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Entries sought for Make It With Wool contest

Oct 28, 2012 - From staff reports

The beauty and versatility of wool fabrics and yarns will be featured at the District Make It With Wool competition Nov. 3 for District 4 at the Reach Foundation, 622 N. Eighth W. St, Riverton. Contestants should arrive by 10 a.m.. Judging will begin at 10:30 a.m.

There will be six categories available for contestants to show their creativity in sewing, knitting, crocheting, spinning and weaving, according to Roxana Johnson, state director of the Make It With Wool competition.

Categories are pre-teen, ages 8 to 12; juniors, ages 13 to 16; seniors, ages 17 to 24; adults, age 25 and older; tots, age 8 and under; and made for others, any age. Johnson explained that the tots category will be held at the district level only.

The Make It With Wool competition is an ideal way to recognize creative skills and promote the continued use of a fabric that is, not only wonderful to work with and wear, but a renewable resource. The production of wool contributes to a cleaner environment.

All entrants receive 2.5 yards of Pendleton wool fabric, and category winners move on to the state competition held in mid-December at the Parkway Plaza in Casper. Junior and Senior state winners will receive trips to the national competition in January in San Antonio, Texas.

Juniors, seniors, adults and made for others may enter a one-piece garment, a two-piece outfit or an ensemble. Pre-teens may enter a dress, jumper, skirt, pants, shorts, vest, sweater shirt, blouse, jacket or a combination of garments.

"Since the competition is to promote wool, the use of 100 percent wool fabric or fiber is recommended," said Patti Griffith, District 4 director. "Wool blends can be used, as long as they are at least 60 percent wool."

Specialty fibers like mohair, cashmere, alpaca, camel, llama and vicuna may be used in any amount. 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.

Entry forms may be picked up at the UW Extension office in Riverton or in Lander.

Fees for the contest are $15. It is preferred that contestants enter the district contest by Oct. 26 but may enter up to the day of competition.

For more information, contact Griffith 856-8260 or sgriffith@wvoming.com.

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