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September 10-12, 2021

Make It With Wool

Make It With Wool Competition


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ENTRY DEADLINE August 8th , 2021

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)

  • Preteens - Ages 8-12
  • Juniors - ages 13-16
  • Seniors - Ages 17-24
  • Adults - Ages 25 and Older
  • Made for Others - Any Age
  • Novelty Item - Any Age

What Can I Enter? Preteens & Made for Others

  • Any garment, any number of pieces.

What Can I Enter? (Ages 13 & Up)

  • One-Piece Garment: Dress, jumper, jacket, coat or cape.
  • Two-Piece Garment: Coat, jacket, cape, blouse/shirt, vest or sweater With... Dress, jumper, skirt, pants or shorts.
  • Ensemble: 3 or more garments worn together at one time.
  • Novelty:
    • Class A: Novelty Items for Youth (Ages 18 & under)
    • 1. Novelty items include, but not limited to: Slippers, purse, scarf, shawl, hat, mittens and rugs, etc.
    • 2. Items may be knitted, crocheted, woven or felted and a minimum of 60% wool or specialty fiber.
    • Class B: Novelty Items for Adults
    • 1. Novelty items include, but are not limited to: Slippers, purse, scarf, shawl, hat, mittens, rugs, etc.
    • 2. Items may be knitted, crocheted, woven or felted and a minimum of 60% wool or specialty fiber.
    • Novelty contestants drop off their entry between 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 11, at the Activity Center MIWW Conference Room.

What Fabrics/Yarn Can I Use?

  • Fabric and yarn requirements are a minimum of 60% wool or specialty fiber for each fashion fabric or yarn used. Specialty fibers include Mohair, cashmere, alpaca, camel, llama and vicuna. A garment may be lined with a non-wool lining.
  • IMPORTANT! Test your fabric prior to construction of your garment.
  • Junior, Senior, and Adult Division contestants must send a 5 x 5” sample of each fabric to the State Director along with $8 per sample. These will be sent to a wool testing lab for wool content verification.
  • Once your fabric passes the fiber content test at the lab, it will be certified to be used in the contest.
  • Swatches sent with the entry forms must be postmarked by August 8 th to allow for testing.

What Are The Judging Criteria?

  • *Appropriateness to contestant’s lifestyle
  • *Coordination of fabric/yarn with garment style and design
  • *Contestant’s preparation
  • *Construction quality
  • *Creativity
  • *Judging is private and decisions are final.

  • Complete an official entry form for each entry. Each entry requires a $12.00 National fee AND a $15.00 Wisconsin fee. Entry fees are non-refundable.


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

2021 Wisconsin Make It With Wool Quilt Raffle Winner - Penny Gaudet

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.



Wisconsin Make It With Wool Winners Announced

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.

For more information about the Wisconsin Make It With Wool program, contact State Director Becky Mehringer at 920-220-1026 or

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.

Adult Novelty 1st place winner, Kathy MacKay, Clintonville.

MIWW Winners Announced
Garment competition winners, left to right: Jessie Weiss, Fort Atkinson; Elizabeth Colwell, LaValle; Abigail Schultz, Columbus; Kimberly Westenberg, Watertown.
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