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|Seminar 2019: Special Awards|
The PRINCESS GRACE AWARD may be given to any entry, in any judged category, that is worked entirely in the tent stitch, without embellishments, such as beads or other attachments, in order to maintain the purity of the stitching technique. The tent stitch is defined as going over one intersection from lower left to upper right with no backstitches, seed stitches, or outline stitches. The winner of this award also receives a Boehm rose.
The SAMPLER AWARD may be given to any entry that is a collection of patterns, stitches, and techniques put together in a convenient reference form. This includes historical reproductions and class projects that meet the stated criteria. This award is given in memory of Amyee Johnson.
The CREATIVE INSPIRATION AWARD may be given to any entry in the Original or Adaption category that the judges decide is best in creative design and its elements, which includes the use of color. An Artist’s Statement must accompany the entry.
The WEARABLE ART AWARD may be given to any entry in a judged category that demonstrates the most creative wearable needlepoint, excluding name tags.
The SMALL MASTERPIECE AWARD may be given to any entry (piece or set), in any judged category, with the length plus width of the stitched area of a two-dimensional piece being less than or equal to 10 inches, or the length plus the width plus the depth of the stitched area of a three- dimensional piece being less than or equal to 15 inches. If an entry consists of multiple pieces, they shall be judged for this award if each piece in the set fits the criteria of a Small Masterpiece.
The SILK AND METAL AWARD may be given to any entry in a judged category that is worked entirely in silk and metallic and/or metal threads, which the judges decide is the best use of these threads.
The FOUNDERS AWARD may be given to any entry in the Class Project category that demonstrates the student’s development of the project, including presenting the finished stitched piece in a different format or doing multiples of the same project. The winner of this award also receives a Revere bowl.
PRESIDENT’S CHOICE AWARD may be given to any entry that represents “Deep in the Heart of Stitchin’.” When you think of Houston, is it beaches and sand? Maybe it’s NASA with astronaut training and flight control complex. Let’s not forget about Beyonce and Clint Black. Perhaps they have always wanted to sing about the prairie sky, sage in bloom, or coyotes walking along the trail.
Or, if you really wanted to think of Houston as something different, don’t forget that Howard Hughes is a native of Houston. So, with Houston’s vast identity in so many areas, you could say that the sky’s the limit when it comes to designing this piece. Expand your mind, grab a needle and thread, and go for it.
The FIRST-TIME EXHIBITOR AWARD may be given to an entry in any judged category that is stitched by a first-time exhibitor. A first-time exhibitor is defined as a person entering the Exhibit for the first time. Anyone who has entered anything in Categories 1 through 7 in a past Exhibit is excluded.
The NINA M. GOERRES CHRISTMAS THEME AWARD may be given to an entry in any judged category that the judges decide best expresses Christmas as a theme. The special ribbon center for this award is stitched by the award donors. The winner of this award receives a $250 scholarship toward Seminar or any distance learning project.
The HILTON STITCH AWARD may be given for any piece that demonstrates the most effective use of Hilton-type stitches. An entry in any category may qualify for this ribbon. The winner of this award receives a leaded crystal bowl.
The STATE AWARD may be given to an entry in any judged category of the Exhibit that is entered by a person from Texas, this year’s Seminar locale. Traditionally, this award is chosen by a representative of the state in which the Seminar is being held.
The BETH ROBERTSON CANVAS EMBELLISHMENT AWARD may be given to the entry in the Painted Design Without Stitch Guide category that the judges decide exemplifies the best use of the stitches, threads, and colors to enhance a painted or stamped canvas.
The SHIRLEY FETTEROLF HALLOWEEN AWARD may be given to an entry in any judged category that the judges decide best expresses Halloween as a theme.