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September 10-12, 2021

Make It With Wool

Make It With Wool Competition


2020 has definitely been a trying year for many of us.  We strive to find joy in the simple things and cherish the memories we're making.  Most of the events we love to attend have been cancelled, and we find ourselves questioning if and when things will ever return to the way they once were.  The 2020 Wisconsin Make It With Wool contest will be happening this year, but it too will look very different than it has in the past.

This year, Wisconsin contestants will NOT be meeting at the Jefferson County Fair Park to compete in the Make It With Wool Competition.  Instead, contestants will mail their forms, fees, fabric swatches, outfit, photos, and video to Wynn Wittkopf by September 12.  Please make sure you read and follow the requirements.   

Judging will take place on Saturday, September 26th, in Pewaukee, WI by a team of three judges.  The results will be posted and the outfits and photos will be mailed back to the contestants.
The Junior and Senior Winners will advance to the National Make It With Wool contest held in Denver, CO in January 2021, if this contest occurs. This year, the Preteen and Adult winner will receive cash awards.  Unfortunately, there will NOT be a Novelty contest held this year, but will return in 2021.

I realize the joy of Make It With Wool is gathering together to "Ooooooo and Aaahhh" over one another's outfits, to get inspired, share experiences, build relationships, encourage one another, learn new techniques and share our love for sewing with wool with the public.  I realize MIWW 2020 will not include these joys, but please know we are doing the best we can to offer you this opportunity.  You can be certain that I will be "Oooooing and Aaahhhing" with every package that arrives!

Wynn Wittkopf,
State Director,
Wisconsin Make It With Wool

 

SHIPPING GARMENT

  • Select a box of appropriate size & shape.
  • Enclose garment in plastic; tissue paper may be used to prevent wrinkling.
  • May roll garments to prevent major wrinkling and save container space.
  • Do not include hangers or accessories even if handmade (only the garment is judged).
  • Include forms, fees, fabric sample, photos, jump drive and return postage & place in envelope with the garment.
  • Allow adequate time for box to arrive at destination. Late arrivals will be disqualified.

POSTAGE

  • Postage is the responsibility of the participant.
  • Obtain & include a prepaid return postage/insurance label from USPS, UPS, or Fed Ex.

PHOTOS

  • 1 Color 5” x 7” photo of you wearing your garment.
  • Full length view; judges must be able to evaluate fit of garment; evenness of hems, etc.
  • May also include up to 3 other photos (5” x 7”) showing back & side views - full length.
  • Use a plain light background for dark colored garments; plain dark background for light colored garments.
  • Good quality amateur photos recommended.

MODELING VIDEO – Jump Drive 

  • Maximum length:  60 seconds.
  • No commentary or music.
  • Focus on showing your garment to the judges. Include full length and close-up of front, back & both sides. Fit, hem length, etc. need to be visible for evaluation.
  • Remove jackets/coats where appropriate.
  • Use a light background for dark colored garments; dark background for light colored garments (see other background tips above).

NOTE: Keep a “back-up” copy of all paperwork, photos, and video.

Checklist for Wisconsin Make It With Wool

ENTRY DEADLINE – SEPTEMBER 12

Garment and entry materials must be received by Wynn Wittkopf on or before September 12. Please plan mailing accordingly as late arrivals will be disqualified.

ENTRY PACKAGE MUST INCLUDE:
    ____ Wool Garment
    
    ____ Prepaid Postage Return label (addressed to you)

        ____ USPS,  ____UPS, ____FED EX     
                                    
    ____ Entry Form & Fee

    ____ Fabric/Yarn Swatches (4”x4”) & Testing Fees

    ____ Color Photo(s) of you wearing your garment(s)

    ____ Video of you modeling your garment(s) on jump drive
        
MAIL THE ABOVE ITEMS TO:
Wisconsin Make It With Wool
Wynn Wittkopf
N41 W28899 Imperial Drive
Pewaukee, WI 53072
wynnwittkopf@gmail.com
262-370-1433

All About – Make It With Wool

Who Can Enter? (Ages as of 1/1/20) 
Preteens                         Ages 8 - 12
Juniors                             Ages 13 - 16
Seniors                            Ages 17 - 24
Adults                              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: See Novelty Contest for details.

What Fabrics/Yarns 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. 

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.

 

How Do I Enter?

ENTRY FORMS ONLINE ONLY!

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. Print off the entry forms and mail to the addresses provided. Further information is available from the State Director or at UWEX offices. 

Wisconsin Make It With Wool is open to Wisconsin residents. Age as of January 1, 2020.  Preteens, junior, senior and adult contestants must select, construct and model their own garments. All garments entered in competition must have been completed after January 1, 2020. 

Make It With Wool is for anyone interested in sewing and fashion design using wool or wool blend fabrics, knitted, crocheted or woven clothing or accessories. Across the U.S. junior and senior contestants compete in state competitions, with the top entries competing in the National Competition in Denver, CO, January 28-30, 2021.  Wisconsin does not have district competitions. Contact State Director Wynn Wittkopf, 262-370-1433 or wynnwittkopf@gmail.com for additional information.
> Entry Form

RESULTS


2020 National Make It With Wool Competition

Wisconsin Make It With Wool Senior winner, Holley Schwartz, Watertown, and Junior winner, Lauren Thompson, Woodville, recently competed in the 2020 National Make It With Wool (MIWW) Competition which was held January 23-­‐25 in Scottsdale, AZ, in conjunction with the American Sheep Industry annual convention. Forty-­‐six contestants, 25 Juniors (age 13-­‐16) and 21 Seniors (age 17- ‐24), representing 26 states, spent three days participating in judging sessions, workshops, fashion show rehearsals, and walking tours in Old Town Scottsdale. The competition culminated with the ASI Banquet and MIWW Fashion Show and Awards Program on Saturday evening. Winners were announced in the Junior and Senior divisions, as well as Special Awards categories. Schwartz finished second in the Outstanding Needlework division. the MIWW contest is sponsored by ASI and ASI-­‐Women. Contestants sew, felt, knit, or crochet garments made with wool fabric or yarn (of at least 60% wool content). For more information about Make It With Wool, please check out the MIWW website, www.makeitwithwool.com, and/or contact Wynn Wittkopf, wynnwittkopf@gmail.com, 262-­‐370-­‐1433.



Jr. Winner: Lauren Thompson
Sr. Winner: Holley Schwartz

Adult: Theresa Braun
Preteen: Abigail Schultz

Adult Novelty Winner: Justine Heinrichs

Class Winners

Preteen Winners

Junior Winners

Quilt Winner: Kate Reese poses with her brother Ryder.

Senior Winners

Novelty Youth Winner: Nathan Thompson

The Wisconsin Make It With Wool Contest was held during the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival at Jefferson County Fair Park in Jefferson on September 7th. Contestants in the Make It With Wool contest competed for top prizes in the four garment divisions – Preteen, Junior, Senior, and Adult. Garments must have been constructed during the contest year and made of a minimum of 60% wool or wool blend fabrics, wool yarn or specialty fibers such as mohair and alpaca. Judging was completed by 3 judges who spoke with each contestant individually and then judged the construction of the garments. The afternoon Style Show featured all contestants modeling their unique and skillfully crafted garments before an appreciative audience. Winners in all categories were announced and prizes presented.

Preteen:
1st Kate Reese, Hartland: Babylock sewing machine donated by M & R Sewing & Vac of Madison
2nd Abigail Schultz, Columbus: Iron donated by Nasco of Ft. Atkinson
3rd Hannah Riemer, Mequon: Scissors donated by Kurth Farms of Pewaukee

Junior: 1st Lauren Thompson, Woodville: Airfare to the National MIWW contest in Scottsdale, AZ in January 2020 provided by the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative; Hotel accommodations paid by National MIWW
2nd Elizabeth Colwell, LaValle: Iron donated by Nasco of Ft. Atkinson
3rd Amara Bugenhagen, Mukwonago: Scissors donated by Kurth Farms of Pewaukee

Senior: 1st Holley Schwartz, Watertown: Airfare to the National MIWW contest in Scottsdale, AZ in January 2020 provided by the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative; Hotel accommodations paid by National MIWW
2nd Allison Colwell, LaValle: $50 cash award from Wisconsin Make It With Wool

Adult:
1st Theresa Braun, Fox Point: $100 cash award from Wisconsin Make It With Wool

Best Knitted Entry:
Holley Schwartz, Watertown: $50 cash award from Kurth Farms, Pewaukee

2 Best Constructed Items:
Abigail Schultz, Columbus: $100 cash award from Zieman Productions, Beaver Dam
Theresa Braun, Fox Point: $100 cash award from Zieman Productions, Beaver Dam

Novelty Youth:
1st Nathan Thompson, Woodville: $25 cash award from WI MIWW
2nd David Thompson, Woodville: $15 cash award from WI MIWW
3rd Katherine Crudden, Elkhorn: $10 cash award from WI MIWW

Novelty Adult:
1st Justine Heinrichs, Cedarburg: $25 cash award from WI MIWW
2nd Ellen Coenen, DePere: $15 cash award from WI MIWW
3rd Karen Crudden, Elkhorn: $10 cash award from WI MIWW
4th Megan Nichols, LaMoille, IL: $5 cash award from WI MIWW

Thanks to the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative, all garment contestants received 2 ½ yards of beautiful Pendleton wool.

Junior and Senior winners, Lauren Thompson and Holley Schwartz will travel to the national competition in Scottsdale, AZ, in January. Adult winner, Theresa Braun, will prepare a video featuring her garment and submit it to the National Contest where a panel of judges will decide on a National Winner. The National Adult Winner will be notified and will receive a trip to the national contest in Scottsdale, AZ.

The major sponsor of the Make It With Wool contest is the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative. The Jefferson Agri-Business and Watertown Agri-Business also provide support to Make It With Wool along with numerous businesses and organizations throughout Wisconsin.

This year’s Make It With Wool Quilt Winner was Kate Reese of Hartland, Wisconsin. The 2019 quilt was designed and created by Carol Battenberg, Jolene Massuch, and Wynn Wittkopf. It was quilted by Patti Geishirt.

The 2020 Make It With Wool competition will be held during the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival at Jefferson County Fair Park in Jefferson. For additional information, visit www.wisconsinsheepandwoolfestival.com and click on Make It With Wool or contact Wisconsin’s State Director, Wynn Wittkopf at wynnwittkopf@gmail.com, 262-370-1433.

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