Step 1: An embroidery using the provided, original, or adapted design, exhibiting expertise in the use of specific metal threads, plus metallic kid appliqué. The use of padding is optional.
Step 2: An embroidery using a provided design exhibiting expertise in the handling of silk and metal threads for both filling stitches/patterns, including the technique of or nue. The use of padding is optional.
Step 3: An embroidery using the candidate’s original or adapted design exhibiting expertise in the use of silk threads applied to specific surface embroidery stitches, some over padding. This embroidery may be worked on a countable ground.
Step 4: An embroidery using an original or adapted design exhibiting expertise in the handling of Japanese metal or passing thread in a variety of specific techniques, some over padding.
Step 5: An embroidery using one of three provided designs to exhibit expertise in the technique of soft shading, from a given light source, using only silk threads. (The main image above shows Step 5.)
Step 6: A final embroidery which must demonstrate mastery of the various silk and metal threads exhibited in a variety of techniques, their proper applications, as well as skill in color and design to produce a coherent original design. Every aspect of this presentation will be judged.
Judging: May and October
Judging Criteria: Everything, including the selection of the fabric, threads, and stitches as to appropriateness for design. Also application technique, colors chosen, and design itself (if not provided), plus ability to follow instructions.