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Left to Right:
 Adult Winner -
Dianne Galloway, OH;

 Junior Winner-
Kris Puckrin, OH; 

Senior Winner-
Jenna Legred, MN;

 Fashion Design Winner- Kristin Morris, Cornell University, NY.

Welcome to the National Make it with Wool Website!

WHAT ARE THE OBJECTIVES?

    • To promote the beauty and versatility of wool fabrics and yarns.
    • To encourage personal creativity in sewing, knitting and crocheting with wool fabrics and yarns.
    • To recognize creative skills 
  • To develop life skills, including:     
  •     being responsible for one's self,
  •     being a good sport,
  •     accepting judge's decisions, and
  •     learning about and appreciating
  •     diversity.

WHO CAN ENTER?

  • Preteens, age 12 and under
  • Juniors, ages 13-16
  • Seniors, ages 17-24
  • Adults, age 25 and older

The category you enter will be determined by your age as of January 1 of entry year.

Anyone regardless of race, creed or sex who meets age and other guidelines may participate. Contestants must select, construct and model their own garments. Made for others entries: the intended wearer must model garments.

What can I enter?

 

Juniors, Seniors, Adults and Made for others may enter:

 

One piece garments: dress, jumpers, lined outwear jackets, coats and capes

 

Two Piece garments: lined outwear coats, jackets or capes

Blouse/shirt, vest, and/or sweater with dress, jumper, skirt, pants or shorts.

 

Ensemble- 3 or more garments worn together at one time

 

Pre-teens may enter: Dress, jumpers, skirt, pants, shorts, vest, sweaters, shirt/blouse, jacket or a combination of garments.

 

Made for others and wearable Accessory-

District and State levels only.

Contact state director for specific details.

 

WHAT FABRICS/YARNS CAN I USE?
  • 100% wool or wool blend (minimum of 60% wool or specialty fiber) for each fashion fabric or yarn used. Specialty wool fibers include mohair, cashmere, alpaca, camel, and llama
  • The entire garment body (back, front and sleeves) must be wool or wool-blend fabric.
  • Trims, facings, linings, interfacings and underlinings may be fabrics other than wool or wool blends.

 

 

HOW CAN I ENTER?

 



       -You may participate in one district or state competition each year in the state where you are a legal resident.


       -See the state contact list for your state's information.

 

    -You may enter more than one garment, using a separate form for each entry.


    -Past National Junior and Senior winners may not compete again in the same age division.


    -Past National Adult photo winner may not compete
again for 3 years.


    -Complete and mail attached entry form as directed,
with non-refundable  national fee: $12

    -Attach a 5"x5" sample of each
fabric or 36 inches of the yarn used to knit, crochet or weave to each entry form. Some states may also  charge a variable fee- be sure to check with the state director about this.

WHAT ARE THE JUDGING CRITERIA?


  • Appropriateness to contestant's lifestyle
  • Coordination of fabric/yarn with garment style and design
  • Contestant's presentation
  • Construction quality
  • Creativity
  • Judging is private and the judges' decision is final.
WHAT ARE THE PRIZES?
  • Junior and Senior state winners advance to the National Competition.
  • Adult state winners send 5"x7" photos and DVD(maximum 3 minutes) of themselves wearing garments to national photo competition. National Adult winner receives a trip to model in the National Competition.
  • Fabrics, sewing books, equipment and notions are awarded at State and National levels.
  • Scholarships are awarded at National level:

       $ 2,000 American Sheep Industry Women (Junior & Senior   Winners)
        $ 1,000 Pendleton Woolen Mills (Junior Winner)
       $ 1,000 American Wool Council Fashion/Apparel Design


SPECIAL NATIONAL AWARDS:

  • Exemplary Construction -- Creative Craft Group/Sew News Magazine
  • Machine Embroidery -- Creative Craft Group/Creative Machine Embroidery Magazine
  • Use of Claire Shaeffer's "Custom Collection" Pattern from Vogue Pattern Company -- Claire Shaeffer
  • Use of a "Wild Ginger" Software Pattern -- Wild Ginger Software, Inc.
  • Outstanding Needlework Award- Jennings Family Fibers
  • Mohair awards -Mohair Council of America/Mohair producers.

WHERE CAN I PURCHASE WOOL OR WOOL-BLEND FABRICS?

     Local fabric stores

  • Mail-order resources
  • Internet sites
  • Resource listings: sewing magazines, ASI Web site, Mohair Council of America, State Directors

HOW CAN I BE CERTAIN MY FABRICS/YARNS ARE WOOL?

    Please note-Finishes and other natural fibers may affect the test results.
  • Contact state directors to arrange for testing at an approved fabric testing laboratory
  • Additional testing will be done prior to the state and national contests.
For additional information, send questions and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: 

National Make It With Wool Competition
Mary Roediger
PO Box 123
Albany, OH 45710
740-591-5149
wool@sewtruedesigns.com