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    812-Lancaster Farming, Saturday, February 19, 2000
Pennsylvania Teen Second Runner-Up In Make It
Yourself With Wool National Competition
Gay Brownlee
Somerset Co. Correspondent
IRWIN (Somerset Co.)-A West
moreland County teenager was
second runner-up in the Make It
Yourself With Wool (MIYWW)
National Competition junior
division title. The event was
January 13-15.
Erin Stennett, 17, from Irwin,
constructed a slacks, jacket, and
top ensemble that won approval
from the judges.
Last Oct. 16 in Johnstown,
Stennett had won the junior
division title in the Pennsylvan
ia MIYWW Competition. The
outfit was also a state-winning
4-H project.
“The National Wool Comp
etition was more competitive
than 4-H,” she said. “They had
some amazing outfits.”
Sarah Flannery, Sipesville,
Somerset County, represented
the senior division, but did not
win at Nationals.
Among her awards, Stennett
received a sewing machine from
Brother International; $175 Sav
ings Bond from Drake Livestock,
Windsor, Color., a sewing basket
from Prym-Dntz; and fabric
from Woolrich, Inc.
MIYWW National Competi
tion is held by the American
Sheep Industry Women to pro
mote wool for sewing, knitting
and crocheting fashionable gar
ments. Wool is a natural fiber
that helps to regulate the body
temperature in warm or cool
times. It is versatile, wearable,
durable and resists flaming nat
“This is my first year in Make
It Yourself With Wool,” said
Stennett, who is a Norwin High
School junior and 8-year mem
ber of the Hempfield Vogues 4-H
“My one 4-H leader, Sue Van-
Horn, knew about it and told me
I should enter,” she said.
The pattern she selected, in
reality, did not seem a difficulty
project for Stennett’s experience,
despite its being considered
advanced, she said.
“I don’t think anything will
be too hard anymore,” she com
There was extensive seam
detail involved to create the
smartly-styled and unusual jack
et. It called for small abstract
patches to be cut out and pieced
In 100-percent wool felt, the
dark purple jacket was pat
terned with a collar, collar band,
dropped shoulders, insets, pock
ets, self-fringe, and long sleeves.
Side pockets, back darts, a
waistband with carrier and front
fly closure, were featured in the
The rosy-colored wool crepe
top, she reported, tended to bub
ble up every time she tackled its
different diagonal seams. Fitting
it for her tall figure was
achieved only by uninterrupted
concentration. Still, to pin and
repin the troublesome ateas, she
confessed the extra fingers of a
4-H leader were needed.
“I (usually) don’t let anybody
help me,” she said. “If they try to
talk to me I would rather be left
alone. It’s like ‘Don’t ask me
questions, I’ll ask you,’” she said.
“I want to stay focused.”
Besides a long, fringed scarf
that utilized leftover slacks fab
ric, Stennett also designed a flat
shoulder bag, braiding a strap
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Erin Stennett holds one of four prizes she received as
second runner-up at the Make It Yourself With Wool
National Competition-fabric from Woolrich, Inc. She also
won a sewing machine, savings bond and sewing basket.
Pictured January 15 at Make It Yourself With Wool
National Competition in Denver, Colo., are Erin Stennett,
left, and Sarah Flannery who represented the Pennsyl
vania entries. Stennett was second runner-up in the junior
division. She is from Irwin, Westmoreland County.
Flannery is from Sipesville, Somerset County.
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