Handicrafts & Folk Art


Handicrafts & Folk Art

Hello and Welcome to Handicrafts & Folk Art Group!
A group to share your flair towards creations/objects that originated from traditional cultures; especially forms of traditionally-made works of art and craft, that feature everyday or festive items, decorations, and skill of the hand.
Basically, this is the place to revive the dying activity of Folk Art and promote Handicrafts.

Share with the rest of us what you are working on; your Handicrafts and/or Folk Art; share tips, techniques, and even tutorials; favourite tools and appropriate material to use; any folk artist or culture you find inspiring; anything that can spread the love & passion, and preserve these customs!
Feel free to post or start your own discussion.

Just a few guidelines:

  • Please keep all discussions relevant to handicrafts and folk art!
  • Be friendly and considerate in your posts.
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Thanks for joining & have fun!

Members: 110
Latest Activity: Oct 14, 2017


This is a Group for individuals to share their passion for crafted objects; skill with their hands; and, an interest in traditional folk culture.

Some handicrafts and decorative arts, that can be shared within this group, are classified here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Handicraft#List_of_common_handicrafts

Looking forward to share ideas and fantastic artwork :D

Here are some tips for where to post in the group:

  • If you're just dropping by to say hello and share your latest handicraft or folk artwork, you can post in the Show & Tell section by typing into the text box at the bottom of this screen.  The Show & Tell area is best when you aren't necessarily looking for a response to your post.  
  • On the other hand, if you want to start a discussion and exchange thoughts and ideas with other members, it's usually best to create a new discussion by clicking the "Add a Discussion" button at the bottom of the Discussion Forum section of this page. 

Click here to learn how to upload images into your forum posts (which is important so that people can see your art within the post, rather than as an attachment link beneath your post).

Discussion Forum

how to do folk art

Started by Barbara Cullen. Last reply by Barbara Cullen Oct 14, 2017. 1 Reply

I've just started to change from watercolour to doing brighter painting and more what I call direct art and feel it tends to lean towards Folk…READ MORE

Nee Color For The Walking Sticks And Canes

Started by Randy Spencer. Last reply by Judie Martinez Nov 9, 2015. 5 Replies

What do you think of the new color for Kentucky Walking Sticks and Canes?I think it's a really nice new look.I would appreciate your comments and suggestions.…READ MORE

The Dancer

Started by Alfred James. Last reply by Alfred James Aug 17, 2015. 2 Replies

The DancerMade from a piece of Leylandii branch that looked vaguely familiar until I trimmed off the other twigs and stripped off the bark to…READ MORE

Secret Weapon For Finding Curled Sticks

Started by Randy Spencer. Last reply by flavia coropatnitchi Feb 23, 2015. 1 Reply

Just watched a show on National Geographic where a man trained his dog to find moose antlers. Well, take a look at Trip the stick hunting dog. People ask, "Randy, how do you find all those curled sticks?" Now you know my secret!…READ MORE

Where Do You Sell

Started by Randy Spencer Feb 9, 2015. 0 Replies

Do any of you guys sell your walking sticks and canes on Etsy?I created an Etsy site to sell some of the walking sticks and canes, however I'm not sure how to promote the Etsy store.Any suggestions?I sell on my website, but I'm looking for other…READ MORE

Work In Progress

Started by Randy Spencer. Last reply by michele josiane martin Nov 23, 2014. 3 Replies

The four carved snake walking sticks are a work in progress.Once complete each staff will have world globe paper weight mounted onto the top of each staff.I'm planning to…READ MORE

Bright Colored Carved Snake Walking Stick

Started by Randy Spencer Nov 12, 2014. 0 Replies

Just putting the finishing touches on the walking stick.Although,…READ MORE

Red And White Carved Snake Walking Stick

Started by Randy Spencer Nov 8, 2014. 0 Replies

The walking stick is about 48" tall and the snake is white with red spots.Finished work on it this afternoon.What do you think?Do you like the colors?Any suggestions?…READ MORE

This Is Where The Curled Sticks Grow

Started by Randy Spencer Oct 31, 2014. 0 Replies

DO you see the curled stick in the picture?This is the kind of place where the curled stick grow, lot's of vines and briars.Cold weather is here in Kentucky. Time to get out the Gerber saw and look for curled sticks.…READ MORE

Kentucky Walking Cane With Worm Tunneling

Started by Randy Spencer. Last reply by Anton Abela Oct 30, 2014. 1 Reply

What do you think of this walking stick? I stained the walking stick, painted the worm tunneling green, and coated the walking stick with three layers of Minwax polyurethane.…READ MORE

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Comment by Renu Ahuja on April 7, 2013 at 9:48am

Hi Sussanne

thanks for your beautiful comments on my art and your fascination towards Indian art. thanks to you. I am Indian by birth and living in Dubai, UAE form last 11 years. i have three kids and i like to spend time with them and do some creations, they also get very inspired seeing various possibilities in creation.

thanks to all of you

Comment by Renu Ahuja on April 7, 2013 at 4:25am

Thanks Riya, i loved your patterns with thread, they are amazing and eye catching. In fact you are right that this group created by Anton is amazing where everyone can share what they do more than canvas painting. thanks Anton for the invitation and i m proud to be a member of it.

Comment by Anton Abela on April 5, 2013 at 3:27pm

Riya, you keep on amazing me.
Your lace-making skills are fantastic... these doilees are very much in-tune to the ones done on our little island. Are you sure you are not Maltese?
Saw some done by Hungarian folk crafters (but unlike these you did, and the ones I find locally, the Hungarian ones have more bright colours in them).
My favourite one is the Square one, with the squarish hole in the middle. Never seen one such like it... and the pattern really struck my fancy :)

Can't wait to see the lace cushions you did! :D

Comment by Anton Abela on April 5, 2013 at 3:24pm

Rosalind the red blossoming flowers are pure bliss... really like the impasto, thick texture you used for such a delicate subject. Like the rhythm you have created with the colour and shapes :)

The last post of the Sumi-e Ink on Rice paper, is that a necklace? That is a base, drawing in, and shut everything with a glass/resin cabochon?!
It is cool... love silhouette drawings; there is something mysterious and enigmatic with them... so a very well-done on this last post ;)

Comment by Anton Abela on April 5, 2013 at 3:21pm

Darlene, very nice sheen and execution of the Cajun Moon Face - so reminiscent of festivals. It reminded me of our Carnival and Mardi Gras.
Really like the moon's expression, she does appear to be enjoying herself as well :D

I don't know why, but in our culture the moon is male and the sun female? Is this the same, or does this change from location to location?

Comment by Anton Abela on April 5, 2013 at 3:19pm

Hello Barbara, well done on the Mrs. O'Brien doll; she looks true to the drawing. like what Susanne said, I am pretty sure that the teacher will treasure this doll :)
Yes I did post that link of using Children's Art as the basis of dolls and toys... but can't find the original post ... hehe... guess I post too much!

Comment by Anton Abela on April 5, 2013 at 3:17pm

Many thanks for sharing your technique and the materials used for the Money Tree Renu... never imagined that the base was that note/photo display holder. Fantastic.

I must say, that the altered chocolate box base and the button tree is much to my liking... So simple, yet at the same time so complex :)

Comment by Anton Abela on April 5, 2013 at 3:14pm

WoW 24 members and can't keep up with the posts :p

You're all more than welcome and many thanks for your comments.

Sharon it is great that you will delve into Spanish Folk... it is always great to see what is happening outside my little island :)

Personally, I don't do much handicrafts and crafts... in case you don't know the story, one of the very first sugar skulls I did from clay, exploded in the oven for me; tried to sew fabric together and sewed it to my cuff etc etc. There are other occasions when I had a near miss from disaster... so to cut a long story short, I am a bit of an accident-prone clumsy individual.
But will try and am willing to learn! :)

Comment by rosalind clarke on April 5, 2013 at 3:05pm

sumi-e ink on rice paper

Comment by Debbie Rippie on April 4, 2013 at 7:28pm

Lovely tatting Riya.  I never learned to do any yarn or string work...maybe someday.


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