Monday, August 06, 2007

Make It Yourself With Wool Contest

Multiple Deadlines

Make It Yourself With Wool Contest

  • 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.

  • Preteens, age 12 and under
  • Juniors, ages 13-16
  • Seniors, ages 17-24
  • Adults, age 25 and older (Age as of December 31, 2006)
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.

  • 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, llama and vicuna.
  • 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.


  • 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.


You must participate in the state where you live or attend school. 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 fee: $5 Preteens, $10 Juniors, Seniors, Adults, Made for Others, Fashion/Apparel Design Attach a 5"x5" sample of each fabric or knitted, crocheted or woven swatch, to each entry form.

  • Junior and Senior state winners advance to the National Competition.
  • Adult state winners send 5"x7" photos and video (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 Mohair Council of America (Junior & Senior Award for a complete garment made of Mohair)

$ 1,000 Pendleton Woolen Mills (Junior Winner)

$ 1,000 American Wool Council Fashion/Apparel Design

Special National Awards:
Exemplary Construction (Sew News Magazine)
Machine Embroidery (Creative Machine Embroidery magazine)
Use of Vogue/Butterick Pattern (Butterick Co. and Husqvarna Viking Sewing Machine Co.)


2007/08 MIWW National Competition Brochure
2008 MIWW Entry Form -- District, State and National

2008 MIWW Fashion/Apparel Rules
2008 MIYWW Fashion/Apparel Design Competition Entry Form

Contact your state director for information on district contests in your state. Entry deadline is usually two weeks prior to the district contest.

Click here to find your state contact.

Have some questions? Look through our list of frequently asked questions, check with your state contact or mail a self-addressed, stamped envelope for more information to:

National Make It Yourself With Wool Competition
Marie Lehfeldt, National Director
Box 175
Lavina, MT 59046
FAX: 406-636-2731

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