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Oregon Make It With Wool contest winners named

Three first-place winners will represent Oregon at the national competition in Texas.

By Jan Jackson

For the Capital Press

Published on November 3, 2017 6:05PM

Last changed on November 7, 2017 2:39PM

Quinn Hanna, of LaGrande, won the Adult Oregon Make It With Wool contest. She will compete in the national contest in San Antonio, Texas.

Jan Jackson/For the Capital Press

Quinn Hanna, of LaGrande, won the Adult Oregon Make It With Wool contest. She will compete in the national contest in San Antonio, Texas.

From left, Sara Treichel, of The Dalles, was the first place Oregon Make It With Wool Senior winner and Becca Ziegler, of Cloverdale, was the first-place Junior winner. They will represent Oregon at the National Make It With Wool Contest during the American Sheep Industry Association Convention in February.

Jan Jackson/For the Capital Press

From left, Sara Treichel, of The Dalles, was the first place Oregon Make It With Wool Senior winner and Becca Ziegler, of Cloverdale, was the first-place Junior winner. They will represent Oregon at the National Make It With Wool Contest during the American Sheep Industry Association Convention in February.


THE DALLES, Ore. — An enthusiastic audience cheered on the 50-plus contestants who competed in the 70th Annual Oregon Make it With Wool contest held Oct. 28.

Traditionally held during the Oregon Sheep Growers Association annual convention, the event took place during the Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival on the Columbia Gorge Community College campus in The Dalles. Children and adults of both sexes competed in the event. Sponsors included the Oregon Sheep Growers Association, Oregon Sheep Commission and Pendleton Woolen Mills.

The first-place Senior winner was 19-year-old Sara Treichel of The Dalles. The first-place Junior winner was 16-year-old Becca Ziegler of Cloverdale, and the first-place adult winner was Quinn Hanna of LaGrande.

They will represent Oregon in the national competition in San Antonio, Texas, during the American Sheep Industry Association Convention on Jan. 31-Feb. 3.

The first place Pre-Teen winner, which does not advance to the national competition, was 10-year-old Tora Jo Timinsky from The Dalles.

Treichel and Ziegler will model in the national competition while Hanna will compete by submitting her garment, photos and a video.

Chandra Worman, director of Oregon MIWW contest since 2012 and National MIWW fashion show director since 2013, was thrilled to see this year’s competition was such a success.

“I set a goal of 50 contestants and 60 entered,” she said. “It took a lot of volunteers and sponsors to put it on but it was definitely one of our best.”

Contestants were judged on quality of construction, fit, poise and marketability of the outfit.

“Years ago, it was common to see business suits in the Junior and Senior categories, but now it has shifted to age-appropriate garments that reflect the contestant’s lifestyle,” Worman said. “Sara won with houndstooth wool skirt and skirt length vest ensemble, Becca won with a wool skirt and a hooded wool coat made from a Pendleton Woolen Mills Melton and Tora Jo’s outfit was a wool summer dress.”

Hanna, a first-year seamstress whose daughter challenged her to enter the contest, won with a pencil wool skirt and open front vest.

In addition to other prizes, each contestant received 1½ yards of Pendleton wool fabric, which many will use in the garment they enter next year, Worman said.

The 2018 Oregon MIWW contest will be at The Dalles Middle School on Oct. 27; deadline for entry is Sept. 20. For more information, visit oregonmiww.com or contact Chandra Worman at cwloves2sew@yahoo.com.



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