Make It With Wool
Celebrating Wool & Mohair
Promoting the beauty and versatility of wool and mohair while teaching individuals life skills such as sewing, creativity, problem solving and public speaking
2020 MIWW Winners
2019 Idaho 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 on 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.
Participants must compete in the state where they are a legal resident.
The MIWW competition is separate from 4-H; fair and blue ribbons are not MIWW contest requirements. 4-H members are encouraged to enter the MIWW contest if their project meets MIWW requirements.
All garments must have been completed after January 1 of the competition year. Participants must select all fabrics, materials and supplies, and must sew, knit, crochet or felt all garments. They may also spin their own yarn and weave their own fabric. They may receive instruction and advice from parents, teachers or advisor.
Complete and mail entry forms with required attachments as directed on entry form by October 1, 2020 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
Judges will consider:
· Appropriate to contestant age and 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.
· Conveys/ promotes the beauty, comfort and versatility of wool.
Please note: The decision of the judges is final.
Judging Rubrics can be found at https://makeitwithwool.com/judging-rubrics
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.
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 outer-wear (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.
Hand- spun yarns and/or hand-woven fabrics may be used and must meet above criteria.
For this year only (2020), all fabrics/yarn for the Junior, Senior, and Adult divisions must be tested by the state director for percentage of wool content prior to the state competition. Any fabrics not meeting the criteria will disqualify the entry. Contestants are encouraged to send swatches to Idaho State Director BEFORE starting construction to verify selected fabric meets requirements. See entry requirements for sending swatches and fee(s).
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. It was not an easy decision to make and 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 1, 2020.
Part 1- Entry Form (due by October 1, 2020)
1. Download the entry form.
2. 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 215, Encampment, WY 82325
3. Send one copy of completed Entry Form with a $7 testing fee for each wool fabric used.
Make check payable to: Idaho MIWW
Part 2- CONTEST ENTRY MATERIALS (due by November 18, 2020)
1. Wool Garment (Postage for shipping entry to contest is your expense)
2. Return label (addressed to you; return postage will be paid by Idaho MIWW)
3. Complete Idaho Forms & Procedures Packet
See Packet for details!! Packet includes:
- A minimum of (1) 5x7” 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 18, 2020. Entries received after November 18 will not be judged. Winners will be announced by December 1, 2020.
Entries are mailed to
Questions? Email by clicking on the link below
· Junior & Senior Winners advance to national contest January 28-30, 2021 at the Sheraton Downtown Hotel in Denver, CO.
· 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.
2019/20 National Fashion Apparel & Design Winner, Lyiling Lai, Drexel University, PA
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.)
Make check payable to: National MIWW
Advisor must sign the entry form
National MIWW, PO Box 215,
Encampment, WY 82325
Must be postmarked by November 1st
2019 MIWW contest – made new friends
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 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.