02 May

Make it With Wool

Quilt, Afghan and Novelty Entry FormNEW ENTRY FORM 2017

The Quilt, Afghan and Novelty division replaces the wearable accessories categories while adding a new dimension to the contest. (This category is a Minnesota only contest.)

Contest Information

Registration Deadline is September 30, 2017.

You could be the next winner in the “Make It With Wool” contest!  A luxurious piece of Pendleton wool, sewing products or one of the many other prizes could be yours for participating. The contest will be held on October 28, 2017 at Point Pleasant Heights, 28600 Fairway Lane, Chisago City, MN.


Quilt, Afghan and Novelty Contest Information

General Information

  • Contest is open to ALL residents of Minnesota
  • Entries may be constructed by individuals or groups
  • Entries must be completed after 2015
  • Entry fee is $5.00 per entry, Payable to Minnesota MIWW
  • Registration Deadline is November 3, 2016.

Mail To:

Completed entry form with entry fee must be mailed to:
Glenette Sperry, 31460 Quinlan Avenue, Center City, MN 55012

Division A: Quilted Items

  1. The quilt top and back must be made from 100% natural fiber fabrics. 50% of the top must be made of wool or wool bland fabric. The remainder of the top as well as the back must be made from natural fiber fabrics such as linen, cotton, silk, etc.
  2. Batting is not required; if it is used it should be wool or other natural fiber.
  3. Any construction or combination of techniques may be used (Machine and or hand).
  4. A label must be securely attached to the back with the names of the makers.


  • Quilt – Minimum size 36″ x 42″ to maximum 120″ x 120″
  • Wall hanging – Minimum size 18″ x 8″ to maximum 36″ x 42″

Division B: Afghans or Coverlets

  1. Yarn or fabric must be 100% wool or at least 60% wool blend or specialty wool fibers, including mohair, cashmere, alpaca, camel and llama.
  2. Item may be knotted, crocheted or woven. Felting is acceptable
  3. A label must be securely attached to the back with the names of the makers.

Division C: Novelty Item

  1. Yarn or fabric must be 100% wool or at least 60% wool blend or specialty wool fibers, including mohair, cashmere, alpaca. camel and llama
  2. Item may be knotted, crocheted or woven. Felting is acceptable
  3. Novelty items include, but not limited to, slipper, Purses, scarves, shawls, hats, mittens, etc.
  4. A label must be securely attached to the back with the names of the makers.

Garment Contest Information
The State contest will be held December 3rd, 2016 at Oak Ridge Hotel and Conference Center in Chaska, MN

All those entering the competition must select, construct (sew, knit or crochet) and model the garments they enter. The material must be made of a minimum of 60% wool. Juniors (ages 13-16); seniors (ages 17-24) and adults (25+) may enter dresses, coats, suits or other garments. Pre-teens (ages 12 & under) may enter jumpers, skirts, pants, vests, dresses, jackets or shirts. Age is as of January 1st of contest year.

The purpose of the “Make It With Wool” Contest is to focus attention on the beauty and versatility of wool, and encourage the use of wool fabric or yarn in sewing, knitting or crocheting fashionable garments by offering individuals the opportunity to compete for valuable prizes and gain recognition for their talents.

Junior and Senior winners of the contest are eligible to go to the National “Make It With Wool” garment competition, which will be held in January 2017 in Denver, CO. Learn more about the MIWW at www.makeitwithwool.com. Look up Minnesota Make It With Wool on Facebook to keep up to date on what’s happening.

Anyone wishing to help sponsor the event may also contact Glenette Sperry at 651-257-6735. Donations of any kind are welcome.


  • To promote the beauty and versatility of wool fabrics and yarns.
  • To encourage personal creativity in sewing, knitting, crocheting, spinning and weaving wool fabrics and yarns.
  • To recognize creative skills.
  • To develop life skills, including:
  • being responsible for one’s self
  • being a good sport
  • accepting judge’s decisions
  • learning about and appreciating diversity


  • Preteens, age 12 and under
  • Juniors, ages 13-16
  • Seniors, ages 17-24
  • Adults, age 25 and older
    (Age as of January 1st of contest year)
  • Made for Others (any age)

All categories may not be available in each state. (Check with state director for specific information.) 


Anyone regardless of race, creed or sex who meets age and other guidelines may participate. Preteens, junior and senior contestants must select, construct and model their own garments. Made for Others entries: the intended wearer must model garments.


Minnesota MIWW Contest
December 3, 2016
held in conjunction with the
MLWP Annual Conference

Oak Ridge Hotel and Conference Center
1 Oakridge Drive
Chaksa, MN

Send completed entry form along with a 5 x5 sample to:
Glenette Sperry
(651) 257-6735
State Directors
31460 Quinlan Ave.
Center City, MN 55012

Entry Deadline: November 3, 2016.


Juniors, Seniors, Adults, Made for Others 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
Preteen may enter:
  • Dress, jumper, skirt, pants, shorts, vest, sweater, shirt/blouse, jacket or a combination of garments
To be eligible, a garment must have been completed after January 1, 2016.


  • 100% wool or wool blend (minimum 60% wool or specialty wool fiber) for each fashion fabric or yarn used. Specialty wool fibers include: mohair, cashmere, alpaca, camel, llama.
  • The entire garment body (back, front and sleeves) must be wool or wool-blend fabrics.
  • Trims, facings, linings, interfacings and underlinings may be fabrics other than wool or wool blends.


  • Local fabric stores
  • Mail-order resources
  • Internet sites
  • Resource listings:
    • Sewing magazines
    • ASI Web site (www.sheepusa.org)
    • Mohair Council of America
    • State Directors


  • If you would like fabrics tested prior to sewing. Please mail a 5 x 5 fabric sample for testing or 36″ of yarn along with $7.00 per sample to Glenette Sperry, 31460 Quinlan Ave. Center City, MN 55012. They will be sent to the wool lab. Please allow enough time for testing.
  • Send it to the testing laboratory for a more accurate analysis. There is usually a charge for this service. Ask your state director for more information.
  • Additional testing will be done prior to the state and national contests.


  • Appropriateness to contestant’s lifestyle
  • Coordination of fabric/yarn with garment style and design
  • Contestant’s presentation
  • Creativity

Judging is private and the judges’ decisions are final.


  • You must participate in the state where you live or attend school.
  • You may enter more than one garment, using a separate form for each entry.
  • Past National Junior and Senior winners may not compete again in the same age division.
  • Past National Adult photo/video winners may not compete again for 3 years.
  • Complete and mail attached entry form as directed, with non-refundable fee for EACH entry:
    • $12 Preteens
    • $12 Juniors, Seniors, Adults, Made for Others,Fashion Apparel Design
  • Attach a 5″x5″ sample of each wool or wool blend fabric or knitted, crocheted or woven swatch to each entry form.
  • Separate “Fashion/Apparel Design” Scholarship Competition for college students enrolled in that curriculum. Send a SASE to request information.
  • Go to www.sheepusa.org and click on the MIWW Contest Information.


  • Junior and Senior state winners advance to the National Competition.
  • Adult state winners send 5″x7″ photos and video (maximum 3 minutes) of themselves wearing garment(s) to national photo competition. National Adult winner receives a trip to model in the National Competition.
  • Fabrics, sewing books, equipment and notions are awarded at State and National levels.
  • Scholarships/awards awarded at National level:
    • $1,000 American Sheep Industry Women (Junior and Senior winners)
  • $1,000 Pendelton Woolen Mills (Junior winner)
  • $1,000 Mohair Council of America (Junior and Senior Award for a complete garment made of mohair)
  • $1,000 American Wool Council (Fashion/Apparel Design)
  • Special National Awards:
    • Exemplary Construction (Sew News Magazine)
    • Machine Embroidery (Creative Machine Embroidery magazine)
  • Use of a Claire Shaeffer’s Custom “Couture Collection” pattern from Vogue Pattern Co.

For additional information, send questions and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to:

National Make It With Wool Competition
Mary Roediger
PO Box 123
Albany, OH 45710


Info Request

To request a brochure and entry form, contact Glenette Sperry at 651-257-6735 or
email at gtsperry@frontiernet.net


  • Minnesota Lamb and Wool Producers
  • American Sheep Industry Women
  • Pendelton Woolen Mills, Portland, OR
  • Treadle Yard Goods, St. Paul, MN
  • Hagedorn Farm, Granda, MN
  • St. Peter Woolen Mill, St. Peter, MN
  • Oak Leaf Grange, Harris, MN
  • Tanika Bender
  • Don Adelmann