- State Fair Qualifiers: 2 Needlecrafts, 2 Fine Arts Crafts, 2 Model Making Crafts, 6 Any Other Crafts per county in any division
- All posters, notebooks, and display boards must include a reference list indicating where information was obtained, giving credit to the original author, to complete the 4-H member’s exhibit. This reference list should/might include web site links, people and professionals interviewed, books, magazines, etc. It is recommended this reference list be attached to the back of a poster or display board, be the last page of a notebook, or included as part of the display visible to the public. A judge is not to discredit an exhibit for the manner in which references are listed.
- Crafts will be judged by Grades at the County Level; there are no Grade distinctions at the State Level.
- A Champion and Reserve Champion will be selected from those in each Grade in each craft who have earned an honor ribbon if the judge feels there is an article of enough merit to be deserving.
- State Fair entries will be determined by the judges.
- Members may exhibit in more than one craft project (i.e. 1 exhibit in freelance and 1 exhibit in models).
- All items must be complete and ready for use; if a picture, it must be ready for hanging; canvas art on a wooden frame is considered prepared for hanging provided that frame has a hanger. Needlecraft projects are to be ready for intended use; all other crafts are to be finished as required.
- Each year should be a new learning experience, therefore, more difficult exhibits should be made each year.
- A pair or set is considered one article, i.e. mittens, slippers, salt and pepper shakers, pitcher and bowl, tablecloth and/or napkins, etc.
- All crafts must have a 4-H Craft Information Card attached to the project.
- 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.
- 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.
Beginner: Grades 3-5
- Obtain leather to work with. Learn kinds and working qualities of leather.
- Practice the correct way to handle stamping tools and how to hold a mallet so as not to tire easily.
- Learn how much moisture to use in working leather.
- Practice making simple and original designs with stamping tools. Slick edges of belts, coasters, and key cases. Use single overlay lacing, where needed.
- Exhibit a small article stamped with a simple design. Slick edges and/or lace as required. Examples of articles: belt, coaster, small purse, key case.
Intermediate: Grades 6-8
- Practice on leather scrap pieces to learn the tooling technique and the correct use of the swivel knife, how deep to cut, and decorative cuts. Designs need not be original, but your own designs will add a personal charm.
- Learn double overlay lacing in items such as purses and billfolds.
- Exhibit an article tooled and carved. Apply designs and lace if needed. Example of articles: belt, small purse, key case, billfold.
Advanced: Grades 9-12
This division may be repeated; however, the club member should choose a more difficult project each succeeding year.
- Develop Dyeing Skills: use proper techniques. Example - use green or blue dyes on an article before dyeing it black.
- Learn about and use tools for figure carving.
- Learn the different grades of leather.
- Learn to cut your own hides.
- Learn to do all the work from cutting a piece of leather to using your own designs.
- Exhibit one article including figure carving and dyeing. Example: purse, bridle, bowling bags, picture, etc.