Crafts

Rules revised May 10, 2017

DOWNLOAD THE ‘PDF’ VERSION HERE: Alberta 55 plus 2017 Crafts Official Rules

1. The rules listed in this section shall be the official rules for any sanctioned Alberta 55 plus event.

2. All entrants must be current members of Alberta 55 plus. Entries may be submitted in the  Crafts competition in the Zone in which they reside only. Each Zone will establish submission deadlines and procedures that will be outlined on the Zone Entry Form for Crafts.  Participants are requested to ensure that their submissions are adequately and securely packaged for transport to the Alberta 55 plus Fall Provincial host community.

3. All events and categories will be under the same age category: 55 years and over. Competition will be open to Men and Women on an equal basis.

4. Items must have been produced since August 1, 2015, and must be the entrant’s own work.  Persons whose full-time work was formerly or is currently involved in the production of this the item, are NOT eligible to participate.  Paid instructors in any included craft are NOT eligible to participate in the same category.

5. Entries will be judged according to function, design and craftsmanship, or composition and technique.

6. All entries must adhere to the guidelines and specifications for each category regarding size limitations, materials/medium, finishing, framing, etc., or the article will be moved to the correct category or disqualified. Specifications will be checked at the zone level competition, but, if necessary, entries may also be moved to another category, or disqualified at the provincial competition.

7. Judging standards for handicrafts set by Alberta Agriculture, and modified for use in the Alberta 55 plus Provincials will apply in all categories. Judging score sheets based on these standards will be used at the provincial Crafts competition and wherever possible, at the zone competitions.

8. At zone playoffs, any individual may submit a maximum of one article in each of the categories, maximum for the craft zone competition being 4 articles per person.  Each competitor must complete one entry form listing all items being submitted.

9. In each zone the top two articles in all categories will advance to the 2017 Fall Provincials in High Prairie (Total maximum of 24 articles per zone). A handicraft tag must be securely attached to each entry.

10. All articles being forwarded from Zone to Provincials must be listed on a Zone Inventory List (form will be provided by Alberta 55 plus Cultural Coordinator.) A copy of the Entry Form for each participant must be forwarded with the Inventory List (ensure that the entry forms include only items which are being forwarded to the 2017 Fall Provincials).

11. Zone Contact will forward qualifying entries to the 2017 Fall Provincial Host Community on specified deadline date.  No late entries will be accepted.

12. At the 2017 Fall Provincials, Craft articles may be picked up at a designated time by individuals with the proper claim tag, or arrangements will be made to return items to the zone through the Zone Contact for Crafts (or his/her designate).  There will be no exceptions to this rule.

13. At the 2017 Fall Provincials, gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded to the top three entries in each category. Decision of the judges is final.

14. Procedures for Medal Presentations: Cultural Medals will be presented at the provincials in High Prairie.

15. Articles MUST be properly packaged, to ensure safe transportation to and from the Provincials. Failure to properly package the entry may result in disqualification from the zone level competition.

16. Every precaution will be taken in handling and displaying articles.  Insurance is the responsibility of the participant, with his or her own insurance company.  It is understood that in no case shall the Alberta 55 plus Fall Provincials, its organizers, directors, or employees be held responsible for any loss or damage.

17. Entry deadlines will be established in each Zone. Zone Contacts for Crafts, or Area Directors will supply the entry forms and details of the date and location of the Zone judging.

18. Crafts competitors are welcome to make their own arrangements to attend the 2017 Fall Provincials in High Prairie (at their own expense).

Listed below are the Events/Categories for the
2017 Alberta 55 plus Fall Provincials:

The top TWO articles (or sets) in each event/category will be forwarded to the 2017 Fall  Provincials  in High Prairie  from each zone competition. Please ensure that all guidelines, size limitations, and materials specifications are adhered to for each event/category. Failure to do so may result in disqualification of the entry.

1. Hand Knitted Article (Clothing) 

– infants wear, children’s and adult clothing, gloves, socks, slippers, shawl, hat, sleeveless      vest (single item, or two- or three-piece layette or set)

2. Hand Knitted Article (Large, Flat, Yarn or Cotton – minimum size: 24 inches)

– afghan, tablecloth, bedspread

3. Crocheted Article (Small, Flat, Yarn or Cotton – maximum size: 56 inches)

– crib blankets, small afghans, tablecloths, dollies

4. Crocheted Article (Large, Flat, Yarn or Cotton – minimum size:  56 inches)

– bedspread, afghan

5. Crocheted Article (Clothing or doll clothes)

-e.g. infants, children’s and adult clothing, gloves, socks, slippers, shawl, hat, sleeveless  vest, (single item, or two or three piece layette or set) ,doll clothes; may be lightly starched

6. Crocheted Article (Non-clothing)

– e.g. doily, runner,  (may be lightly starched)

7. Counted Cross Stitch
– patterns with colour stamped backgrounds may not be used; the portion of the image that is the pattern must contain at least 75% full cross-stitching (i.e. max. of 25% half cross-stitch allowed)

– cross stitch pictures or wall hangings must be framed, wired for hanging, and no larger    than 36 inches x 36 inches (including frame). (The hanging wire must be placed across the back of the frame and fastened on each side with a small “eye screw”; wire ends should be finished with masking tape so that the frayed ends of the wire do not injure those hanging the picture.)

8. Miscellaneous Needlework
–  Includes Petit Point, Needlepoint, Ethnic Needlework and Embroidery
– any item embroidered with thread or ribbon, excluding Counted Cross-Stitch (patterns with colour-stamped backgrounds may not be used)
– Note: coloured, stamped backgrounds may be used for needlepoint.
– embroidery pictures or wall hangings must be framed, wired for hanging. (The hanging wire must be placed across the back of the frame and fastened on each side with a small “eye screw”; wire ends should be finished
   with masking tape so that the frayed ends of the wire do not injure those hanging the picture.)

– Ethnic Needlework includes Ukrainian, Japanese Bunka, and Brazilian Embroidery

9. Holiday Crafts – all types of crafts related to all major holidays such as Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving (excluding quilted holiday crafts).

10. Soft Toys and Dolls (may be unsuitable for children)
– must be handmade with needlecraft material or fur (knitted, sewn, crocheted, soft sculpture). Dolls must be fully dressed with handmade clothing.

– hard or removable articles may be attached (e.g. eyes, buttons).  (Entries with attached hard items will not be suitable for children.)

11. Miscellaneous Crafts
– this category to include crafts not covered in any other category (e.g. ceramics), OR “emerging” or “fad” crafts e.g. crafts made from recycled materials. Suitability of crafts for this category will be decided at the zone level. Entries must not be larger than 36 inches square, including frame, if applicable. Framed articles must include a wire for hanging placed across the back of the frame and fastened on each side with a small “eye screw”; wire ends must be finished with masking tape so that the frayed ends of the wire do not injure those hanging the picture.
NB: This category cannot be used for quilts, quilted holiday crafts, scrap booking or card making, woodworking, decorative & Native Arts, mixed media crafts, as these categories will be offered in a separate provincials.

-Suitability of crafts for this category will be decided at the zone level, but judges at the Provincials will have the authority to move entry to a more appropriate category if required.

12. Canada 150 Birthday Theme
– this has been added this year only so let your imagination soar. Items must be no larger than 36” by 36”. Woodworking, scrap booking, card making, quilted placemats or hangings, as well as the normal needlework items allowed.