Maryland Make it With Wool

Maryland Make it with WoolMake It with Wool, an annual youth-centered sewing and needle work competition, is designed to promote the beauty and versatility of wool fabrics, yarns, and fibers. Administered by volunteers, participants express their personal creativity in sewing, knitting, crocheting, spinning, weaving, and other needlework arts.

How can I enter Maryland MIWW

  • You must be a legal Maryland resident.
  • You may enter one garment in each category - one-piece, two-piece or ensemble. A separate entry form and registration fee must be submitted for each entry.
  • Have tested, prior to September 1, all wool fabrics/yarns used to make your entry.
  • Complete all portions of this entry form and include:
    • two 4”x 4” samples of each wool fabric/yarn used. Fabric may be pieced to obtain size.
    • $18 non-refundable fee for each entry.

2017 Competition:

Saturday, October 14
Carroll County Agricultural Center
Westminster, MD

Sponsors:

Maryland Make It with Wool Planning Committee
Maryland Sheep Breeders Association
Maryland Agricultural Fair Board

Make It with Wool Program Objectives

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

Who Can Enter?

Age on January 1 of Competition Year

  • Preteens, age 12 and under
  • Juniors, age 13 – 16
  • Seniors, age 17 – 24
  • Adults, age 25 and older

Anyone regardless of race, creed, or sex who meets age and other guidelines may participate.

What Can I Enter?

ALL participants must select, construct and model their own garment(s). All garments must have been completed after January 1 of competition year.

Preteens may enter:

Dress, jumper, skirt, pants, shorts, vest, sweater, shirt/blouse, jacket or a combination of garments.

Juniors, Seniors, Adults may enter:

  • One-piece garment:
    Dress, jumper, outerwear jacket, coat or cape.
  • Two-piece garment
    Outerwear 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:
    Outerwear coat, jacket, cape; blouse/shirt, vest and/or sweater with dress, jumper, skirt, pants or shorts.

What Fabrics/ Yarns Can I Use?

  • 100% wool or wool blend (minimum 60% wool or specialty wool fiber) for each fashion fabric or yarn used. Specialty wool fibers include alpaca, angora, camel, cashmere, llama, mohair, and vicuna.
  • The entire garment body (back, front and sleeves) must be wool or wool-blend fabric. Vests worn with a suit, sport coat, or blazer may have a back of non-wool fabric. Vests worn as a top layer or with outerwear coat/ jacket must have a wool back.
  • Trims, facings, linings, interfacings and underlining may be from fabrics other than wool or wool blends.

How Can I Be Certain My Fabrics/ Yarns Are Wool?

  • ALL wool fabrics and yarns must be tested for percentage of wool fiber
  • Fabrics will be mailed for testing by the State Director on May 15, June 1, July 1, August 1, and September 1. No mailings after September 1. Allow a minimum of 2 weeks to get the test results.
  • There is a $7 charge for each fabric tested. Make checks payable to MD MIWW and send with one 4” X 4” sample. You may stitch small pieces together to obtain the testing size. Fabric squares should also be pressed flat.

Send to:
Judith R. Williamson, Ph.D.
MD MIWW - Director
6924 Girl Scout Road
Boonsboro, MD 21713

What are the judging criteria

  • Appropriate to contestant’s lifestyle.
  • Fit and overall appearance
  • Coordination of fabric/yarn with garment style and design.
  • Contestant’s presentation.
  • Construction quality.
  • Creativity in design and use of wool.
  • Conveys/ promotes the beauty, comfort and versatility of wool.


Judging is private and the judges’ decisions are final.

For Additional Information:

Write to:     
Judith Williamson, Director