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 Riya on April 4, 2013 at 6:48pm

I almost forgot, Thank you so much Anton for the infitation. I love this concept and it is just great to see what we all are doing more than painting, trades and mixedmedia work. 

Comment by Riya on April 4, 2013 at 6:29pm

What a lovely creations you all have made. Love your art Renu, it is so diverse i absolutely love the tree with the buttons, Mrs O'Brien is adorable wel done Barbara, i really like the keychains with the peperbeads,  and the flowers are so gorgeous, Darlene's Moonface is so colourful really would love to see Mardy Grass in real, seems like fun.

Well i still have to make a cussion from my Granny Squares, for a blanket i just didn't have enough yarn, crochetting with the left overs from 20 years back. As soon as i have finished i'll show.

But i found something else that i just had to show,These lacecussions are still waiting, still in the garage. I hope i'll be able to finish these, but it is already some 10 years ago that i made my own lace, but i think i still know how to do it.

Here some of my finished work

Comment by Debbie Rippie on April 4, 2013 at 5:13pm

Your flowers are beautiful Rosalind!

Comment by rosalind clarke on April 4, 2013 at 4:10pm

handpainted in watercolor from a tube so it is thicker and acts like acryllic

Comment by sharon oppenheimer on April 3, 2013 at 4:46pm

Hi Anton, Great idea for a new group ! I haven't ventured into crafts very much yet but I am looking forward to seeing all the different types of crafts created.I love folk art and will be looking into Spanish folk art in particular.

Comment by Jennifer Kelecseny on April 3, 2013 at 5:05am

Thank you Ton-Ton!

Comment by Darlene R. Businelle on April 3, 2013 at 2:51am

This is my creation Cajun Moon Face. Created for the relaxing mood and I love the moon.  The moon is so beautiful when she shines on the Bayou Teche. When she is full and we have festivals on the Bayou it looks like the moon is having as much fun as we are dancing in the street and eating the best food you can find on the planet. So I guess my little Cajun Moon Faces honor her shining down on us when we are having a good time.

Comment by Laura Shelton on April 2, 2013 at 6:57pm

Hello Everyone! Thank you Anton, for the invitation to this exciting new group! I LOVE folk art, and enjoy doing a bit of it myself, although not as much as I used to...I have some pieces around here that I am planning on making into "something new", so when I get them done, I will post my pictures! Love everyone's posts showing their folk art...it always amazes me to see what people can create from basically "nothing"!

Comment by Barbara Davis on April 2, 2013 at 6:06pm

Anton, I think that you sent a web address a while back regarding children's art and a studio made stuffed replica of the art.  Well, I have been intrigued with this idea, so I had my 7 year old granddaughter draw a picture of her teacher.  Yesterday, I made ,my first attempt, my granddaughter's "teacher". Meet  Mrs. O'Brien.

Comment by Maureen Craddock on April 2, 2013 at 2:35pm

Thanks for the invite Anton.I'm looking forward to seeing what people are up to in this category and to be further inspired!


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