HGC Ratings Requirements (revised 2022):

The purpose of these ratings is to offer formal Guild recognition to members who are interested in expanding their knowledge and skills and are willing to expose their work to a formal critiquing process. Ratings work is an exercise; it is not necessarily an example of your particular style. Items woven from published projects, such as in Handwoven Magazine, are not acceptable. 

Every article must be handwoven by the applicant. Workmanship, function, design, and originality must be acceptable to the judges. An applicant must first satisfy the requirements for Apprentice, and then Journeyman prior to applying for Master Weaver rating. Each guild member may apply for only one rating level per year. Submissions for ratings are due each year at the March state-wide guild meeting. An applicant must be an HGC member in good standing by January 1 of the year in order to submit their handwoven articles for ratings.

A network of mentors, knowledgeable to the process (at least holding the journeyman ratings or the equivalent) will be available to lead and help when there are questions about understanding directions or checking finished pieces. The mentors will give suggestions to the best of their ability. Contact the Ratings chair(s) to get the name of the mentor for your Area. 

The Ratings Chairperson shall select two judges, one of which shall be a Master Weaver or the equivalent. Submissions are due at the March meeting, every year, with awards presented at the May meeting. Work submitted for one rating may not be resubmitted for a higher rating. Submitted work should be carefully boxed. The weaver should not be identified by name on any article or notebook. A candidate whose work has not met the requirements may reapply within two years, with new pieces replacing the rejected ones.

Entry Fees will be collected by the chairperson at the time of submission:

The following book list and glossary may be helpful in your work

The Weaver's Companion
Login, Linda et al
The Shuttle-Craft Book of American Weaving
Atwater, Mary
New Key to Weaving
Black, Mary
The Weaving Book
Bress, Helene
Learning to Weave
Chandler, Deborah
A Handweaver's Pattern Book
Davison, Marguerite
Techniques of Rug Weaving
Collingwood, Peter
A Handweaver's Pattern Directory
Dixon, Anne
Designing and Drafting for Handweavers
Frey, Berta
Tapestry Weaving
Harvey, Nancy
A Weaver's Book of 8-Shaft Patterns
Strickler, Carol
The Weaver's Book
Tidball, Harriet
The Complete Book of Drafting
Van der Hoogt, Madelyn
Processing and Finishing Handwoven Textiles
Weavers' Guild of Boston
Finishing Touches for the Handweaver
West, Virginia

Calculations: Click here for suggestions for common calculations.


  • Article: a usable, finished item

  • Cartoon: a design on paper that can be placed under the web

  • Damask: a patterned satin weave structure which combines weft-faced satin and warp-faced satin in block form, requiring a minimum of 10 shafts

  • Draft: a graphic representation of threading, tie-up, and treadling. X's indicate a sinking shed; O's indicate a rising shed

  • Drawdown: a picture of the cloth on graph paper, showing at least 1 1/2 repeats of the weave structure

  • Finishing: the fulling or washing of an article, as well as its pressing, hemming, and/or fringing

  • Originality: the quality of freshness and uniqueness

  • Pattern: The arrangement of blocks or units of a weave structure

  • Profile Draft: a shorthand method for writing a threading draft

  • Satin: a weave structure based on a unit of 5 or more ends, with binding points set over two or more ends on successive picks distributed in an unobtrusive manner

  • Tabby (plain weave):  A simple over and under interlacement of warp and weft

  • Twill: a weave structure characterized by the formation of diagonal lines

  • Weave structure:  refers to the interlacement of threads

    • Loom-controlled weaves include:

      • Plain Weave (Balance, Basket, Rep, etc.)

      • Twill (2/2, Warp-faced, Weft-face, etc.)

      • Satin (Damask, etc.)

    • Weaver-controlled weaves include:

      • Inlay

      • Leno

      • Danish Medallion, etc

    • For more definitions of terms, see the booklist

General Information

  1. Sizes listed are for finished articles and are minimum sizes. You are permitted to make larger pieces.

  2. Articles should be properly finished.

  3. All visible stitching should be done by hand.

  4. Pillows should be left unstuffed so that selvages may be judged. Pillow seams may be machine-stitched on three sides, leaving the fourth side unstitched to facilitate inspection.

  5. Wall hangings must be ready to hang.

  6. A notebook must accompany each rating application.  Include a Table of Contents and number pages of the notebook consecutively.  Written work should be neat and legible and may be computer generated.  Drafts and drawdowns may be computer generated.

    • For each submitted article include:

      • A Handweavers' Guild of Connecticut official Ratings Draft Information sheet.

      • A complete draft showing threading, treadling and tie-up.  The threading should indicate floating selvedge if used; the tie-up should indicate rising or sinking shed; the treadling should indicate if tabby is used but not graphed.

      • A drawdown for each draft is encouraged for apprentice and required for journeyman and master.

      • Samples of warp and weft yarns

  7. All articles must be labeled with appropriate letter(s) and/or number(s) to correspond with notebook pages. Include cartoons where necessary.

  8. Use any type of loom, from backstrap to computer assisted, unless otherwise noted.