Leathercraft should be of interest to boys and girls in rural or urban areas. It complements other projects using leather products, such as the livestock, horse and clothing projects. Use your creativity to create projects and learn new skills. You will appreciate the natural beauty and usefulness of leather, learn the principles of good design, learn to be creative, original and strive for quality craftsmanship.

Leathercraft, Level 1

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

Select and tool two or more articles, practice simple lacing, finishing and assembly of leather articles, keep accurate records of costs and skills gained and share information with others.

MATERIALS

4-H Introduction to Leathercraft and Creative Stamping, Unit 1, CO2001C, $3.50
L 4-H Leaders Guide, Adventures in Leathercraft, CO2000, $3.50

Leathercraft, Level 2

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

You will use basic leather carving tools, practice elementary sketching and design, select, carve and tool two or more articles; share information with others and keep accurate records of costs and experiences.

MATERIALS

Beginning Leather Carving, Unit 2, CO2002C, $3.50
4-H Leaders Guide, Adventures in Leathercraft, CO2000, $3.50

Leathercraft, Level 3

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

You will select, carve and tool two or more articles, including one or more of the following: inverted carving techniques, beginning dyeing, lining, simple molding and shaping or hand stitching. You will also share information learned and keep accurate records of project costs and experiences.

Leathercraft, Level 4

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

You will learn how to figure carve and emboss. You will also perfect skills from previous levels, share information and keep accurate records of project costs and experiences.

Leathercraft, Level 5

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

You will learn about solid color dyeing and shading, peer teaching, leading a class and keeping accurate records of project costs and experiences.

Leathercraft, Level 6

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

You will learn more about carving, dyeing and shading. You will also select one or more pictures, scenes or portraits to carve, frame or mount the picture and share information with others. You will keep accurate records of project costs and experiences.

Leathercraft, Level 7

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

You will make or rebuild a saddle, study references on saddle making and share information with others while keeping accurate records of project costs and experiences.

MATERIALS FOR LEVELS 3-7

4-H Leathercraft Members Manual Levels 3-7, CO2003C, $3.50
4-H Leaders Guide, Adventures in Leathercraft, CO2000, $3.50

Leathercraft Creations

Units 8-10 focus on the creative use of leather. This project should be carried for more than one year per level, depending on your desired skills and interests.

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS - UNIT 8

You will develop a pattern using stamping tools, create balance in design and color and apply color to stamped designs. You will also tool two or more articles using creative design.

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS - UNIT 9

You will make two or more articles using non-tooled and non-sewn techniques like lacing, braiding, expanding, and sculpting.

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS - UNIT 10

You will learn about selecting the type of leather and patterns for leather projects. You will make two or more items using sewing techniques.

MATERIALS FOR UNITS 8-10

4-H Leathercraft Members Manual Levels 8-10, CO2008, $2.50
4-H Leaders Guide, Adventures in Leathercraft, CO2000, $3.50

Leathercraft Independent Study

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