Arts and Crafts
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4-H Latch Hook Project

DIVISION/GRADE:

Level A – Grades 3, 4

Level B – Grades 5, 6

Level C – Grades 7, 8, 9

Level D – Grades 10, 11, 12

RULES:

RECORD SHEETS – A completed Arts and Crafts Record Sheet must be submitted with each Arts and Crafts exhibit at check-in time.

NOTE: If multiple pieces make up the exhibit, a photograph of the complete exhibit should be attached to the exhibit, so the total exhibit can properly be displayed. For safety purposes any craft exhibit that resembles a sword, knife, or look-a-like weapon will be judged but will not be displayed.

1. All crafts will be divided by category and division. Categories are:

A. Fine Arts – Painting: Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor   Drawing: Mono-chromatic and Multicolored

B. Needlecraft – 

                         Counted Cross Stitch      Crochet

                         Knitting and Tatting        Llama Craft

                         Embroidery (including crewel and huckweaving)

                         Other Needlecraft   (Needlepoint, Hand quilting, Needle-felting, Punch Needlework)

C. Basic Craft –  

                         Any Other Craft (including wet felted item, plastic canvas, macramé, and computerized art)

                         Basket Weaving               Leather

                         Candlemaking                  Plastercast and/or Plastercraft                

                         Cardmaking                     Recycled Craft

                         Ceramics Molded              Ceramics Hand-formed

                         Creative 3-D Art (Legos)   Latch Hook

                         Jewelry Making                 Woodcraft

2.    A 4-H member may enroll by selecting one to six of the Arts and Crafts projects listed above. The items must be different types. Example: Oil Painting and Leather; Hand-formed Ceramics and Candlemaking; Embroidery and Woodcraft; etc. Each year's project should be more difficult.

3.    ALL EXHIBITS MUST BE READY TO USE. All exhibits in Fine Arts MUST BE EXHIBITED READY FOR HANGING. Frames are not required but the exhibit must be suitable for hanging. Fine Arts exhibits MUST USE SCREW EYES AND WIRE FOR HANGING EXHIBITS in a frame.

Questions about appropriate type of display for a specific exhibit can be brought to the 4-H Council no later than the second Monday in June. All other wall hangings, such as crewel, latch hook, counted cross stitch, etc. must be framed or ready for hanging as appropriate to the item and craft type. Exhibits not complete or ready for hanging will be lowered one ribbon placing.

4.    All Fine Arts exhibits must be signed or initialed on the front of the picture.

5.    All Ceramic exhibits must be initialed in the greenware. This is to be fired into the ceramic exhibit. If felt is used on bottom, initial(s) must show.

6.    Any exhibit over 6 feet in size must get approval from the 4-H Council to exhibit at the Fair (except Recycled Craft – they can be no larger than 36”x36”x36”.)If a 4-H member is wishing to create a project larger than the 36”x36”x36” for recycled craft they must gain approval from the 4-H Council. Contact the Extension Office prior to the June 4-H Council meeting to be added to their agenda.

7.    Suggestions given for exhibits are just that—suggestions—and are in no way requirements.

8.    4-H members in advanced divisions of all craft projects are encouraged to experiment with original designs. If design is original, please include a card with each project that explains the origin of its design.

9.    Exhibits will be judged according to usefulness, originality, choice of material(s), suitability of design, workmanship, finish, and use of color.

10. 4-H members exhibiting in the Woodcraft and Recycled Craft categories must include a note with their project that tells about the materials used to create the exhibit as well as listing the use of the item for the judge. Exhibits without notes will be lowered one ribbon placing. Other crafts categories do not require notes, but if the 4-H member is not going to be present for judging, they may wish to attach a note with the exhibit for the judge telling about the exhibit.

11. Attach to project: 4-H 618A-W “4-H Information Card” for description of work completed on the project. (REQUIRED for State Fair, optional for county).

 

FINE ARTS:

Painting: Oils, acrylics, watercolor—use of one of these mediums on canvas, canvasboard, paper, or waterboard. These media use some liquid, whether it be turpentine (spirits of), linseed oil or oils or water for acrylics or watercolors to spread the paint. The use of paint-by-number pictures is discouraged.

Drawing: Use of graphite (pencil/colored pencil), charcoal, ink or pastels. Usually, water and/or any other medium is not used to enhance the performance of these media. Paper is generally used with these media. Drawings must be exhibited under glass; matting is optional. There are two categories of Drawing Projects: Mono-chromatic, and Multicolored.

FINE ARTS EXHIBIT: One completed picture ready to hang for home use. Refer to Rule #3 and #4 for exhibit requirements in Fine Arts. Paint on exhibit must be dry.

 

NEEDLECRAFT:

Counted Cross Stitch:

Level A – Make and EXHIBIT ONE article. Suggestions include simple formed items, paper weights, coasters, pin cushion, bibs, pot holders, placemats, etc. Work on Aida 11 or 14 cloth, Herta 6 count cloth or Gingham. Use cotton floss.

Level B – Do a more complicated pattern design. Suggestions include picture, bellpull, pillow, purse, etc. Work on Aida 11 or 14 cloth, Herta 6 count cloth, Gingham, Alba or Monza. Use Cotton Floss. Exhibit an article.

Level C – Do a larger, more complicated pattern design. Suggestions include towels, sweater, monogram clothing, pictures, pillows, etc. Work on Aida 14, 18 or 22 cloth, Hardanger, Waste Canvas, or even-weave fabric. Use Cotton Floss. Exhibit one article.

Level D – Continue to increase difficulty level of pattern design and size each year to show progress over previous year. Members are encouraged to work out original designs for patterns. May use Aida 18 or 22 cloth, perforated paper, linen, penelope canvas or even weave fabric. May use Silk or Rayon Floss. Exhibit an article made.

 

Embroidery:

Level A – Exhibit one small article using one, or a combination of, stitches. Suggestions: Bib, towel, pair of pillow cases, small picture, potholder or vanity scarf.

Level B – Exhibit one article using any stitches learned. Exhibit suggestions: picture, dresser scarf, etc.

Level C – Exhibit one article using stitches learned in this level with those previously learned.

Level D – Expand on what you have learned in previous levels. Exhibit one article.

 

Crochet:

Level A – Choose one of the following for your exhibit:

1.    one article, like a scarf, using single- or chain-crochet stitch, and using only one color of yarn.

2.    a pair of articles, like slippers or mittens, using chain-, single-, slip-stitch or a combination of stitches using only one color of yarn.

Level B – Choose one of the following:

1.    one article you made using single, double, and triple crochet stitches use only one color of yarn (may be variegated). 2.    a doily or doily set using chain-, half-double crochet; single- or double-crochet or slipstitch; or a combination of these. 3.    a large article using the afghan-stitch, cross-stitch design or a combination of stitches learned. Use one color of yarn. Yarn may be variegated.

Level C – Choose one of the following:

1. an article you made with set-in sleeves, that requires some fitting and shaping, using chain, single, double crochet, slipstitch or a combination of these stitches. You may use more than one color of yarn.

2.    using advanced stitches, make a rug, poncho, bedspread, cape, hat and scarf or afghan. You may use more than one color of yarn.

3.    design and make an article. Include pattern and instructions you have written. Articles could include coat, dress or jumper, or difficult afghan. You may use more than one color of yarn.

Level D – Expand on what you have learned in previous levels and exhibit.

 

Knitting:

Level A – Exhibit a head hugger, scarf, or pair of slippers using the stitches learned in Level A. Use one color of yarn.

Level B – Using only those stitches learned in Levels A and B, use one color of yarn (can be variegated) and choose one of the following for your exhibit:

1.    a fitted garment. Block the article. Include your stitch gauge swatch.

2.    an article that requires some fitting and shaping such as a shawl, sweater, vest, or afghan. Block the article.

Level C – Using only those stitches learned in Levels A, B and C, choose one of the following for your exhibit:

1.    one article that requires some fitting, shaping, and blocking. Use two or more colors of yarn.

2. make and block one large article (sweater, afghan, stole), or two smaller articles (pair of socks, mittens, gloves) or complete an outfit (mittens, scarf and tam; or mittens and booties). Use two or more colors of yarn.

3.    make an article and apply knitted lace edging. Use two or more colors of yarn.

4.    make a rug or bedspread. Use two or more colors of yarn.

Level D – Expand on what you have learned in previous levels and exhibit.

 

Other Needlecraft:

This category encompasses Needlepoint, Hand quilting, Needle-felting, Punch Needlework, and any other kind of work done with a needle not covered elsewhere.

Level A – Choose one of the following for your exhibit:

1.    make an article using one type of basic stitch, such as pin cushion, key ring, or bookmark.

2.    make an article using two or more stitches, such as Christmas ornament or coaster.

Level B – Choose one of the following for your exhibit:

1.    make an article using two types of stitches, such as picture, pillow or belt.

2.    make an article on canvas which has a stamped design.

Level C – Choose one of the following for your exhibit:

1.    make one large article using several different stitches.

2.    make two small articles using several different stitches.

3.    make an article which you designed.

4.    make any design on material other than canvas.

Level D – Expand on what you have learned in previous levels and exhibit.

 

Llama Craft:

**There are 3 divisions for this category: Clover (grades 3-5), Junior (grades 6-8), Senior (grades 9-12)

Exhibit will be judged on craftsmanship only. Crafts must have been made with in one (1) year of exhibit. Any craft item constructed with llama or alpaca fiber may be entered.

Craft may also contain other materials. Fiber may be processed (felted, spun, etc.) or unprocessed, and may have originated from any llama or alpaca.

Exhibits will consist of one(1) completed craft item, which can be a single item or a set, and a notebook explaining how the craft was made. There are 3 divisions for this category: Clover (grades 3-5), Junior (grades 6-8), Senior (grades 9- 12)

 

BASIC CRAFTS:

Any Other Craft:

All Levels - One article that does not fit in any other Basic Craft category. Plastic canvas, wet felted item, and macramé are part of this category.

 

Basket Weaving:

Basket styles listed as examples are suggestions only. FIRST TIME BASKET-MAKER : 4-H member SHOULD ENROLL IN THEIR GRADE division, then follow guidelines, from the Beginner Division, making simple additions such as curls, twining, or a wrapped handle to create a project for the proper age category. No added decorations on baskets—like silk flowers, ribbons, etc. unless made with basket-reed, and not for Level A.

Level A

3rd Grade – A square or rectangular basket without a handle, showing the basic over and under technique and a simple lashed rim. Colored reed may be used. Basket must be finished with a basket dye, basket stain or a clear sealer. No added decorations.

4th Grade – A square bottom or rectangular basket with handle. Use the basic over-under technique and a simple lashed rim. Twining may be used to show more difficulty. Example: Apple Basket, Market Basket, or Wine Basket.

Level B

5th Grade – A simple round-bottom basket with or without a handle. Example: “Susie’s Basket”, “Kelly’s Gathering Basket”, “Fancy Fruit Basket”, or “Folk Art Basket”. Use only decorations made from basket reed.

6th Grade – an advanced basket showing more degree of difficulty. Two or more different techniques should be used. Example: Melon Basket, Basket with a Braided Rim, Braided or Wrapped Handles, Triple Twining Curls, Twill Weaving, etc. 

Level C – 7th, 8th & 9th Grade – Baskets should continue to show an increased level of difficulty, using two or more different weaving techniques. Example: Egg Basket, Basket with Braided Rim, Braided or Wrapped Handles, Triple Twining, Curls, Twill Weaving, Grapevine Handles.

Level D – 10th Grade and Above – Baskets should be made using advanced weaving techniques and will be judged by degree of difficulty as well as quality of work. Examples: Herringbone Base, Twill Base, Grapevine Handle or Weave, Fancy Wrapped Handle, use of unique materials in basket construction, Triple Weaver, Randing, etc.

 

Candlemaking: Beeswax rolled and gel candles are not to be exhibited.

Level A – One candle using a 1-piece mold, one color, and no decoration. Remove from mold. It may be cylindrical, square, triangular or heart shaped. Exhibit candle in plain holder so that it may be removed to judge the bottom or in a flat box on a bed of soft tissue paper to prevent damage.

Level B – One or a pair of matched candles, with decoration added to either the inside and/or outside of the candle. Candles must be removed from their mold.

Level C – One or a pair of matched candles, using multiple colors. Candles must be removed from their mold.

Level D – Expand on what you learned in Levels A, B, and C. Candles must be removed from their mold or be hand formed.

 

Cardmaking

•      Computer generated cards are NOT part of this category; they belong in the Beginner level of the Computer project (if age is applicable).

•      Include a 3” x 5” or larger notecard explaining your exhibit. On the card, include tools you used and different techniques you used.

•      Writing a greeting on the inside and/or outside is optional.

•      Cards can be presented for judging in a basket or box and tied with a ribbon or yarn; however, because of space limitations, they will be exhibited in a zip-lock baggie.

Level A – Exhibit five (5) cards or gift tags (may or may not be related in theme) with or without envelopes using at least one technique from three different categories as listed in (a) through (g).

•     Category a) Rubber Stamping – using only one ink color per stamp

•     Category b) Application of dimensional elements

•     Category c) Apply Ribbon using adhesive, not stitching

•     Category d) Paper Punching

•     Category e) Paper Crimping

•     Category f) Use of Decorative Cut Scissors

•     Category g) Use of Windows

Level B – Exhibit five (5) cards or gift tags (may or may not be related in theme) with or without envelopes using any technique from Level A and at least one technique from two different categories as listed in (a) through (f).

•     Category a) Rubber Stamping – using two or more ink colors per stamp

•     Category b) Dry Embossing

•     Category c) Stitching

•     Category d) Piercing

•     Category e) Inserting Eyelets

•     Category f) Applying Brads or fasteners

Level C – Exhibit five (5) cards or gift tags (may or may not be related in theme) with or without envelopes using any technique from Level A and/or B and at least one technique from one category as listed in (a) through (e).

•     Category a) Two Step Stamping

•     Category b) Embossing using a heat tool

•     Category c) Coordinate a pre-made envelope with card

•     Category d) Construct an envelope for odd or over-sized cards

•     Category e) Add color to stamped image using watercolor, colored pencils, pastels, etc.

Level D – Exhibit five (5) cards or gift tags (may or may not be related in theme) with or without envelopes using any technique from Level A and expand on what you have learned in Levels A, B and C.

 

Ceramics: Molded Ceramics

•      All pieces must be fired in the kiln to be considered Ceramics.

•      All pieces must be cleaned (remove mold marks, blemishes, etc.) by the 4-H member.

•      Refer to Rule #5 under Arts & Crafts.

Greenware: A clay body that has not been fired in a kiln.

Bisque: Also known as white ware, it is the item after it has been fired in the kiln.

Glaze: A form of glass, which fuses to the clay body during firing in the kiln.

Stain: A non-fired decorative medium; manufactured with a variety of ingredients and either latex, acrylic, oil-base, or water-base colors.

Underglaze: A material that does not seal the surface of the ware, but must be used under a glaze and fired in the kiln.

Level A – Make a simple article using clear or crystal glazes and simple painting techniques. Articles could include flower pots, mugs, spoon holders, candle holders, simple figures or book ends. May use underglazes — NO STAINS.

Level B – One article or a set of articles using simple to modified molds, simple staining techniques, clear or crystal glazes. May use antiquing — NO DRY BRUSHING.

Level C – Choose one of the following:

•     one article using difficult molds, incorporating any of the glazing or staining techniques, that you have learned.

•     an article in porcelain, china painting, or stoneware.

Level D – Expand on what you have learned in Levels A, B and C.

 

Ceramics: Hand-Formed and Pottery

•      All pieces must be fired in the kiln to be considered ceramics.

Level A – One article made. Suggestions: candy dish, vase, decorative dish or tray, candle holders, etc.

Level B – One article made or a set of articles made.

Level C and D – One article or a set of articles which best represents what you have learned. Display exhibit pieces only.

 

Creative 3-D Art (Legos):

1.    Exhibitor may exhibit one display in Creative 3-D Art. Exhibit shall be constructed from Lego style blocks.

2.    Exhibits cannot exceed 28” wide by 36” long by 22” tall for 4-H members in grades 3 through 9 (Level A, B, & C). 4-H members in grades 10 through 12 (Level D) can have exhibits up to 36” by 36” by 36” in size. Absolutely no exceptions!

3.    All Creative 3-D Art exhibits must be displayed on a board. Boards must be rigid (no posterboard, or cardboard) and may not be more than one inch larger than the creation. Suggested methods of attachment include string, twist-ties, wire, double sided tape or poster tack that can be removed during judging and replaced for display.

4.    A note should be attached to the exhibit explaining the creation. The note should state if the creation is an original design or a kit, how you selected the design, how long it took to assemble, etc.

5.    Exhibits will be judged on workmanship, difficulty, and originality.

Level A – One simple creation using a kit or an original design.

Level B – One creation using a kit or an original design.

Level C – One creation using an original design (Kits are not allowed at this level).

Level D – One creation using an original design (Kits are not allowed at this level).

 

Jewelry Making:

Jewelry can be strung, beaded, silverwork, or a combination of methods. All jewelry projects should be displayed on a board, in a box, or on a jewelry form; however, because of space limitations, they will be exhibited in a zip-lock baggie. Include a card with your project explaining how the jewelry was made (strung with wire, type of beads used, etc.) and the materials you used to make it (glass beads, sterling silver, etc.), whether or not a kit was used or the design is original, and any other information you feel would be useful for the judge to know.

Level A and B (Grades 3 – 6) – Exhibit a single necklace, a single bracelet, a pair (2) of earrings, or other single item.

For Levels A & B the “original design” will have a Res. Champ & Champ and the “kit” will have a Res. Champ and Champ.

Level C & D (Grades 7 – 12) – Exhibit a more complex single article or a set of articles. A set can be a bracelet and necklace, necklace and pair of earrings, bracelet and pair of earrings, or any combination of articles.

Each level of Jewelry should be more difficult and complex than the year before.

 

Latch Hook:

Level A – Make a small pillow, picture, or rug in a simple design. Pictures should be ready for hanging. Kits are permissible.

Level B – Choose one of the following:

•      make an article from a kit using a variety of color and a more advanced design. Pictures must be ready for hanging. •      make your own design on the canvas and coordinate the colors of the article.

Level C and D – One article made. Combine the use of other materials in the exhibit, such as furs, felt, etc. Develop patterns with personal touch such as rug wall hangings, pictures using lettering for names, dates, and/or events; or develop patterns that have special meaning.

•      Completed exhibits must be bound and finished on the back either with cloth binding or by folding the raw edge inside the latch hook as shown in the Arts & Crafts Project Information. Folding the raw edges under and whipping/sewing them down or using masking tape as a finish are not acceptable.

 

Leather: (Suede cannot be used for this project.)

Level A – A belt, coasters, small purse, key case, etc. using a simple design. Edges can be either slick or laced.

Level B – A belt, small purse, key case, billfold, etc. which has been carved and designed. Lacing can be added if needed.

Level C – Choose one of the following:

•      an article which has had simple carving and dyeing techniques used on it such as billfolds and purses.

•     an advanced article which requires advanced carving and dyeing such as bridles, saddles, bowling bags, etc.

Level D – Expand on what you learned in Levels A, B and C.

 

Plastercast and/or Plastercraft:

Level A – One article using simple forms and simple painting techniques. Any finish may be used.

Level B – One article or set of articles. Use simple to modified forms. May use metal and wood finishes, antiquing, and any type of painting.

Level C – One article or set of articles. Any techniques may be used. Use modified to difficult forms.

Level D – Expand on what you learned in Levels A, B, and C.

 

Recycled Craft:

All Levels - Exhibit one article made from items that have been previously used in one form and are now being recycled to be used in another form. i.e. a previously worn boot turned into a lamp.

•     Include a note describing the methods/materials and use of the exhibit.

•      All recycled craft projects shall not exceed 36” x 36” x 36”.

•     Refer to project manual for exhibit guidelines.

 

Woodcraft:

Level A – A sealed and finished, small undecorated article such as a box, picture frame, puzzle, candle holders, etc. No decoration is to be applied. Include a card telling what you have done.

Level B – Article such as a wooden plate, bread board, box, puzzle, plaque, etc. using new techniques that you have learned. Include a card telling what you have done.

Level C – Choose one of the following:

•     one or more articles using gouging, inlay, carving, wood chipping or woodburning. Include a card telling what you have done.

Level D – Expand on what you have learned in Levels A, B and C. Include a card telling what you have done.

   

STATE FAIR ENTRY: Two Fine Arts exhibits, two Needlecraft exhibits, 1 llama craft per level, and a total of six Craft exhibits from all of the other categories.

By Ashley Forth Schultz, Extension Educator - 4-H Youth Development
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