Ohioan goes national with outfit made of wool

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DENVER — Dianne Galloway of Sandusky, Ohio, was named the 2008 national Make It With Wool adult winner, as the contest celebrated its 60th birthday at the 2008 convention of the American Sheep Industry Association and National Lamb Feeders Association in Las Vegas, Nev., Jan 26.

Going to nationals

Galloway, who combined several patterns to create a four-piece ensemble, won an all-expense-paid trip to the national competition and a long list of prizes. including a sheep pelt sponsored by the ASI Women.

The designers taking top honors at this year’s national competition were Emily Ellsworth of Frankfort, Ind., and Gabrielle Augustine of Palmerton, Pa.

Augustine won the title of first place junior 2008 Wool Ambassador wearing a three-piece ensemble that she constructed. Her fully lined plaid jacket was inspired by Amelia Earhart’s leather aviator coat and the coat’s collar and matching ‘newsboy’ cap and mittens were made from alpaca yarn.

Augustine’s winnings included a $1,000 scholarship from Pendleton Woolen Mills and a $500 scholarship from the ASI Women.

Top senior winner

Ellsworth was selected as the first place senior 2008 Wool Ambassador.

Her winning creation was a warm coat ensemble with a rounded collar, partial belt and covered buttons done in a coordinating tan suede fabric.

Ellsworth’s first-place winnings included a $1,500 scholarship from the ASI Women and $100 worth of wool fabric from Britex of San Francisco.

Carrie Holter of Jefferson, Md., and Sheilina Nohner of Watkin, Minn., won first runner-up junior division and senior division, respectively.

Design award

Winner of the Fashion/Apparel Design Award was Vi Vi Hua, a fashion/apparel design student at Houston Community College in Texas, who designed a long, black military style jacket worn over a high-waisted pencil skirt lined in geometric color blocks.

Hua received a $1,000 scholarship for her winning outfit from the American Wool Council and an all-expense-paid trip to the national competition.

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