Come in for free help on your Make it with Wool Contest projects at the
Sewing and Design School
4414 6th Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98406
Back of Building
Ryliss Bod, the Central West District Director of the Make it with Wool Contest will assist you with your pattern alterations, layouts, cutting, making, interfacing and sewing techniques.
Washington State Make It With Wool Contest
The Make It With Wool Contest has been promoting the versatility, beauty and wearability of wool since 1947! Contestants of all ages, from pre-teens through adults, sew, knit, crochet, weave or felt wool garments, which are judged on quality and presentation. In Washington, contests are held at six district locations throughout the state. The winners advance to the Washington state competition, and those winners advance to the national contest!
Contest Details, How To Enter, Who Can Enter and Prizes!
- May be sewn, knit, crocheted or felted
- Garment body (back, front and sleeves) must be made from wool or wool blend
- Wool blends must contain a minimum of 60% wool or specialty wool fiber
- Specialty wool includes alpaca, angora, camel, cashmere, llama, mohair and vicuna
- Entries must cover both top and bottom, e.g. dress, skirt & top, jacket & pants, except pre-teens who may make one article of clothing, e.g. vest, skirt, pants
- 60% appearance, presentation and wool promotion/marketability
- 40% construction
Categories: Age on Jan. 1 of district contest year
- Preteens, age 12 & under. (Preteens compete at district level only)
- Juniors, ages 13-16
- Seniors, ages 17-24
- Adults, ages 25 and older
- Make It for Others (compete at district level only) garments are modeled by the person for whom they were made.
Here are the steps to enter the Make It With Wool Washington contest:
Step 1: Wool Testing: To qualify for the Make It With Wool contest, all fabrics, except for Pre-Teens and Made for Others, must be at least 60% wool. (Pre-teens and Made for Others do not advance to Nationals. Fabric must still be 60% wool, but testing is not required.) Unfortunately, the wool percentage listed on fabric labels in stores and online is frequently wrong! We strongly urge you to wait until you get the results of the fabric test before you create your garment and register for the contest. You may register before you receive the results, but you will not be allowed to complete if your fabric doesn’t qualify. Please allow 4 weeks to receive the results.
To have your fabric tested, send a 5″x5″ sample of each fabric you plan to use (samples may be pieced together) and/or a 36″ sample of each yarn you plan to use to Ericka Suhrbier, 694 S. Military Rd., Winlock, WA 98596. Include your name, address, phone number and email address. You must include $7 for each sample, plus $1 for postage. For example, if you have 2 fabric samples and no yarn, the total cost is $7+$7+$1=$15. Cash or check payable to Ericka Suhrbier.
If your fabric or yarn has previously been tested at the Montana State University Wool Laboratory, and you have the lab test number and wool percentage, you do not need to have your fabric or yarn retested. Instead, you need to enter the lab test number and % wool on the entry form.
State Adult Contestants 2017
samples and/or 36″ yarn samples to the district director (see Contest Listings and Directors) where you will compete. The district director should receive your entry form and samples 2 weeks prior to the contest date.
Step 2: Send one completed entry form, the $12 entry fee per outfit (payable to National MIWW), and a 5”x5” fabric sample of each fabric used and/or a 36″ sample of each yarn used, to the national address on the entry form.
Step 3: Send a copy of the completed entry form and 5”x5” fabric samples and/or 36″ yarn samples to the Washington State Make It With Wool Co-Director: Ericka Suhrbier, 510 N. Market Blvd., Chehalis, WA 98532. The state co-director should receive your entry form and samples 2 weeks prior to the date of the district contest where you want to compete.
Step 4: Send a copy of the completed entry form and 5”x5” fabric
Step 5: You will receive information from the district director with details about the district contest. Enjoy and good luck!
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact either of the state co-directors or any of the district directors as listed on the Directory page of our website, or send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
The District contest will be held October 6, 2018 at Pacific Fabrics in Seattle at their SODO store.
2230 4th Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98134