Four Hoosier ladies topped their individual competitions in the Make It With Wool competition sponsored by the Indiana Sheep Association. The contest promotes the beauty and versatility of wool for today’s lifestyles.
Winners are chosen in four categories, based on ages. The 2019 winner in the preteen division was Josslyn Massey, Zionsville. Madeline Douglas, Flat Rock, took first place in the junior division. The senior division winner was Olivia Lexie South of Marshall. Julie Jahn, Decatur, placed first in the adult division.
Each contestant selects, constructs and models their own garments. The garments must contain more than 60% wool, according to Robyn Heine, state director for the Make It With Wool competition.
Contestants can use a variety of techniques to construct their clothing, including sewing, knitting, crocheting and other forms of needlework. All but the preteen division winner will move on to compete against Make It With Wool winners from other states at the national level.
Douglas and South will represent Indiana at the national Make It With Wool contest at the American Sheep Industry Annual Convention in January in Scottsdale, Ariz. Jahn will compete nationally via video and photographs later this year. The adult division winner will be announced at the national convention.
The Indiana Sheep Association provided the information for this story.