Appendix III

Requirements of Levels


Baskets: Novice

Three small baskets using various techniques: include basic weaving, splicing techniques, twining, and rim application. One or more baskets may have handles.

Baskets: Journeyman

Three medium size baskets showing a variety of basket applications including: twill, two-point lashing, the ability to use ribs and continuous weave procedures. One basket should have a solid woven base. Baskets should show a variety of materials available: flat weavers, round reed, etc.

Baskets: Artisan

Three large baskets showing a variety of basket making skills including: four-point lashing, diagonal plaiting, and woven handles. One of the baskets should have a woven border and one basket should have a cover or lid. The applicant for artisan should be able to discuss various period methods and have a well developed picture gallery showing medieval baskets in use.


Dyeing: Novice

Three one-ounce skeins dyed using at least two different natural dyes and a period mordant. Applicant must include documentation concerning period dyes, mordants and procedures.

Dyeing: Journeyman

Submit four one-ounce samples (skein or fabric) using four different period dyes and two different mordants. At least one set of samples should show understanding of using afterbaths. Submit at least one pound of dyed fiber or fabric to complete a project. Applicant will submit a well-developed paper discussing what dyes, mordants and procedures were used in period and variances from period methods.

Dyeing: Artisan

Submit one-ounce samples using six different dyes and three different mordants or afterbaths per dye color (total 18 one-ounce skeins). One of the skeins must be cotton and another skein must be silk. Applicant must submit a well-developed paper discussing period dyes, mordants and procedures and variances from period methods. Applicant may choose to submit a color wheel using natural dyes (all twelve colors plus black or brown).


A very special thank you to the members of the West Kingdom Needleworkers Guild. They have provided us with support, feedback, and the use of their category system for needlework . We look forward to continuing to learn from and work with them in the future.

West Kingdom has given written(electronic) permission to use their categories.

Embroidery: Novice

Select two category with two different styles of embroidery.
Complete two pieces for each style (total 4 pieces)

Embroidery: Journeyman

Select two categories (one may be a category and style used for novice level).
Complete two pieces from each category (total 4 pieces)

Embroidery: Artisan

Select three categories (one may be a category used for novice and journeyman).
Complete two pieces from each category >(total 6 pieces)


    Counted Thread
  1. Crossed Stitches
  2. Voided work ("Assisi work")
  3. Pattern Darning
  4. Counted thread blackwork
  5. other
    Canvas Work
  1. Tent stitch
  2. Cross stitch on canvas
  3. Brick stitch
  4. Upright (Gobelin) stitch
  5. Satin Stitch
  6. other
    White Work
  1. Drawn thread
  2. Pulled thread
  3. Cutwork
  4. Buratto work
  5. Reticella
  6. other
    Metal Thread
  1. Surface couching
  2. Or Nue
  3. Bullion work
  4. Underside couching
  5. other
    Surface Embroidery
  1. Basic embroidery
  2. Laid work
  3. Beadwork
  4. Split stitch
  5. Raised work
  6. other
    Stitched Fabric
  1. Quilting
  2. Tapunto-corded or stuffed
  3. Smocking
  4. Appliqué
  5. other


Knitting: Novice

A small project must be completed showing a beginners knowledge in knitting which includes how to cast on, knitting, and binding off as well as the use of appropriate knitting implements. The project may be completed using the knitter's choice of needles. The project should include one or more stitch gauges.

Knitting: Journeyman

A minimum of two projects must be submitted for viewing. Candidate should submit a pair of stockings or mittens as well as another project. Projects will be done using different types of fiber. Candidate should be able to show different techniques used in period.

Knitting: Artisan

A minimum of two projects must be presented for viewing and candidate will show a diverse understanding of various techniques used to complete the projects.


Spinning: Novice

Applicant will achieve the status of Novice upon completing entry-level projects:

One skein (one ounce) of single spun One skein (one ounce) of single spun yarn thicker than above

One skein (one ounce) of plied yarn

Accompanying documentation should include the type of wool, manner in which it was spun and what the yarn is intended to be used for.

Spinning: Journeyman

One 1-ounce skein spun on a drop spindle (any fiber, thickness or ply)

One 1-ounce skein spun on a spinning wheel (any fiber, thickness or ply)

One 1-ounce skein of worsted wool (either single or plied)

One 1-ounce skein of woolen wool (either single or plied)

Two 1-ounce skeins spun to different thickness (same fiber) either single or plied of any fiber other than wool.

Spinning: Artisan

Cotton-1/2 ounce spun to any thickness or ply- ½ ounce spun to a different thickness (total 2 skeins), flax 1 skein (one ounce) wet spun, flax 1skein (one ounce) dry spun, silk-spun from any form other than top (one ounce). Silk spun from top (one ounce) and one exotic fiber (one ounce) skein.


Sprang: Novice

Complete 1 piece using 1/1 interlocking. Finish in an appropriate style.

Sprang: Journeyman

Complete 2 pieces; 1 with a doubles pattern and 1 with a trebles pattern. Finish in an appropriate style.

Sprang: Artisan

Complete 4 pieces; 1 using multiple colors
1 combining an S and Z twist
1 using multiple twist interlinking
1 using either laid in wefts, twining, or a pattern made by interchanging threads.

Finish in an appropriate style. All pieces must be labeled with the sprang pattern used and finishing techniques.


Please note: all cloth samples must be a minimum of 12"x 36" after finishing. Tablet or inkle weaving must be a minimum of 36" long. Tapestry samples must be a minimum of 10"x12".

Weaving: Novice

Loom controlled: inkle weaving or rigid heddle: plain tabby. 2-4 harness: tabby or plain twill weaves

Hand: fleck design, small border or any hand manipulated weave you can document.

Tapestry: warp faced weaving with a small border in any geometric design using two or three colors.

Tablet: plain weave -all tablets turned in the same direction.

Weaving: Journeyman

Loom controlled: Inkle or rigid heddle weaving with complicated pick-up sequence, one or two point twills.

Tapestry: Simple design using four or more colors in a technique which you can document.

Tablet: Plain weaves (hopsack and twills), simple warp twist designs

Weaving: Artisan

Loom: Complex twills, intricate patterns, double weave or brocades.

Hand: Rya, soumack or leno pick-up techniques

Tablet: Double face weaves. Intricate warp twist designs.

Last updated: 8/30/2009