Kylie Manville of Valley Falls was one of two Make it With Wool designers to win top honors at the national finals and award program during a fiesta-inspired style show at the American Sheep Industry Association /National Lamb Feeders Association Annual Convention on Jan. 26.
The second designer to win a top award was Mallory Muntefering of Dimock, S.D.
Manville won the title of First Place Junior 2013 Wool Ambassador. Finding a need for more dressy clothes in her wardrobe, Manville used a creative combination of wool and mohair textures to construct a versatile burgundy and black wool coat.
Her gabardine wrap-around suit jacket is detailed with curly mohair yarn that is needle-felted and appliqued to add interest and coordinate with a soft mohair boucle skirt. In addition to other prizes, Manville's winnings included a $1,000 scholarship from Pendleton Woolen Mills and a $500 scholarship from ASI Women. The junior division was open to youth ages 13 to 16.
Muntefering was selected as the First Place Senior 2013 Wool Ambassador by making a full-length front zipper and balloon-bottom cashmere coat with green, crushed velvet adorning the collar and sleeves. Her dress features a pleated center and is accented with a broach. Among other prizes, Muntefering's first-place winnings included a $1,500 scholarship from ASI Women. The senior division was open to contestants ages 17 to 24.
Brittany Lippy of Manchester, Md., and Jacob Worthington of Orem, Utah, won First Runner-Up Junior Division and Senior Division, respectively. Lippy made a semi-fitted, lined brown/blue tweed jacket and matching pants and vest in ivory and slate blue. Worthington made a light-weight brown heather suit consisting of a jacket with two single-welt lower pockets with flaps, a single vent and interior double-welt pockets and pants featuring front pleats and cuffs.