Wyoming sends state winners to national Make It Yourself With Wool contest
Casper – Top winners were announced at the Wyoming Make It With Wool (MIWW) contest held Dec. 1-2 at the Parkway Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in Casper.
Ashlynn Johnson of Encampment, modeling a plum-colored dress and multi-colored short jacket, won the Junior Division.
Nicole Macy of Pine Bluffs, modeling a four-piece ensemble including a brown coat, multi-colored teal jacket, teal skirt and ivory top, won the Senior Division.
Patty Swanson of Lingle, modeling a four-piece ensemble, including a brown plaid coat, brown slacks, plaid vet, and gold top, won the Adult Division.
The top Junior and Senior winners were awarded a paid trip to the National MIWW competition to be held in Charleston, S.C on Jan. 23-25.
The top four winners in each division also received cash awards and other various prizes.
Each contestant received a 2.5-yard length of Pendleton wool fabric.
The adult winner sends their outfit, photos and modeling video to a national adult judging contest. The national adult winner of that competition is invited to attend the national MIWW contest in Charleston, S.C.
Top construction awards were also given in each age division at the state contest to those with outstanding worksmanship on their garments. Winners included Courtney Fuller in the Junior Division, Nicole Macy in the Senior Division and Sheryl Hunter in the Adult Division.
The “Creativity” award was presented to Jacquie Lahr of Laramie for her wool-felted red cape. Winner of the Afghan Division was Barbara Lahr, and winner of the Knitted Apparel division was Michelle Elser.
The 14 contestants at the state MIWW contest entered and won top honors at one of the district contests held during October and November. Contestants construct and model an outfit made of at least 60 percent wool fabric or yarn. Over 85 contestants participated at district contests in Wyoming this year.
Tribute was paid at the state fashion show to Roxanna Johnson, who served as state director of the MIWW contest for 18 years. Johnson passed away earlier in the year. Her influence with MIWW will be felt for many years to come.