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September 6-8, 2024


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Make It with Wool Competition



Entry Deadline

Postmarked by August 23, 2024

The Wisconsin Make It With Wool (WI MIWW) competition is open to all Wisconsin residents and anyone interested in fiber arts fashion and creative design using wool or wool blend fabrics and fibers. WI MIWW is sponsored by the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative and is guided by the National Make It With Wool Program.

Wisconsin offers participants two competitions to enter; garment and novelty. In the garment competition, contestants select wool fabrics and/or yarns to construct a garment and model their garment at the WI MIWW Style Show. Contestants may spin their own yarn, weave their own fabric and may receive instructions from parents, teachers, or advisors. All items entered in competition must be completed after the previous year’s competition.

Winners of the Junior and Senior divisions will compete at the National Make It With Wool Competition in Scottsdale, Arizona, January 15-18, 2025. The Adult winner receives a cash prize to help cover the cost of shipping the garment for judging at the National Contest.

In addition to the garment competition, Wisconsin also holds a novelty contest for contestants to show off their creative uses of wool in non-garment and accessory items.


Who Can Enter?

(Age as of January 1)

  • Preteens - Ages 8-12
  • Juniors – Ages 13-16
  • Seniors – Ages 17-24
  • Adults – 25 and older
  • Made for Others – any age. In this division, the garment is made for another person. The recipient must model the garment for the judges and in the Style Show. The creator answers the judges’ questions.

What Can Juniors, Seniors & Adults Enter?

  • One-Piece Garment: Dress, jumper, outerwear jacket, coat or cape.
  • Two-Piece Garment: Coat, jacket, cape, blouse/shirt, vest or sweater WITH a dress, jumper, skirt, pants or shorts.
  • Ensemble: 3 or more garments worn together at one time. Coat, jacket, cape, blouse/shirt, vest and/or sweater with dress, jumper, skirt, pants or shorts.

What Can Preteens & Made for Others Enter?

Any garment, any number of pieces from the above list. Winners of the Preteen and Made for Others divisions do not advance to the National Competition.

What Fabric/Yarns Can Be Used?

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, vicuña and Angora. Trims, facings, linings, interfacings and underlining may be from fabrics other than wool.

What Are the Judging Criteria?

  • Appropriateness to contestant’s lifestyle
  • Fit and overall appearance
  • Coordination of fabric/yarn/fibers with garment style and design
  • Presentation of garment by contestant
  • Construction quality
  • Creativity in design and use of wool
  • Promotes the beauty, comfort and versatility of wool


Who Can Enter?

(Age as of January 1)

  • Youth – Ages 17 & under
  • Adults – 18 & over

How many divisions are there and what can be entered?

There are two divisions – wearable and non-wearable novelty items. Wearable items include scarves, mittens, hats, socks, shawls, etc. Wearable items like sweaters, skirts and vests should be entered in the garment division. Items for the non-wearable division are more décor oriented like wall hangings, centerpieces, rugs, runners, etc.



Garment Entry Form Novelty Entry Form