4-H Leather Craft Project

Exhibits must be finished and ready to use. All craft articles that are framed will be required to have a dust cover on the back and must be ready to hang (if applicable). Project member may exhibit only one article per year, or if a set, exhibit the complete set.

The articles made by the 4-Her are to be permanently identified with the year of completion. If an article is
exhibited without a date, the project leader will date the article at time of judging.

Examples of articles: belt, coasters, small or full size purse, key case, billfold, bridles, saddles, Tote bags,
stools, etc.

Exhibit Guidelines

Beginner (grades 3- 5):

Exhibit an article or set which you have used a minimum of two of the following techniques/applications: stain and/or lacquer, stamping, tooling, lacing, or pattern transfer.

Intermediate (grades 6-8):

Exhibit an article or set which is of greater difficulty using guidelines listed in bold from Beginner Division and /or one of the following: antique, branding, dyes, filigree and other style pattern punching. A minimum of three techniques/applications from this combined list is required.

Advanced (grades 9-12):

Exhibit an article or set which is of greater difficulty and/or using different leather type(s) than projects completed from past years. Techniques and applications may include any of those already learned and listed above and/or may include others, such as (but not limited to): air brush, figure carving, inverted leather carving, pictorial carving, embroidery, upholstery, rubberstamping, leather garment making (i.e.) coat, chaps, vests, etc… Leather type used in this division is not limited to vegetable or nature tanned leather and may include: velvet pig and/or cow suede, hair-on hides/skins, upholstery grade leather, exotic leather, etc.

Judging (All Divisions):

Craft Information Card - 4-H 618a-W should be attached to the article (or set) using tape, string, safety pin, or another suitable means for the project at hand. Both front and back side of the card may be used (if needed). Card can be hand written or typed. Examples of possible responses / scenarios are included here for reference purposes only.


Within each group (Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced) a champion and reserve is chosen. (These champions compete with other champions in Basic Crafts for Grand, Reserve Grand and State Fair selections.)

Leather Craft Record Sheet:

One Boone County 4-H Leather Craft Record Sheet should be filled out for each craft project taken. A completed record sheet is to be submitted with the project exhibit at check-in time.