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Annual Needlework Show Information

The Needle Arts Guild of Toledo hosts an Annual Judged Needlework Show. Entries are accepted from any needleworker, not just guild members. You don't need to be a member of NAGT or The Embroirderers' Guild of America, Inc. to enter our show.

Our 44rd Annual Needlework Show will be held September 20-22, 2019 at the Sanger Branch of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library at 3030 West Central Avenue, Toledo, Ohio. More information should be available in June.

About The Show

The exhibit is FREE and open to the public. Guild members will be present at the exhibit during all show hours. Please view our list of Past Results to get an idea of the number of entries and types of needlework you'll see. Various needleworking techniques will be demonstrated during the show.

About Our Display

We have worked very hard over the years to improve our exhibit by building custom display stands so that the pieces may be viewed at eye level. We have also built custom slanted cushions to display beadwork and other small items. You can see these display stands in the gallery of our most recent Show Photos. Each item is listed in our Show Catalog along with its title, category, the entrantís name and a brief description of the piece. Each item on display is also accompanied by a display card.

About Our Judging Criteria

The following is a list of the judging criteria that will be used and their total points for each. The judge will award up to 40 points to each piece. You may follow the link for each topic to an article on evaluating your embroidery that first appeared in our newsletter discussing the subject in depth.

Do the stitches show good technique for this type of needlework or have they been executed poorly? (15 points Commercial, 10 points Original, Adaptation or Interpretation)
Color & Design
Does the color and/or combinations satisfy, or is the color effect inharmonious or even disturbing? Is the design fresh, imaginative, pleasing and well balanced? (10 points Commercial, 15 points Original, Adaptation or Interpretation)
Suitability of Materials
Are the fabrics, threads and stitches suited to each other and how well are they suited to the design and purpose of the piece? (5 points)
Is the presentation of the piece appropriate and well done? Does the finishing enhance the embroidery or does it detract or overpower it? (5 points)
What is the overall effect or feeling of the piece? Is the piece exciting, distinctive, splendid and impressive or average/competent? (5 points)

Entry Eligibility

All entries must be finished pieces from one of the categories of threaded needle techniques. Pieces may not have been entered in any previous Needle Arts Guild of Toledo Judged Show. Categories may be reassigned by the show committee or the judge if appropriate based on the piece. Entries must be submitted by the Wednesday before the show to be judged and the pieces must remain on display in the show until it closes at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.

It is preferred that all entries be submitted in person. Please note the item drop-off times above! If you are not in the local area or can not be at the library before it closes and wish to mail in your entries, prior approval and arrangements must be made with the show registrar. All shipment costs must be paid for by the entrant. The Needle Arts Guild of Toledo assumes no responsibility for pieces damaged during transit. Contact Susan Pellitieri at for information.


In addition to the regular Best in Show, Judgeís Choice, Guild Choice and Popular Choice awards, there will be a Triathlon award. This award will be for the entrant with the best average score in at least three categories, regardless of classification. Entrants may enter as many items as they wish in each category. The item with the highest score in each category will count towards the Triathlon score, which is the average of the entrantís three category scores. Only the top three scores are used if more than three categories are entered.

First Timers Award

In 2013, we added this new award to encourage new stitchers to enter our show. The highest scoring entry from a stitcher entering our show for the first time will receive this award.

Legacy Award

Over the years, we have lost several members. We have chosen to honor their memory with the Legacy Award. This award will be given by our judge to the piece that best shows creativity in an original or adapted design.

If you have any questions about entering in the show, please e-mail Susan Pellitieri at

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