SOMERSET, Pa. — Pennsylvania’s Make It With Wool competition was held Oct. 20 in Somerset, Pa. The junior and senior winners will travel in January to San Antonio, Texas, to compete in the 2013 National Make It With Wool competition.
A tradition for more than 60 years, the Pennsylvania Make It With Wool Competition was held at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, Somerset, Pa., with 24 contestants participating in the statewide competition.
The nationwide competition was started to encourage the use of wool fibers in making handmade garments. The purpose is to focus attention on the beauty and versatility of wool. It can be used for sewing, knitting and crocheting and from casual to formal attire. Wool is known for being able to regulate the body’s temperature, absorb moisture and be flame-resistant.
Contestants participate in the contest by constructing a garment made of at least 60 percent wool, either by sewing, crocheting, knitting or weaving. There are five divisions in which to compete: pre-teen (ages 12 and under); junior (ages 13-16); senior (ages 17-24); adult (ages 25 and older); and “made for others” (any age), where the garment is made for someone other than the person who did the constructing.
In this year’s pre-teen division, Elizabeth Bruner of Indiana County, Pa., took first place with her wool jumper made with an Easy to Sew Simplicity pattern. In second place was Rebecca Schaefer of Beaver County, Pa., in a poncho, vest and slacks outfit.
The junior division runner-up was Katherine Porter of Bradford County, Pa., with her Tommy Hilfiger-inspired ensemble. Angela Villanueva of Lebanon County will represent Pennsylvania again this year in the junior division at the national contest. Angela won with her knit dress of naturally variegated, gray, rescue-sheep fleece.
Gabrielle Augustine of Carbon County, Pa., was the winner in the senior division with her fashionable grey Bagdley Mischka pencil dress and variegated purple shawl. She created a second entry that was the runner-up. This outfit was a three-piece ensemble. She will also travel again to the national contest.
Sharon Donahoe of Bedford County, Pa., placed first in the adult division, wearing a three-piece ensemble that featured a fully-lined Chanel jacket, fully lined, Anne Klein loose-fitting pants, and a Badgley Mischka blouse. There was a three-way tie for second place between Kathy Augustine of Carbon County, Vernyce Dannells of Philadelphia County, and Joan Klein of Beaver County.
In the “made for others” category, there was another three-way tie for second place — Joan Klein of Beaver County made an outfit for her 95-year-old mother Emilie Wells; Rebecca Schaefer of Beaver County made a matching outfit for her younger sister Jordan; and Kathy Adams of Indiana County made an outfit for her godson, John Clark Bruner. Sharon Donahoe of Bedford County was the first-place winner with an ice fishing outfit she made for her daughter, Kristie Corle.
Other contestants competing from around the state included preteens Sombre Carleton, Leah Flick and Maggie Townsend of Beaver County; Hannah Scannell, Lebanon County, and Jade Wilson, Crawford County.
Also competing in the junior category were Arianna Carleton, Rediet Schaefer and Emily Young of Beaver County, Stephanie Augustine of Carbon County, and Katelin Young, Adams County.