Haywood 4-H'ers bring home top awards at Make it With Wool Competition

By Haywood County Cooperative Extension | Oct 09, 2016
Photo by: Haywood Cooperative Extension

Four Haywood County 4-H'ers participated in the North Carolina Make It With Wool Competition in Cabarrus County.

The state Make it With Wool Competition is sponsored by the North Carolina Sheep Producers Association, National Make It With Wool, American Sheep Industry Women, Cabarrus County Fair, and the North Carolina 4-H Youth Development Program.

The competition is designed to promote the beauty and versatility of wool fabric; encourage personal creativity in sewing; and to recognize creative skills among youth and adults.

The Sew Cool 4-H club members completed wool garments to participate in state level competition.

Johanna Carpenter, of Clyde, made a below knee-length orange and brown plaid skirt. Caitlin Ledding, of Waynesville, constructed a pink wool poncho with button closures, snowflake appliqués and a drawstring hood. Delilah Jenkins made a fitted pencil skirt in white wool crepe and a red wool crepe blouse with A-line features.

Junior participant, Ashlyn Clark, of Waynesville, made a custom vintage-inspired wrap-around dress in hot pink worsted wool and reversible black wool crepe.

Contestants were judged in four categories — construction quality; creativity of overall design; fit of garment; and presentation to the judges. During contestants’ presentation to the judges, participants were asked to explain the clothing construction process of creating their outfit and new skills they had learned through completing their garment.

In the preteen category ages 12 and under, Carpenter placed third; Ledding placed second; and Jenkins placed first. In the Junior category, ages 13 to 16, Clark placed first. As the junior winner for North Carolina, Clark is eligible to compete in the National Make it With Wool Competition held January 2017 in Denver, Colorado.

Coley Bartholomew, 4-H agent for Haywood County, received first place in the adult category. Bartholomew constructed a blanketed herringbone puffer-vest made with reversible black wool.

Heidi Jenkins is the sewing instructor for the Haywood 4-H program and club leader for the Sew Cool 4-H Club. She has a background in clothing design and fashion coordinator.

Jenkins assisted the Haywood participants with sewing techniques and skills necessary to complete their own garment.

For more information about the Sew Cool Club or other Haywood County 4-H programs, call the Extension Center at 456-3575.

The 4-H program is the youth education program of North Carolina Cooperative Extension, based at North Carolina State and North Carolina A&T State universities. More than 218,000 young people between the ages of 5 and 19 participate in North Carolina 4-H activities.

4-H is a community of young people across America who are developing leadership, citizenship, public speaking, decision-making, and life skills. 4-H is about having fun, learning, exploring and discovering. In 4-H, young people make new friends, develop new skills, become leaders and help shape their communities.

Haywood County 4-H has numerous special interest programs, school enrichment programs, day camps, 4-H clubs, and opportunities for youth to learn while doing.  For more information on the 4-H program in Haywood County please contact the Extension Center at 456-3575.