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Indiana Teens Excel at Wool Nationals

Published: Friday, February 14, 2020

Two Indiana teens took top-10 honors at the 2020 National Make It with Wool (MIWW) competition in Scottsdale, Ariz. in conjunction with the American Sheep Industry annual convention.

Madeline Douglas of Flat Rock placed first in the junior division (ages 13-16), and Olivia Lexie South of Marshall placed in the top-10 in the senior division (ages 17-24).

Madeline Douglas was also awarded a specialty first-place honor for "outstanding use of mohair" for the charcoal gray mohair coat she sewed for the competition. As the first-place national junior winner, Douglas will represent the MIWW as the contest's junior ambassador through 2020.

Forty-six contestants representing 26 states spent three days participating in judging workshops and fashion show rehearsals, and learning more about the sheep and wool industry. The competition showcases and promotes the beauty and versatility of wool fabrics, yarns and fibers and encourages personal creativity in sewing, knitting, crocheting, spinning, weaving and other needlework arts. All contestants must select, construct and model their own garment(s) made from more than 60-percent wool.

The national MIWW contest is sponsored by ASI and ASI-Women. Contestants sew, felt, knit or crochet garments made with wool fabric or yarn. Junior and senior winners of state contests are invited to compete at the national level. Other age and category divisions are offered on a state level. The national adult and design judging competitions are held prior to the national MIWW competition. For more information, check out the MIWW website,, or visit the Indiana Make it With Wool facebook page, the Indiana Sheep Association website www.indiana or the Make It with Wool Contest website:, .

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