August 2003

Good Workmanship

For the past two years, I have judged Knitting at the Sonoma County Fair in California. This year I was asked to be the judge for Crochet. These three experiences have been very interesting for me. All of the projects were done by amateurs, but does amateur work mean not well done? Absolutely not!

Some of the items were wonderful, and showed close attention to detail. I wish I had pictures to show you. Some others had problems and although designs were beautiful, I could not give them any ribbons. As a judge, I always look for good workmanship, nicely finished projects, and I try to be impartial to the colors and patterns used.

I thought it would be beneficial, if I share with you my view of a good workmanship. In my view, there are several factors that separate the winners from the others. These factors apply not only to Knitting and Crochet, they apply to Silk Ribbon Embroidery too.

Nazanin S. Fard

Needlecraft University

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