Montana MIWW Contestants Qualify for Nationals

Montana MIWW Contestants Qualify for Nationals

The Montana State Make It With Wool contest was held this past weekend, December 1st and 2nd , at the Red Lion Hotel and Convention Center in Billings, Montana, in conjunction with the 134th Annual Montana Woolgrowers Convention.

There was a total of 8 sewers and knitters competing in four categories – Junior, Senior, Adult and Made for Others with 10 entries.   The Junior category for those ages 13 to 16 as of January 1st of the contest year, had three contestants. They were Morgan Brooks and Brooklyn Kenelty, both of Ronan, and Angelina Toth of Havre. There was a lone contestant, Jasmine Powell of Havre in the Senior division for those ages 17 to 24. There were three Adult contestants, Jennifer Beardsley of Miles City, Rosella Higgins of Havre, and Michal Ann Stedje of Ronan. The Adult category is for those age 25 and older. The final division is the Made for Others category. In this division, a sewist or knitter constructs a garment for someone else. There were three contestants this year, namely, Jennifer Beardsley of Miles City, Rosella Higgins of Havre, and Tammy Townsend of Vaughn.

After many hours of modeling and construction judging, Joy Erickson of Billings, Holly Jay of Hardin, and Lisa Terry of Columbus, came away with the final placing’s. Winners and awards were announced during the Woolgrowers’ banquet on Saturday night which featured the MIWW Style Show presented to the theme of “Star Wool” interpreted from Star Wars.

Representing Montana at the National Make It With Wool contest on February 1-3, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas, will be Junior – Morgan Brooks and Senior – Jasmine Powell. The Adult winner, Jennifer Beardsley will now compete in a video competition which includes sending her outfit to the National Make It With Wool Committee to be judged. The winner of that judging will receive an expense paid trip to San Antonio, Texas, for the style show where the National winner will receive their award.

The Made for Others category was won by Jennifer Beardsley of Miles City with model Isaac Beardsley showing off Jennifer’s vintage sweater with horses knitted into the design. Made for Others contestants do not compete at the National level.

If you would like more information about the Make It With Wool program, please contact State Director Amanda Powell at aspowell11@hotmail.com.

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