Step 1: Square Stitch and/or Bead Weaving on a Loom used to create a wall hanging of specific dimensions. Beader must demonstrate stitch technique, increasing/decreasing, color/shading, and appropriate finishing.
Step 2: Herringbone Stitch used to create an original dimensional piece with size limitations. Appropriate use of materials and stitch techniques is emphasized.
Step 3: Peyote Stitch used in creating a necklace, bracelet and pair or earrings. Beader must demonstrate technique in various Peyote stitches.
Step 4: Bead Embroidery used in creating single piece. Beader must demonstrate expertise in three different techniques of bead embroidery, using appropriate beads. (The main image above shows step 4)
Step 5: Right Angle Weave is used to create an original piece with minimum size limitations. Appropriate use of materials and stitch techniques is emphasized.
Step 6: The final piece must demonstrate Master Craftsman ability in a piece of original design using at least three of the previous techniques. It should be three-dimensional, showing good color and stitch usage with appropriate bead and stitch techniques.
Judging: May and November
Judging Criteria: Workmanship, selection of appropriate materials, mastery of beading techniques, color, and ability to follow directions.
Contact: Master Craftsman Beading Chair