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Crafts (Baskets, Ceramics, Fine Arts, Model Craft, Needlecraft, and Any Other Craft)

Manual Requirements: All divisions – 4-H 618 A-W “4-H Craft Information Card” Turn in completed Craft Record Sheet with each craft project.

STATE FAIR ENTRY: A county can enter a maximum of 12 craft exhibits in any combination of the four State Fair classes: Fine Arts, Needlecraft, Model Craft, and Any Other Craft. Newton County will exhibit: 3 All Other Craft, 1 Basket, 1 Ceramics, 2 Fine Arts, 1 Gift Wrap, 1 Model Craft, 1 Needlecraft, 2 Scrapbook.


Check with your County Extension Office for your county's specific project offerings and requirements. 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.



  1. Crafts, except Ceramics, will be organized by the grade of the 4-Her during the current calendar year. The

     categories are: Beginner:  Grades 3, 4, 5; Intermediate:  Grades 6, 7, 8; Advanced:  Grades 9, 10, 11, & 12.

  1. A member may enter three Crafts projects. However, the Crafts must not be of the same medium. For example,

     a member may enter three (3) needle craft projects, one knitted, one embroidered, and one cross stitch; or a

     member may enter one latch hook, one model, and one ceramic; or a member may enter three (3)   

     miscellaneous basic craft projects, one paper craft, one stained glass, and one 3-D puzzle.

  1. Paint-by-number kits are not acceptable.
  2. All articles must be finished and ready to use. For example, any picture or wall hanging must be ready for


  1. A craft exhibit with more than one article and titled a "set" must be two or more items obviously together,

     matching, or coordinating in design.

  1. For both State and County Fairs, attach to project 4-H 618 A-W “4-H Craft Information Card” for

    description of work completed on 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 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



  1. A. BASKETS -- Contact Project Leader: Jennifer Weaver 765-376-0668 or if you have any questions about Baskets.

The intent of the basket project is to keep learning new techniques each year and to gradually increase the level of difficulty.  Complete a craft record sheet each year of the project.  It is particularly important to describe the new skills learned each year so that it can be shared with the judge.


Exhibit Requirements:

Level 1 (Grades 3-4)

Grade 3 – Exhibit a square basket with no handles showing the basic over and under technique and a simple lashed rim.  Twining around the base is optional.  Colored reed could be used.  Example: Bread Basket, Muffin Basket, Fruit Basket.  Requirements: Minimum size: 5”x5” square.  Weaving Technique: over/under ONLY.

Grade 4 – Exhibit a rectangle basket with handle.  Twining could be used to show more difficulty.  Example: Apple Basket, Market Basket. Requirements:  Minimum size: 5”x6”.  Weaving Technique: over/under, twining, and triple twining.

Level 2 (Grades 5-6)

This should be an advanced basket showing greater degree of difficulty.  This basket will use the basic basket making techniques used in years 1-3 along with the addition of one different technique.

Grade 5 – Exhibit a round bottom basket with or without handle. Example: Susie’s Basket, Kelly’s Gathering, fancy Fruit Basket, Fold Art Basket.  Requirements: Minimum of 6” diameter.  Weaving Techniques: twining (base) and over/under (walls). Curls and triple twining for added detail or optional.

Grade 6 – Exhibit a ribbed melon basket with a wrapped or braided handle.

Level 3 (Grades 7-8)

Grade 7 – Exhibit a basket with a “cats head” base.

Grade 8 – Exhibit a basket using twill weaving for a base and walls.

Level 4 (Grades 9-12)

It is encouraged to combine multiple techniques, to make your own weaving variations, to make your own basket pattern, to purposely alter an original pattern, and /or use uncommon weaving materials.  Baskets will be judged by degree of difficulty as well as quality of work. Baskets should be made using one advanced weaving technique not previously used in years past.


  1. B. CERAMICS USING GREENWARE – Contact Project Leader: Sally Conn 219-275-5615 or if you have any questions about Ceramics.
  2. State Fair entry allowed. If Grand Champion decides not to send theirs, the Reserve Grand Champion would be the alternate.
  3. All pieces must be paid for in full before judging.
  4. Objects must be well-cleaned.
  5. All seams must be smooth with no rough edges.
  6. All exhibits must be ready for use. Bottoms must be finished.
  7. Animal nose and toenails will not count as a color if in Black only. Eyes may be Black, plus a second color for the iris.
  8. In under glazing, all shades of a color count as one (1) color. For example, dark blue, medium blue, and light blue are all shades of blue and count as one color, not three (3).
  9. You must complete Division 1 before advancing to the upper divisions regardless of your age when beginning.
  10. If you win Champion or Reserve Champion in your division you MUST advance to the next division. If you do not win Division Champion or Reserve Champion, you may stay in the same division for 2 years only.
  11. All ceramic items should be dated by scratching the month and year on the bottom of the greenware.


Division 1: Glaze a simple article using a one color glaze.  Exhibit one glazed article. Example would be animal with color in eyes or nose.

Division 2: Stain a fired article. Use no dry brushing or other advanced technique. Exhibit article.

Division 3: Stain and then antique a fired article. Use no dry brushing or other advanced technique. Exhibit article.

Division 4 and Above (Advanced): Select any combination of the following techniques. Each year use a different combination than you have selected before. On a 3" x 5" index card, write the techniques used and what you have learned. Cards will be collected after judging by Project Leader.

  1. Stained or glazed article using artificial snow h. Air brushing
  2. Fired decals i. Clay lifting
  3. Modified greenware j. Chalks      
  4. Dry brushing k. Scrafiti (etching design on greenware then paint design)
  5. Translucent stains with glazes l. Any other technique approved by project
  6. Translucents leader or Extension Educator                                    
  7. Overglazes, Gold firing and mother-of-pearl                   


  1. C. FINE ARTS - oil, charcoal, pastels, pencil, ink, acrylic or watercolor - on canvas, canvas board or paper, framed as a picture and prepared for hanging on a wall. Please use a wire hanger.  Saw tooth hangers do not work on our walls. Canvas art on a wooden frame is considered prepared for hanging provided that frame has a hanger.



Exhibits must be a small scale replica and meet the following criteria:

  • Must be of injected styrene plastics
  • At least 25% of the exhibit must be painted
  • Wood, paper, clay, die-cast, or snap together models are not permitted
  • Screws are not permitted
  • Pre-painted or pre-decaled factory models are not permitted
  • Legos are not considered models and are to be exhibited as Any Other Craft
  • If the model is being built from a kit, include a copy of the instructions with the craft information card.


Note: Enroll Lego-type models in Construction Toys project.  Model kits are suggested, many types are available. Models to be displayed on a board, mirror, or other hard surfaced material, in size proportional to the model. You may cover your display with clear plastic for protection. Plastic covering must be removable for judging. Use model glue, not white school glue. Use enough glue to hold model together for moving. Attach a 3”x5” or 4”x8” card explaining what was done, how it was done and how many hours spent. (This is to help the judge if a member is not present for judging).


Advanced Division members may exhibit a diorama. A diorama is a display of a three-dimensional foreground and a flat or rounded background to create a realistic effect. The foreground is usually a model with some sort of landscape featuring people, animals, vehicles, equipment, or buildings, etc., and the background may be a photograph, drawing, or painting, etc.


  1. E. NEEDLE CRAFT - Includes but is not limited to (Hand work) Knitting, embroidery, crocheting, needlepoint, crewel, candlewicking, chicken scratching, hand quilting, tatting, huck embroidery, hemstitching; also pulled, drawn and counted thread work and punch needle work. Does not include latch hook, plastic canvas, machine knitting, machine quilting or arm knitting/crocheting.


  1. F. ANY OTHER CRAFT - Includes but is not limited to bread dough, candle-making, decoupage, dried or silk weeds and flowers, lapidary, latch hook, macramé, metal, mosaics, paper craft, paper mache, plaster crafts, plastic canvas, quilling, sand painting, 3-D puzzle, tube or textile painting, wearable art, etc.


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