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Purdue University Senior Takes First Place at the National “Make It With Wool” Contest


Purdue University Senior Claire Lee, of Indianapolis, was awarded first place in the Senior Category at the National Make It With Wool Contest held in San Antonio, Texas.  Claire made a floral wool dress and blue wool lined coat ensemble. The national contest was held at the American Sheep Industry annual meeting.  Claire will serve as the Senior Ambassador at next year’s competition in New Orleans.

The national competition showcases and promotes the beauty and versatility of wool fabrics, yarns, and fibers and encourages personal creativity in sewing, knitting, crocheting, spinning, weaving, and other needlework arts. All contestants must select, construct, and model their own garment(s) made from more than 60 percent wool content. Contestants were judged on overall appearance of the outfit, sewing construction of all three garments and overall fit.

Zionsville Community High School senior Molly Grotjan, 17, was awarded fifth place in the Junior category with her navy blue lined skirt, lined color-blocked cream and navy top, and navy, gray and cream colored cape with button closure.

Anita Hardwick of Crawfordsville, was awarded fifth place in the Adult category with her blue and ivory wool blazer, top and skirt outfit.

The national contest is sponsored by the American Wool Council, the American Sheep Industry, and American Sheep Industry Women. The state contest is sponsored by the Indiana Sheep Association.

For more information about Indiana’s state contest on Sunday, August 5 during the Indiana State Fair, visit the Indiana Make it With Wool facebook page, or visit the National Make It with Wool Contest website. Entry forms will be made available in April. Deadline for entry is July 6, 2018.