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Arts and Crafts: Freelance Crafts

October 30, 2015

General Rules:

Crafts will be judged by grades.

  1.  A Champion and Reserve Champion will be selected for each grade in each craft if the judge feels there is an article of enough merit to deserve the honor. State Fair entries will be determined by the judges. Champions and Reserve Champions will be selected from the honor group.
  2. Members may exhibit in more than one craft project (example: 1 exhibit in freelance, 1 exhibit in models).
  1. All items must be complete and ready for use; if a picture, it must be ready for hanging; needlecraft projects are to be ready for intended use; all other crafts are to be finished as required.
  2. Each year should be a new learning experience, therefore, more difficult exhibits should be made each year.
  3. Needlework may be placed in clear plastic bag for display.
  4. A pair or set is considered one article, i.e. mittens, slippers, salt and pepper shakers, pitcher and bowl, tablecloth and/or napkins.
  5. Projects not meeting division requirements will be lowered one ribbon grade.
  6. All crafts must have a 4-H Craft Information Card attached to the project.
  7. If multiple pieces make up the exhibit, a photograph of the complete exhibit should be attached to the exhibit so the total exhibit can be properly displayed.
  8. For safety purposes, any craft exhibit that resembles a sword, knife, or a look-a-like weapon will be judged but will not be displayed.

Attach a completed 4-H Craft Information Card to your project.

Freelance includes any craft not covered by the craft listing under arts and crafts on the enrollment form.


  1. This project is divided by grades only.
  2. Only crafts not listed on the enrollment form may be entered in "Freelance” crafts.
  3. Acceptable freelance ideas: Candle wicking, (unless used with other embroidery stitches), tatting, string art, quilting, soft sculpture, machine embroidery, Swedish lace/Chicken scratch.
  4. The craft can be from either a kit or original.

 Exhibit: Exhibit one article or a set of articles that you have made. This project may be repeated however, the club member should choose a more difficult project each succeeding year. A pair or set is considered one article.


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