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 with entry.
  • 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 views).
  • 4: 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):

  • 0: Entry is completely modern with no relationship to period elements or practices.
  • 1: 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).
  • 2: Use of both modern materials and methods to produce a work that looks or feels authentic to the time period it purports to be.
  • 3: Use of either modern material or methods to produce a work that looks or feels authentic.
  • 4: 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).

  • Complexity of the endeavor (number of pieces, detail of smaller elements, use of simple shapes, etc.)
  • Variety of techniques used.
  • Difficulty 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)
  • Extent 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).
  • Accuracy of design (straight lines, smooth curves, small details clear & understandable).
  • Neatness (absence of overlapping rows, beads and threads, sagging or arching rows, pulled fabric, uneven bead spacing).
  • Durability 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 to period.
  • 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, 1998 Edition.
Copyright © 1997, 1998, 1999 by the Middle Kingdom of the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc.
Individual criteria in this volume may be photocopied and
disseminated for use within the Middle Kingdom Arts and Sciences Faire.

 
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