Meighan Stevens-National Adult Ambassador winning entry

Ohio shines in National Make It Yourself With Wool contest

By Melinda Stevens, Ohio Make It With Wool director

The National Make It Yourself With Wool competition was recently held in Scottsdale, Arizona. Forty-six contestants from across the country showcased their one-of-a-kind wool creations to a packed house during the grand finale banquet on Saturday, Jan. 25. The Junior category is for contestants up to the age of 17 and the Senior category covers up to age 25. Contestants must win their home state contest in order to proceed to the national level.

Ohio has long been the state to beat. In the past 5 years, Ohio contestants have been awarded multiple national placings and overall national ambassador awards. This year we are once again proud to announce that our Ohio representatives have been recognized with numerous awards.

Ohio Junior representative, Michaela Hahn, had her first experience on the national circuit. She placed fifth overall nationally as well as receiving second in handwork and second in machine embroidery.

Charlotte Waldron, winning coat in the senior division-National Senior Ambassador

Our Senior representative, Charlotte Waldron, was awarded overall Senior Winner and thus earning the title of National Senior MIWW Ambassador for the 2020 year. Charlotte has represented Ohio several times at the national level and we are extremely proud of her and her accomplishments. Her winning scholarships will come in handy to help further her education.

In a separate contest, state adult winners garments were judged in Colorado and an overall national winner was selected to be the Adult National MIWW Ambassador. This year the recipient was our Ohio contestant Meighan Stevens. In addition to the cash award and paid trip to Arizona to model her creation, her winning garment will be featured this Fall in Threads Magazine, along with Senior Ambassador Charlotte Waldron.

Interested in entering the MIWW contest? Check out the National Make It With Wool page online at www.makeitwithwool.com and also our Ohio Make It With Wool Facebook page for information throughout the year.

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  1. I am so impressed by MIWW Competition Winner 2020, Charlotte Waldron, whose beautiful coat graces the December issue’s cover. That coat is so reminiscent of those worn in the 1963 movie CHARADE staring Audrey Hepburn where she showcased the beautiful designs of French designer Hubert de Givenchy who took the A-Line design to a whole new level with the use of beautifully tailored fine quality wool coats and dresses that had simple round or stand up collars and whose classic elegance was favored by other fashion icons like Jackie Kennedy and Grace Kelly.

    It looks Charlotte modified and narrowed the lower body panel’s width of McCall’s pattern #6800 into the more flattering A-Line rather than the intended full flared skirt effect, which was so favored by de Givenchy along with his stand up collars and slightly larger, cloth covered buttons with the bound button holes which are a mark of fine workmanship found only in high quality clothing.

    I am so impressed and heartened by what Charlotte did with that pattern that I do hope she, or someone on her behalf, actually contacts McCalls or another pattern company, to offer her modified and more stylish pattern for consideration in next years pattern book(s) and I do hope that this coat was not a single A-Line style creation but reflective of a genuine interest in reviving this most flattering and comfortable clothing style because A-Line style dresses are the fastest pieces of apparel to don for today’s working women whose demands on her time are forever increasing. A little drop in the front of the neck-line will allow he dress to be popped on over the head without need of zipper (instead of cutting the hole too big making it look sloppy) and this is the easiest style for a newbie sewer to make and feel proud of, which is a great incentive for future projects.

    I ask that you forward my email directly to Charlotte so that she as well as your magazine staff can appreciate the fuller impact that one cover picture of her winning wool coat design has had on your readership. That picture of her coat, spoke volumes.

    Best Regards

    Cynthia Marshall
    Halifax, Nova Scotia

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