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The subtitle for this interesting book is:
Definitive Guidelines For Fairs, Shows, Judges & Entrants.
I want to quote from the beginning of the first chapter of this book. It specifically mentions Hooked Needlework but what it says about standards and Judging is universal to all needlework (and many other crafts & arts, as well).
"For many years, the judging of hooked work has been accomplished through a *by guess and a by gosh* method. While effort was made to find competant judges, all too often a person accepted the job of judging to keep the show going. Standards for judging have not been creative from an aesthetic point of view."
"Judging, in the past, has been accomplished on a very loose set of standards. Personal preferences riddle almost every state standard and every state has a diffgerent standard. Written critiques are almost non-existant."
"A study has, for 2 years, been underway to put quality and merit into judging standards. Uniformity in these standards is essential."
Interesting. It seems that indeed the focus of this book is rug hooking but, again, I don't see how judging the qwuality of a hand hooked rug differs that much from jusging the quality of a needlepoint piece.
I buy these books sight unseen, so I do not know much about them, contents or condition, beforehand. At any rate, I think there is much to be gained here, even if the specific craft is different.
Slef-Published in 1977 by Mary Shepperd Burton. This is a First Printing Copy, signed by the author on the back cover.
Judging By Merit is a matte cover paperbound book with 44 pages.
It is in very good condition. There is a straightened corner fold on the top of the front cover with a small corenr fold inside it., The edges of the book are somewhat worn but the pages inside are Very Good, as is the spine.
I recently bought this collection of fine vintage and out-of-print needlework books from Carol Korman. There are many excellent books on this among the books she sent me. Some of these books are very rare and unique.
Carol was raised in Anchorage, Alaska. Her Husband travelled the world as a Civil Engineer, they lived in 6 countries over 22 years. She studied Needlepoint and Embroidery all over the world.
On retirement she took classes at the EGA (Embroidery Guild of America) and ANG (American Needlepoint Guild). She became certified as a Needlework Judge for both EGA and ANG.
Carol went on the become a Master EGA Needlework Judge.
In 2000 Carol Korman became ANG Western Area Representative, she was president on ANG from 2006 to 2008.
Carol and her husband live in Texas, at 80 she still stitches. Carol and I both hope that her books add to your pleasure as you pursue Needlepoint