Idaho Make it With Wool Contest
Celebrating Wool & Mohair
The Idaho Make It With Wool Contest is a once-a-year contest supported by the Idaho Wool Growers Association. Contestants include sewers, knitters, crocheters, felters, and designers. First-place winners in the Junior and Senior divisions are invited to compete in the National Make it With Wool Contest. This contest highlights the beauty and versatility of wool while teaching life skills such as sewing, public speaking, and confidence.
2021 National MIWW Contest Winners
- To promote the beauty and versatility of wool fabrics, fibers, and yarns.
- To encourage personal creativity in sewing, knitting, crocheting, or felting with wool fabrics, fibers, and yarns.
- To recognize creative skills.
- To develop life skills including:
- Being responsible for one’s self
- Being a good sport
- Accepting judges’ decisions
- Learning about and appreciating diversity
- Preteens: age 12 and under
- Juniors: ages 13-16
- Seniors: ages 17-24
- Adults: age 25 and older
o Participants must compete in the state where they are a legal resident.
o The contestant’s age is as of January 1 of the competition year
Juniors, Seniors, and Adults may enter:
- One-piece garment: Dress, jumper, outerwear jacket, coat, or cape.
- Two-piece outfit: 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: Coat, jacket, cape, blouse/shirt, vest, and/or sweater WITH dress, jumper, skirt, pants, or shorts.
Preteens may enter:
- Dress, jumper, skirt, pants, shorts, vest, sweater, shirt/blouse, jacket, or a combination of garments.
Anyone regardless of race, creed, or sex who meets age and other guidelines may participate. To participate, please note the following:
- Participants must compete in the state where they are a legal resident.
- Complete and mail entry forms with required attachments as directed on entry form by October 15, 2021 to national and state director.
- Use a separate form for each entry.
- Pay $12 non-refundable entry fee (payable to National MIWW) for each garment.
- Pay $7 non-refundable testing fee (payable to Idaho MIWW) for each wool fabric and/or yarn. Send to State Director: Kim Monk, 17013 Evans Road, Genesee, ID 83832
OVERALL JUDGING CRITERIA
In judging pieces, judges will consider:
- Appropriate to contestant age and the contestant’s lifestyle.
- Fit and overall appearance.
- Coordination of fabric/yarn/fibers with garment style and design.
- Presentation of garment by the contestant.
- Construction quality.
- Creativity in design and use of wool.
- Conveys/ promotes the beauty, comfort, and versatility of wool.
- 100% wool or wool blends containing a minimum of 60% wool or specialty wool fiber for each fashion fabric, fiber, or yarn used. Specialty fibers include alpaca, angora, camel, cashmere, llama, and mohair.
- The garment body (back, front, and sleeves) must be made from wool or wool-blend fabric. When these pieces (back, front, sleeves) are joined together, a wearable garment is created.
- Vests may have the back made of non-wool fabric when it (vest) is worn with a suit or a sport coat or blazer. The back must be made from wool fabric if the vest is worn alone with pants, skirt and/or outerwear (coat/jacket).
- Trims, lace, or other open-weave or decorative fabrics not meeting the 60% wool fiber minimum, must not completely cover nor replace any portion of the major garment sections (back, front, sleeves).
- Trims, facings, linings, interfacings, and underlining may be from fabrics other than wool or wool blends.
- IDAHO CONTEST
Due to COVID-19, the Idaho contest will be a “Mail in” contest this year. In an effort to allow everyone to participate and plan ahead, the decision to hold the contest in this manner was determined to be the best option. We look forward to having the contest in person again next year!
Registration entry forms must be received by the Idaho State MIWW Director by October 15, 2021.
Part 1– Entry Form (due by October 15, 2021)
- Download the entry form.
- Send one copy of completed entry form with a $12 Entry Fee for each garment category to national office. Make check payable to: National MIWW
Mail to: National MIWW, PO Box 21, Encampment, WY 82325 3.
- Send one copy of the completed Entry Form with a $7 testing fee for each wool fabric used.
Make check payable to: Idaho MIWW
Mail to: Kim Monk Idaho Make It With Wool 17013 Evans Road, Genesee, ID 83832
ENTRY FORM AND FEES MUST BE RECEIVED BY OCTOBER 15, 2021.
Part 2- CONTEST ENTRY MATERIALS (due by November 20, 2021)
- Wool Garment (Postage for shipping entry to contest is your expense)
- Return label (addressed to you; return postage will be paid by Idaho MIWW)
- Complete Idaho Forms & Procedures Packet
See Packet for details!! Packet includes:
- A minimum of (1) 5×7″ color photo of contestant wearing garment(s), full-length view. May include up to 3 additional photos.
- A modeling video, no more than 60 seconds long.
- Completed forms in the packet.
COMPLETE CONTEST ENTRY MATERIALS MUST BE RECEIVED BY IDAHO MIWW DIRECTOR BY NOVEMBER 20, 2021. Entries received after November 20 will not be judged. Winners will be announced by December 4, 2021.
Entries are mailed to
Kim Monk Idaho Make It With Wool PO Box 271 Genesee, ID 83832
Questions? Email by clicking on the link below
- Junior & Senior Winners advance to national contest January 20-22, 2021 at the Sheraton Hotel in San Diego, CA.
- Adult Winner advances to national contest; entry is mailed to national contest in early December.
- Additional state prizes include Pendleton fabric yardage, sewing equipment, notions and other prizes.
NATIONAL CONTEST (may include)
· $2,000 American Sheep Industry Women Scholarships for Junior & Senior winners
· $1,000 Pendleton Woolen Mills Scholarship for Junior winner
· $1,000 American Wool Council for Fashion & Apparel Design
· Fabric, sewing books, equipment and notions
Special National Awards – see national MIWW brochure for more details
o Exemplary Construction
o Machine Embroidery
o Mohair Award
o Handiwork Award
o Needlework Award
MAKE IT WITH WOOL
FASHION & APPAREL DESIGN COMPETITION RULES
College students enrolled in Fashion or Apparel Design create an original garment design (flat pattern, draping or CAD) and then sew, knit, crochet or felt the garment(s) using wool fabrics, fibers and/or yarns.
• Only students currently pursuing a degree in a college-level fashion or apparel design program may participate.
• Garment may be created for the participant or another model.
FABRIC/ FIBER/ YARN REQUIREMENTS/ FABRIC TESTING
• 100% wool or
o Specialty wool fibers include alpaca, angora, camel, cashmere, llama, mohair, and vicuna. o All fabrics/yarns will be tested for wool percentage
– MIWW National Director will submit all samples for lab testing.
– Garment(s) made from fabrics not meeting the minimum wool requirements will be disqualified.
– Participants are encouraged to test for wool percentage prior to constructing garment(s).
• 100% wool or wool blends containing a minimum of 60% wool or specialty wool fiber for each fashion fabric, fiber or yarn used
• Garment body (back, front and sleeves) must be made from wool or wool-blend fabric. When these pieces- back, front, sleeves- are joined together, a wearable garment is created.
• Draped garments must be made entirely from wool or wool blend fabrics containing the minimum percentage of wool.
o Trims, facings, linings, interfacings and underlining may be from fabrics other than wool or wool blends.
o Rovings and other materials used in fabric treatments, such as felting, must meet the minimum percentage of wool fiber and must not alter the total percentage of wool of the garment section.
o Sheep and/or lamb pelts and leather may be used as trim only.
Part 1- Entry Form
1. Obtain entry form and official rules by downloading form.
2. Send one copy of completed Entry Form with a $12 Entry Fee for each garment category plus $7 per each fabric used for testing (includes fee for fabric testing) and 2 (two) 5″ X 5″ samples of each fabric used; or 36″ length of each yarn used. (Subject to change.)
Advisor must sign the entry form
National MIWW, PO Box 215,
Encampment, WY 82325
Part 2-Submit completed Portfolio containing:
1. A second copy of the entry form
2. Two (2) 5″ X 5″ samples of each fabric used; or 36″ length of each yarn used. Fabric pieces may be sewn together to obtain the required size. Yarns and fibers must be knitted, crocheted or felted to create a 5″ X 5″ sample.
3. Design presentation boards with sketches showing various angles of garment(s) at least 8 ½” X 11″ and not larger than 11″ X 14″.
4. Description of garment(s) and accessories (if accessories are made of wool and are handmade)
5. Description of design method/ process used (flat pattern/ CAD/ draping, or combination)
6. Photos (5″ X 7″ or 8″ X 10″) showing front and back of garment(s) worn by participant/ model.
· Plain, uncluttered background is recommended.
· Light background for dark garments.
· Dark background for light garments.
7. Ninety (90) second video (on DVD or Jump Drive) of the garment worn and styled by participant/model
· Begin with garment front, show back and sides of garment.
· Include close-ups showing design and construction details, fit, etc.
· NO commentary, music or artistic camera angles.
Official competition details:
· Marketability- Garment(s) conveys/ promotes the beauty, comfort and versatility of wool.
· Originality, creativity in garment design and use of wool fabrics, fibers and/ or yarn.
· Effectiveness of design.
· Use and presentation of wool fabrics, fibers and/ or yarns.
· Quality of construction.
· Fit and overall appearance.
· Portfolio is COMPLETE and all instructions have been followed.
· Receive a $1000 scholarship from the American Wool Council
· Receive a trip (travel and lodging) to the National MIWW event in January
· Participate in the National MIWW Fashion Show and other activities.
Designer is responsible for their model’s travel and lodging expenses. (Prior arrangements may be made with the National MIWW Director to use another model at the convention.)
· Fashion Apparel Design Winner may not compete again.
· Individuals may not participate in the State Sewing Competition and the Fashion/ Apparel Design Competition during the same year. Must choose one. Competition may be discontinued due to lack of entries or loss of funding.