Wisconsin Make It With Wool is open to all Wisconsin residents and is for anyone interested in sewing and fashion design using wool or wool blend fabrics, knitted, crocheted or woven clothing or accessories.
Contestants select, construct and model their own garments at the Make it With Wool Style Show, held the Saturday of the Sheep and Wool Festival in Jefferson, WI. Garments are judged by a panel of judges before the style show. All garments entered in competition must have been completed after January 1, 2021.
Winners of the junior, senior, and adult age categories go on to compete in the National Competition in San Diego, CA, January 19-23, 2022.
Who Can Enter? (Ages as of 1/1/21)
What Can I Enter? Preteens & Made for Others
What Can I Enter? (Ages 13 & Up)
What Fabrics/Yarn Can I Use?
What Are The Judging Criteria?
How Do I Enter? ENTRY FORMS AVAILABLE BOTH ONLINE AND IN THE SHEEP AND WOOL FESTIVAL CATALOG!
Are there prizes?
YES! Preteens receive awards up to 3 placings in state competition, but do not advance to the national competition. The first placing Junior and Senior will win a trip to national competition where scholarships are awarded for the national winners. The Wisconsin adult winner receives a cash award. Novelty items receive cash awards but do not advance. Sewing machine, wool fabric, notions, equipment and other prizes are awarded at both the state and national competitions.
The Wisconsin Make it With Wool Program is sponsored by the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival and the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperation.
Questions about the contest or entering? Contact State Director Becky Mehringer, 920-220- 1026 or email@example.com
This beautiful quilt was constructed by Jolene Massuch, Watertown, WI, Carol Battenberg, Johnson Creek, WI and Wynn Wittkopf, Pewaukee, WI. It was embroidered by Carol Battenberg and quilted by Patti Geishirt, Deerfield, WI. The quilt is queen-sized with a blue/gray Pendleton plaid for the main fabric. Proceeds support the Wisconsin Make It With Wool program.
CAMBRIDGE, WI- The 2021 Wisconsin Make It With Wool competition was held on Saturday, September 11 at the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival, in Jefferson, Wis.
Ten contestants competed in the garment competition across five divisions: Preteen, Junior, Senior, Adult, and Made For Others. The winners of each division are as follows: Preteen- Abigail Schultz, Columbus; Junior-Elizabeth Colwell, La Valle; Senior- Kimberly Westenberg, Watertown; Adult-Jessie Weiss, Fort Atkinson; Made For Others-Holley Schwartz, Watertown.
Junior and Senior winners Colwell and Westenberg will compete with state winners from across the United States at the National Make It With Wool competition in San Diego, CA in January. Their garments will be judged on fashion and construction by a panel of judges representing the fashion industry, wool and fiber industry and sewing professionals. A style show featuring all contestants will be held during Saturday’s American Sheep Industry banquet.
In addition to the garment competition, eight contestants competed in the Adult Novelty competition. Receiving a cash award, the top three honors were: first place- Kathy MacKay, Clintonville; second place- Wynn Wittkopf, Pewaukee; and third place- Jessie Weiss, Fort Atkinson.
Three special awards went to the following entrants: Best constructed garment- Becky Piette, Rothschild; Best constructed novelty item- Kathy MacKay, Clintonville; Best use of yarn- Karen Kottwitz, Hartford.
Donors of this years competition were M&R Sewing and Vacuum of Madison, Casey's Sewing Center of Clinton, Firefly Fibers of Beaver Dam, Spry Whimsy Fiber Arts of Stoughton, Pendleton Woolen Mills of Portland, OR, 3 Green Sisters of Portland, OR, and Premiere Couture of Cambridge.
All entrants received a piece of Pendleton Wool fabric donated by the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative.
The Wisconsin Make It With Wool program is sponsored by the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival and the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Association.
Wisconsin Make It With Wool is a fashion and design competition that challenges Wisconsin residents to sew, knit, crochet, weave or felt garments and/or novelty items. All entries must be made from at least 60% wool fabric or yarn. Garment entries are judged based on their marketability, creative use of wool, construction, and appropriateness to contestants age and lifestyle.
The 2022 Make It With Wool Competition will be held on Saturday, September 10, at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival, Jefferson County Fair Park, Jefferson, WI.