cross Stitch on Gingham: Cross stitch on ¼-inch gingham and have an embroidered area 5 x 7 inches or larger.

827 Counted Cross Stitch on 11 Count Aida Cloth: Must have an embroidered area equivalent to 5 x 7 inches or larger.

828 Chicken Scratch on gingham: Chicken Scratch (also known as Snowflake embroidery) on ¼ inch or smaller checked gingham fabric. Must have an embroidered area 5 x 7 inches or larger.

 

Crewel Embroidery

829 Crewel Embroidery: Crewel embroidery design on linen or cotton twill fabric using crewel or Persian Yarn: Must have an embroidered area equivalent to 5 x 7 inches or larger.

 

Charted Embroidery Using Specialty Cloth

830 Counted Cross Stitch on 14 Count Aida Cloth: Must have an embroidered area equivalent to 5 x 7 inches or larger.

831 Counted Cross Stitch using Waste Canvas: Must have an embroidered area equivalent to 5 x 7 inches or larger.

832 Huck Embroidery: Huck embroidery on huck towel/toweling creating a minimum 2-inch-wide border design.

833 Swedish Weaving: Swedish weaving on monk’s cloth creating a minimum of 6-inch-wide border design.

Embroidery Using Advanced Skills:

834 Ribbon Embroidery Using Silk Ribbon for 5 or More Embroidery Stitches: Design may also include use of embroidery floss in addition to the silk ribbon.

835 Counted Cross Stitch on 18 or 22 Count Even Weave or Aida Cloth: Must have an embroidered area equivalent to 5 x 7 inches or larger.

836 English Smocking: Smocked area must be equivalent to 4 x 6 inches or larger. Design must include at least 5 different smocking/embroidery stitches.

 

Knitting

837 Small/simple knitted item(s): Items such as a hat, small pillow, purse, scarf, belt, or two washcloths (no larger than 10” X 10” each); Use medium (4) worsted weight yarn. Solid color yarn only (no variegated yarn or color change is acceptable). Wash cloths should be made from worsted weight cotton yarn. Items are limited to those that include garter stitch, stockinette stitch, and/or ribbing stitch.

838 Knitted Item created using Self-striping or Variegated Yarn(s): Use some yarn other than single color medium (4) worsted weight yarn. Such as a purse, scarf, hat, leg warmers, fingerless mittens, etc.

839 Larger/simple knitted item(s): Items such as a pair of mittens; pair of slippers, shawl, cowl, or afghan lap/baby blanket. May use yarn other than worsted weight yarn. Multiple colors and at least one pattern stitch may be used in addition to garter stitch, stockinette stitch, and/or ribbing stitch.

840 Knitted project focused on Shape—Garment or Fashion Accessory: Exhibit one item or a pair of items using pick up stitches, and/or knitting in the round. Item must include increase and/or decrease. May use yarns other than medium (4) worsted weight yarn. May include simple color changes (stripes or duplicate stitch). Ideas such as: gloves, hat, mittens, fingerless mittens, socks, skirt, sweater, or vest.

841 Knitted project focused on Shape—Stuffed Toy: Exhibit one item using pick up stitches, and/or knitting in the round. Item must include increase and/or decrease. May use yarns other than medium (4) worsted weight yarn. May include simple color changes (stripes or duplicate stitch).

843 Knitted project focused on Color Design: Exhibit one item or a pair of items using charted designs or your own design. Charted designs may include color changes such as Fair Isle, Intarsia, and/or Mosaic knitting. All entries must include a copy of directions, notes, and any diagrams used to create the item. Ideas such as: throw pillow, afghan (minimum size 45-x 60-inches), shawl, holiday stocking (, purse, pair of socks, sweater, etc.

844 Knitted project focused on Textural Design: Exhibit one item or pair of items using charted designs or your own design. Charted designs must include multiple pattern stitches such as Aran Isle knitting or lace knitting. Knitting with beads is also acceptable. All entries must include a copy of directions, notes, and any diagrams used to create the item. Ideas such as: throw pillow, afghan (minimum size 45-x 60-inches), shawl, holiday stocking, purse, pair of socks, sweater.

 

Quilting

845 Strip Quilt: Easy quilt for the beginner. Make a table topper or wall hanging. Use strips of varying widths to make a 4-block finished quilt not to exceed 36”X 36.” Hanging tabs are optional. Quilting lines can be up to 8” apart.

846 Wall Hanging: Start with a rectangle piece of “picture” fabric. Build quilt by adding borders around the rectangle. Add hanging loops to the top of the piece. Quilt is turned and stitched to form edges of quilt. No added binding is needed. Quilting can be stitch-in-the-ditch or echo quilting up to 6” apart. Finished size should not exceed 30” x 36.”

847 Quilted Table Runner- Machine tack, hand tie, or machine quilt in each 6” block. (12’ X36”): Exhibit a 1 x 3 four-patch runner “quilt”. Each four-patch must include at least two 6-inch square patchwork unit made with square and/or rectangle pieces (do not include triangle pieces). Piecing technique: stitch by hand or sewing machine Quilting technique: machine tack or hand tie.

848 Quilt as you go Quilt: Create a quilt using any quilt-as-you-go method. Add rows to the edge so that face fabric, batting and backing are attached to the previous piece. There is no additional quilting needed. Applied binding with mitered corners. Perimeter should not exceed 144”. Suitable for the advanced beginner

849 Small Patchwork Quilt: Sew four 12” square blocks or nine 9” square blocks with sashing and/or borders. Triangle pieces and/or machine applique’ are required. Hand or machine quilt. Applied binding with mitered corners. Finished quilt not to exceed 36” x 36 “.

850 Dimensional Pieces, Miniature Scale, and/or Landscape design Quilt or Quilted Wall Hanging (at least 24” x 24” up to 48” x 48”) Quilting Technique: quilting is closer than 3” apart over the whole piece: Exhibit a creative quilt, minimum finished size 24 inches by 24 inches, maximum size 48 inches by 48 inches. Quilt top should include advanced piecing techniques joined by hand and/or machine that may include dimensional pieces, miniature scale, and/or landscape design. Piecing technique: stitch by hand or sewing machine Quilting technique: Stitch by hand or conventional sewing machine using stippling or patterned/ stenciled motifs. (Do NOT use a long arm quilting machine or hooped embroidery machine.) Edge finishing technique: Applied binding with mitered corners, hanging sleeve optional.

851 Squares or Strips Precut: Sew a top using pre-cut squares (2” or 5”,) 2” x 42” (WOF) strips or a combination of these. Applied binding with mitered corners. Perimeter not to exceed 160”.

852 Appliqué: pillow with applique: Suggested traditional pattern as Sun Bonnet Sue or a Tulip. 10inch background, 1 inch border around applique and 2 inch on the outside for a 16 inch pillow. You can either stuff or buy a pillow. Finished by hand. Machine same pattern. Can machine zig zag over raw edge applique.

853 Foundational paper piecing: Quilt or Quilted Wall Hanging (at least 24” x 24” up to 48” x 48”) made using foundation paper piecing techniques for the quilt top. Exhibit a creative quilt, minimum finished size 24 inches by 24 inches, maximum size 48 inches by 48 inches. Quilting technique: Stitch by hand or conventional sewing machine using stippling or patterned/stenciled motifs. Quilting is closer than 3” apart over the whole piece. (Do NOT use a long arm quilting machine or hooped embroidery machine.) Edge finishing technique: Applied binding with mitered corners; hanging sleeve/ hanging tabs optional.

854 English paper piecing: 1 or 2 mug rugs. Paper pieces using seven 1-inch paper hexagons. With slightly larger fabric squares basted around the paper hexagons. Whipped stitched together to form coaster. Finished sized should be 5 to 5 ½. Needs to have batting and backing, self-bound.

855 Non-traditional Fabrics Quilt: Sew a pieced top using non-traditional materials such as t-shirts, ties, bandanas, or denim. T-shirts must have interfacing and have sashing separating each block. Cotton fabric or fleece may be used for backing. Quilting must be done by the 4-H’er and be appropriate for the design. Perimeter must be larger than 200”.

856 Original Design Quilt: An original design created by the 4-Her. Must submit original design with the quilt and an explanation of the techniques used in the quilt. Quilting must be done by the 4-Her and be appropriate for the design.

857 Crazy Quilt Patchwork: Constructed of irregularly shaped fabric pieces embellished with a combination of ribbon work, specialty thread, embroidery stitches, and/or beadwork creating a finished crazy quilt design.