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 Table topper or Wall Hanging: This quilt can be square or rectangle shaped. Start with a center piece that is a sandwich of

face fabric, batting and backing. Stitch through all layers so that piece is quilted as is appropriate for the design. Add rows to the edges so that face fabric, batting and backing are attached to the previous piece. At outer edges add binding which can be stitched by machine or hand. There is no additional quilting needed as each row was attached to the previous row. Finished size should not exceed 36” x 36.”

849    Machine Quilted Wall Hanging or Small Quilt (36” x 36”) Quilting Technique: quilting should be no more than 4” apart. Closer quilting is not

required: Exhibit a 4 or 9 patch quilt or quilted wall hanging. Each block must measure 12 inches by 12 inches for the 4-patch version or 9 inches by 9 inches for the 9-patch version. Finished project must include appliqué and/or triangle pieces with sashing and/or borders. Finished quilt not to exceed 36 inches by 36 inches. Piecing technique: stitched by hand or sewing machine Quilting technique: stitch using a conventional sewing machine using cross-hatching, stitching in the ditch, or echo/outline quilting. (Do NOT use a long arm quilting machine or hooped embroidery machine.) Edge finishing technique: Applied binding with mitered corners, hanging sleeve optional.

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    Charm Squares or Strips: Quilt made from 5”x 5” pieces or 2-1/2” strips or a combination of the two. Size 40 x 40 Quilting: batting and in the

ditch or straight-line quilting on machine.

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    Large Quilt: Any quilt larger than 49”x 49,” any technique. This quilt can be quilted on a long arm machine by the 4-Her or another person.

856    4-H’er Designed 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.

858    Quilting with Non-traditional Fabrics: 4-Her will make their own design using non-traditional materials such as t-shirts, ties, bandanas, or

other. No smaller than 60 Inches. T-shirts must have interface and have sashing separating each block. Regular cotton fabric used for bordering and binding.