Standards Committee

The committee’s function is to view members’ work, acting as a resource in an advisory capacity for individual spinners and weavers and to approve work for sale and exhibition purposes. The Committee should meet at least twice a year. All members are invited to submit their work to the Committee at any time. The requirements for a formal review are listed below.

Benefits

There are two separate but inter-related benefits that standards provide:

  1. The benefit of education, learning and improvement to individual members because of the written critique that is provided with each submission
  2. The benefit to ASH in that our standards are maintained at all ASH sales and exhibitions

Formal Review Requirements

Weaving submissions

Requirements

  • A minimum of 6 items completed within the last 2 years showing your range of work
  • Each item must have a securely attached label including the following information:
    • Name of weaver,
    • Fibre,
    • Technique,
    • Purpose of item

Evaluation criteria

  1. Quality of materials used
  2. Technical execution – for example:
    1. correctness of threading
    2. good edges
    3. even beating
    4. absence of skips
    5. no knots in warp
    6. joins in wefts must be made at the edges and neatly clipped
    7. handsewing or knotting of fringe should be even taking up a few warp threads at a time and the same number of threads each time
    8. twisted fringe should be same length and consistent all across
  3. Suitability of fibre, design and technique
  4. Effectiveness of colours and colour combinations
  5. Proportion and over-all design
  6. Finishes and finishing techniques appropriate to the article
  7. Items submitted as a set must be designed as such

Spinning submissions

Requirements

  • A minimum of 6 skeins 10 yards long completed within the last 2 years years showing your range of work
  • If using handspun in a finished product, please submit at least 6 examples
  • Each item must have a securely attached label including the following information:
    • Name of weaver,
    • Fibre, Technique,
    • Purpose of item (if finished product)

Evaluation criteria for skeins:

  1. Fibre preparation (washing, carding, spinning, plying)
  2. Spinning technique; woollen, worsted, semi-worsted, novelty
  3. Uniformity of spinning: consistency, textural control, design fellow-through
  4. Diameter of yarn(s): singles, plies, textural
  5. Suitability of chosen fibres to stated end use (e.g. Merino for apparel not upholstery)
  6. Suitability of mixing, plying or blending of differing fibres to end product usage
  7. Yarn Finishing: twist set, washing & rinsing, fulling or felting

Evaluation criteria for articles using handspun:

  1. Suitability of fibre for purpose, eg. coarse, hairy yams generally reserved for outer wear.
  2. Handspun yarn, especially textured and novelties, should be suited to stitch pattern and needle size used
  3. Handspun yams must be durable, maintain shape and drape of the article
  4. When used in combination with commercial yarns, handspun should be compatible and enhance product. When mixing handspun and commercial yarn, handspun should comprise at least 50% of the article
  5. Commercial findings (buttons, zippers, etc) should be appropriate to product
  6. Direction of twist should be suited to technique chosen