Middle Kingdom Criteria for Beadwork (Div.
II - Textile and Needle Arts)
Category Rules: The category includes embroidery
entirely of beads, embroidery containing beads as accents,
clothing containing or using beads or beadwork, "a'festton"
beading (net or lace-like style, such as handkerchief or
veil edging), loomed beadwork and any other needle and thread
based decorative beadwork. The category does not include
larger bead and trade bead jewelry accessory pieces. The
category does not include the judging of the actual beads
themselves, but of the beadwork, however, the beads must
be constructed of materials available in period, such as
glass or metal.
Documentation (0 to 4 points):
0: No documentation provided
1: Minimal information consisting
of time, place and style.
2: As in #1, plus use of
general sources; emphasis on tertiary sources with perhaps
one second source (ex: use of encyclopedia articles with
a possible additional use of a book or article that refers
to a period source.).
3: As in #2, plus a developed
discussion making use of critical references; sources
are largely secondary (ex: sources refer to period references;
documentation discusses, compares, and contrasts the source's
As in #3, plus explanation of original research/experiment
and relation of source material to it. Primary sources,
if available, are emphasized (ex: sources used are from
the appropriate period for the entry, such as period manuscripts,
paintings or artifacts).
Authenticity (0 to 4 points):
Entry is completely modern with no relationship to period
elements or practices.
Use of modern materials and methods to produce a work
that would not be accepted in period but either bears
some relationship to an authentic work or which might
be useful within SCA Culture (ex: some period elements,
but doubtful authenticity of materials, colors, technique,
design or planned use).
Use of both modern materials and methods to produce a
work that looks or feels authentic to the time period
it purports to be.
Use of either modern material or methods to produce a
work that looks or feels authentic.
Use of totally authentic materials and methods (ex: handmade
glass wood beads used, hand-woven, hand-dyed linen hand-spun
thread used, decoration made using period methods or stitch).
Scope (0 to 6 points):
Rank the ambition, not the success,
of the entry on a scale of 0 to 6 for each of the following
elements and average for the total Scope score (Total of
element scores divided by 5).
of the endeavor (number of pieces, detail of smaller elements,
use of simple shapes, etc.)
of techniques used.
of techniques attempted (ex. lines of beadwork outlining
fabric details such as flora & fauna patterns vs.
small ornamental single bead embellishments at flower
or fabric pattern center)
gone to ensure authenticity (commercially available materials
vs. handmade materials).Skill (0 to 6 points): How well
is the entry made? Rank the success of the entry on a
scale of 0 to 6 points for each of the following elements
and average for the total Skill score (Total of element
scores divided by 3).
of design (straight lines, smooth curves, small details
clear & understandable).
(absence of overlapping rows, beads and threads, sagging
or arching rows, pulled fabric, uneven bead spacing).
and structure (threads should hold work firmly and feel
secure. Absence of loose beads).
Creativity (0 to 4 points):
0: Standard style with no
innovations, use of a commercially available kit.
1: Logical combination of
elements with some innovation of embellishment or techniques,
all logical to period.
2: Logical combination of
elements with more innovation of embellishment or techniques,
all logical to period.
3: As in #2 above, but with
much individual interpretation and interpolation logical
4: As in #3 above, plus each
element is logically innovative to itself. Elements work
together in a cohesive fashion.
Judge's Observations (0 to 6 points):
Rank the entry as a whole. How well do all
the separately judged parts fit together? The entry's overall
effect is judged in this section. This is the only section
of the Criteria where the judge may allow her/his personality,
private opinions and personal preferences to influence scoring.
Contributor: Elspeth Grizel
of Dunfort, 1996.
Editor: Thorhalla Carlsdottir af Bröberg, 1997.
The Middle Kingdom Arts and Sciences Faire Judging Criteria,
Copyright © 1997, 1998, 1999 by the Middle Kingdom
of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.
Individual criteria in this volume may be photocopied and
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