Call for Entry – 2014 CA State Fair

California Crafts
The California State Fair competition and exhibit for California artists and artisans in handcrafts, fiber arts, needlework and quilts.
News Update
Publication of the 2014 Competition Handbook (rules and requirements) has been delayed for a short time. We will send an announcement to our email list and post to our Facebook when and where the 2014 entry materials are published. In the meantime, here are some details about the 2014 California Crafts competition:
Entry Deadline: Friday, April 25, 2014
Entry fee:  Entry Fee for the Handcraft and Fiber Arts and Needlework Shows is $10 per item (sets can be entered as one item). Entry Fee for the Quilt Show (Divisions 190, 193 and 195) is $12 per item.
Online Entry: All entries will be done online via secure website. Items to be judged will need to be shipped or delivered to Cal Expo (see calendar, below). For the Special Contests (Divisions 223 and 225) digital images will need to be submitted as part of the entry process.
Awards: The California State Fair will award Rosettes, Ribbons and Premium (cash) Awards plus there will be Special Awards donated by generous businesses and organizations (to be announced).
Division 105 – Jewelry and Bead Art
Class 1 – Jewelry – precious metals and semi-precious stones
Class 2 – Jewelry – beads
     includes stringing, micro macramé, and other wearable art techniques
Class 3 – Bead Weaving
     beading stitches, i.e. peyote stitch, brick stitch, etc.
Class 4 – Any Other Bead Art
Division 110 – Straw Art (includes wheat weaving and other items woven or constructed from wheat or straw)
Class 1 – Marquetry
Class 2 – Free Standing Works
Class 3 – Wall Hanging Works
Class 4 – Any Other Type of Straw Art
Division 115 – Paper Craft
Class 1 – Scrapbooking  – Two 12” x12” pages  – any theme
Class 2 – Handmade Cards – Any occasion or purpose
Class 3 – Other Paper Crafts – includes quilling, papier mache, handmade paper, etc.
Division 130 – Decorative Painting
Class 1 – Large Decorative Painting (24” or more in height or circumference)
Class 2 – Small Decorative Art Piece (smaller than 24” in height or circumference)
Class 3 – Any Other Decorative Painted Piece (Furniture, Holiday Items, etc.)
Division 140 – Wood Art
Class 1 – Wood Carving
Class 2 – Wood Turning
Class 3 – Woodworking
Class 4 – Toys and Any Other Wood Projects
Division 150 – Other Handcrafts
Class 1 – Ceramics                            Class 2 –  Dolls & Toys
Class 3 – Gourds                                Class 4 – Leather
Class 5 – Scale Models                      Class 6 – Porcelain Painting
Class 7 – Glass (fusing, beads, painting, blowing, stained glass, etc.)
Class 8 – Any Other Handcraft
Class 2, All clothing and accessories for dolls (except shoes) must be made by the exhibitor.
Class 5 includes doll houses, miniature rooms, and box settings. All furniture and accessories must be attached to the entry.
Class 6 includes flat pieces and vessels.
Handcraft Judging Criteria:
Workmanship (including technique, if applicable)
Level of Difficulty
Design Elements (including color, texture)                      
Visual Impact
Originality / Creativity                                                                                
Note – for all divisions and classes, include an inexpensive disposable hanger with entries intended to be hung; hangers may not be returned. Do not include a dress form or mannequin.
Division 155 – Crochet
Class 1 – Large Crocheted Afghans (over 3’ x 4’)
Class 2 – Small Crocheted Afghans (under 3’ x 4’)
Class 3 – Wearing Apparel Adult
Class 4 – Wearing Apparel Youth
Class 5 – Coverings (includes, but not limited to, table cloths, doilies, pillowcases, etc.)
Class 6 – Any Other Crocheted Item
Division 160 – Knitting (Machine knitted items are not eligible for entry)
Class 1 – Knitted Afghans
Class 2 – Knitted Wearing Apparel (Adult & Youth Sweaters, dresses, etc)
Class 3 – Any Other Knitted Item
Division 165 – Other Fiber Art
Class 1 – Lace/Tatting/Weaving (bobbin, knitted, crocheted lace and tatting)
Class 2 – Traditional Hooked Rugs
Class 3 – Any Other Fiber Art (Includes handspun yarn, felting, basket weaving, rag rugs)
Division 170 – Wearing and Designer Apparel (does not include sweaters, knitted skirts or dresses)
Class 1 – Modern Wearing Apparel
Class 2 – Costumes and Formal Wear
Class 3 – Wearable Art (includes, but not limited to, garments made of hand woven fabric, garments made from non-fabric materials, garments that incorporate electronics or other technology)
Division 180 – Embroidery & Counted Cross Stitch (Machine embroidery is not eligible for entry)
Class 1 – Traditional Embroidery, framed (includes samplers)
Class 2 – Traditional Embroidery, unframed
Class 3 – Cross Stitch, framed
Class 4 – Cross Stitch, unframed (includes but is not limited to pillows, bellpulls, etuis, wearing apparel and any entry with counted cross stitch that is not framed)
Class 5 – Counted techniques (framed or unframed) (includes but is not limited to counted cross stitch, blackwork, hardanger, pulled work, silk/metal, beading, etc.)
Notes: Traditional embroidery includes but is not limited to, Crewel, whitework, cutwork, shadow work, silk ribbon, stumpwork, Brazillian, needlelace, etc. A Sampler is a piece of embroidery executed as an example of the embroiderer’s skill in using a variety of stitches; often incorporating numbers, letters, and the name and age of the embroider in a decorative panel
Division 185 – Needlepoint and Other Counted Techniques
Class 1 – Needlepoint, framed or unframed (includes, but not limited to, pillows, wearing apparel, 3-D forms, and any entry with needlepoint that is not framed.)
Class 2 – Embellished Needlepoint (may be traditional or contemporary needlepoint, framed or Unframed but must incorporate additional enhancement including but not limited to beading, goldwork, stumpwork, etc.
Class 3 – Other Counted Techniques or Multiple Techniques
Fiber Art and Needlework Judging Criteria
Level of Difficulty                    
Design, including color & texture
Appropriate Pattern or Technique
Creative use of materials or fabric
Division 190 – Large Quilts (Perimeter of 300 inches or more)
Class 1 – Appliqué Quilts
Class 2 – Pieced Quilts
Class 3 – Other or Special Technique Quilts
Class 4 – Group Quilts
Division 193 – Medium Quilts (Perimeter between 216 inches and 299 inches)
Class 1 – Appliqué Quilts
Class 2 – Pieced Quilts
Class 3 – Other or Special Technique Quilts
Class 4 – Group Quilts
Division 195 – Small Quilts (Perimeter between 160 and 215 inches)
Class 1 – Appliqué Quilts
Class 2 – Pieced Quilts
Class 3 – Other or Special Technique Quilts
Class 4 – Mini Quilts (Perimeter is less than 160 inches)
Class 5 – Group Quilts
Quilt Show Judging Criteria:
Workmanship (including finishing)                    
Visual Impact                                                      
Technical Elements (technique or multiple techniques)
Design Elements (balance, color, contrast, unity)
California Crafts Special Contests
Note: When entering on-line the Department for these divisions is:
Crafts Special Contests
Special instructions:  Entry in this division will require upload of a digital image. The garment must be pictured worn by a person or a mannequin. An optional 2nd image of the back of the garment may be uploaded.
Special Rules:  Entries will be judged twice. The initial selection of entries to be exhibited and eligible for prizes will be done via FairJudge – judge will view digital images of the entries on-line. Finalists will be notified and the entries to be exhibited will need to be shipped or delivered to Cal Expo no later than May 16, 2013 for the final judging.
Note: Special Contest entries are not eligible for Best of Division or Best of Show awards; they are eligible for the Creativity Award
Division 223 – Upcycle Fashion
Create a garment or accessory from recycled or re-purposed materials. It can be a re-purposed garment, i.e. a pair of yoga pants that you’ve turned into a halter top, or something newly made such as a shirt made from Tyvek (construction grade plastic wrap) or a duct tape cape or…?  Let your imagination and your creativity run wild!
Note: All entries must be handmade from recycled or repurposed materials
Class 1: Garments
Class 2: Accessories
Judging Criteria:
           Creative use of recycled materials
           Visual Impact                        
Division 225 – Hunting Shawl inspired by Hunger Games
The 2013 release of Lionsgate Films’ The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has had fiber artists on fire ever since. The cowl hunting shawl designed by Maria Dora of Capital Couture captured the attention of everyone in the audience who loves handmade fashion.  For this special contest, submit your garment inspired by the famous hunting shawl. We’re not looking for exact copies but entries should evoke the spirit of the original.
Class 1: Hunting shawl
Note: shawl can be knit, crochet, macramé or a combination of techniques
Judging Criteria:
            Visual Impact                        
Friday, April 25, 2014 – Entry Deadline
Friday, May 16, 2014 – Shipped entries due
Friday, May 16, 2014 – Hand Deliver Entries between 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Saturday, May 17, 2014 – Hand Deliver Entries between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 – Judging
Monday, May 26, 2014 – Show selection notification
Friday, May 30, 2014 – Pick-up non-selected entries 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 31, 2014 – Pick-up of non-selected entries 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 12, 2014 – Awards Ceremony – all exhibitors will receive detailed info
Friday, July 11 – Sunday, July 27, 2014 – The 161st California State Fair
Friday, August 1, 2014 – Pick up exhibits 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 2, 2014 – Pick up exhibits 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Monday, August 4, 2014 – Return shipping of exhibits shipped to us
To contact us:
Carol Buchanan, Exhibits Coordinator
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The California State Fair – July 11-27, 2014 at Cal Expo in Sacramento, CA