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Arts and Crafts: Leather

May 13, 2016

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.

 (Grades 3-5)


  1. Obtain leather to work with. Learn kinds and working qualities of leather.
  2. Practice the correct way to handle stamping tools and how to hold a mallet so as not to tire easily.
  3. Learn how much moisture to use in working leather.
  4. Practice making simple and original designs with stamping tools. Slick edges of belts, coasters, and key cases.
  5. Use single overlay lacing, where needed.

Exhibit: Select a small article to stamp with a simple design. Slick edges and/or lace as required. Examples of articles: belt, coaster, small purse, key case.

 (Grades 6-8)


  1. 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.
  2. Learn double overlay lacing in items such as purses and billfolds.

Exhibit: Select an article to tool and carve. Apply designs and lace if needed. Example of articles: belt, small purse, key case, billfold.

(Grades 9-12)


This division may be repeated; however, the club member should choose a more difficult project each succeeding year.

Practice developing skills in the following:

  1. Dyeing-use proper techniques. Example - use green or blue dyes on an article before dyeing it black.
  2. Tools for figure carving.
  3. Learn the different grades of leather.
  4. Learn to cut your own hides.
  5. Learn to do all the work from cutting a piece of leather to using your own designs.

 Exhibit: Exhibit one article including figure carving and dyeing. Example: purse, bridle, bowling bags, picture, etc.



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