Wild for Wool

Finalists in the 62nd Annual Make it With Wool competition vied for top honors at the American Sheep Industry Association/National Lamb Feeders Association annual convention on Jan. 23. More than 900 contestants nationwide entered state MIWW competitions, using a whopping 2,731 yards of wool fabric and 212 skeins of wool yarn to create their original garments. Fifty-nine junior and senior finalists representing 32 states presented and modeled their outfits at the 2010 national competition.

Emilee Koss of Clarence Center, N.Y. was awarded the First Place Junior 2010 Wool Ambassador award for her ensemble, which included a vintage-inspired purple coat over a hand-dyed pink and purple wool dress. She received a $1,000 scholarship from Pendelton Woolen Mills and a $500 scholarship from ASI Women. Marija Crockett took the First Runner-Up award in the junior division for her fitted peplum jacket and matching black skirt. The Junior Division is open to participants ages 13 to 16.

Here are Marija (left) and Emilee (right) modeling their winning looks:

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In the Senior Division (open to participants ages 17 to 24), Carrie Holter of Jefferson, Md. was selected as the First Place Senior 2010 Wool Ambassador for her asymmetrical fuchsia coat, complemented by a houndstooth jacket, flared black pants and a wool gabardine camisole. She received a $1,500 scholarship from ASI Women. First Runner-Up Emily Parks of Bloomington, Ill. made a deep purple wool crepe evening dress which featured an intricately pleated bodice.

Here are Carrie (left) and Emily (right) showing off their creations:

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Rachel Dyke of Baltimore, Md. took the top prize in the Adult division for her matching piped jacket and dress ensemble. Jaclyn Rehberg of Brookfield, Wis. won the Fashion/Apparel Design award. Jaclyn is a fashion design student at Mount Mary College, and drafted the pattern for her outfit, which featured an Army green double-breasted jacket with a knife-pleated skirt, entirely in her tailoring class.

Here are Rachel, Jacyln, Emilee and Carrie proudly sporting their winners’ sashes:

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Sew News and CME also sponsored awards in the 2010 MIWW competition. Nicole Macy of Pine Bluffs, Wyo. won $500 for the Sew News Magazine Exemplary Construction Award, and Thad Roediger of Albany , Ohio won $500 for the Creative Machine Embroidery Magazine Award.

Here’s Thad sporting his winning embroidered blazer:

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A big congrats to all the 2010 MIWW winners! In fact, seeing the stellar winning garments is causing me to rethink some nice wool herringbone fabric that’s been languishing in my stash. Are you inspired to enter your woolen works of art in an upcoming contest? To find out more about MIWW, visit the American Sheep Industry’s Web site.

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