The creators of a three-piece wool ensemble and a sleeveless dress and jacket set won top honors at the National Make-It-Yourself With Wool Competition, held in conjunction with the 2000 American Sheep Industry Convention, in Denver.
Sixteen-year-old Camille Manville, Valley Falls, KS, won the junior division, with her three-piece wool suit comprised of single-pleated pants, top and jacket. Manville adorned the long-length, olive green and plum colored mini-plaid jacket with green piping and triangular-shaped buttonholes and the top with decorative stitches and double-needle, braided mohair yarn.
Manville's first-place ranking earned her a $1,000 scholarship from Pendleton Woolen Mills, $500 scholarship from the American Sheep Industry Women and wool fabric from Franetta Fabrics and Britex of San Francisco. Manville also took home a $150 gift certificate for her fourth-place ranking in the mohair portion of the show.
Nineteen-year-old Susan Rapp, Danvers, IL, took home first prize in the senior division.
Rapp's first-place prizes included a $1,500 scholarship from the American Sheep Industry Women and wool fabric from Franetta Fabrics and Britex of San Francisco.
First runners-up included Michelle Thorn, Woodward, OK, in the junior division and Jillian Southerland, Waxhaw, NC, in the senior division. Thorn won a Bernina overlock machine from Bernina of America, a $250 savings bond from Crescent Woolen Mills, a sheep pelt from Stockman Bank and fabric from Carleton Woolen Mills. Southerland won a Bernina sewing machine, a $250 savings bond from Crescent Woolen Mills, a sheep pelt from Stockman Bank and fabric from Pendleton Woolen Mills.
Sixty-two contestants--32 junior contestants, 29 senior contestants and one adult winner--walked the runway during the annual, much-anticipated event.
Barbara Harris, Lubbock, TX, was this year's adult winner. Harris' winning creation was a winter white skirt and vest set, adorned with pastel colored flowers and lace designs. A scattering of 3-D stitched butterflies, a belt embroidered with flowers and ribbons and 44 tiny pearl buttons completed the ensemble. The garments in this category are judged via photos prior to the national competition.
Harris' first-place prizes included a $100 gift certificate from Britex Fabrics of San Francisco, Franetta wool fabric and a sheep pelt.
Fifteen-year-old Carrie Fenner, Menno, SD, took home a Viking Sewing Machine, donated by the Viking Sewing Machine Co. and Vogue-Butterick, Inc., for her usage of a Vogue-Butterick pattern. Fenner modeled a completely lined, solid blue suit with black insets that added interest to her skirt and jacket combination.
Winners in the mohair division included: first place ($500), Julie Thormodsgard, Onedia, WI; second place ($300), Becky Elston, Reno, NV; third place ($200), Laura Wilmoth, Lewisburg, OH; fourth place ($150) Camille Manville, Valley Falls, KS; fifth place ($125), Jillian Southerland, Waxhaw, NC; sixth place ($75), Lindsey Hubbard, Greenfield, IL; and seventh place ($50), Erika Holmes, Cobleskill, NY.
The mohair gift certificates were made possible by the Mohair Council of America, Becker Angoras, 3-D Cattle Co., Armor and Barbara Earwood, Mayer-4 Ranch, Haby & Haby Angoras, Lockhart Angoras, Pfluger Ranch Co., Sonora Wool & Mohair Co., and the Wittenburg Co.
Marie Lehfeldt, Lavina, MT, coordinated the event for the fifth consecutive year.