Encampment teen named National Junior Winner
The 76th annual ‘National Make It With Wool Contest’ was held in Denver CO in mid-January. Contestants from 25 states competed in creating wearable garments using fabric or yarn that is at least 60% wolf fiber. They can sew, knit, crochet or felt the clothing that is then judged for construction quality and fashion.
Madi, competing in the Junior division, representing ages 13-16, was selected as the National Junior Winner. She also won the Top Junior Construction Award, and second place in the Machine Embroidery category. Her series of major awards at the MIWW also netted her several prizes, including a $1,000 scholarship from Pendleton Woolen Mills and a $500 award from the governing organization.
Madi Dunning is the first person from Wyoming to win a top prize in the Junior or Senior Divisions. Her path to the national title began by competing in the Carbon County district contest, then moving on to the state level held in Casper, before competing at the national event. She will now serve as Junior Ambassador for a year, which will include attending next year’s event being held in Scottsdale AZ in January 2025.
Madi has studied sewing under Lynda Johnson for the past seven years. She previously competed in the Preteen Division for four years. She also won the Junior Division at the Wyoming State Contest the last three years. Ms. Johnson notes “Each year, she increased her sewing and modeling skills.”. This year Madi’s entry was a tailored green and black coat accented with machine embroidery on the front lapels and back collar and complemented by a black plaid fitted dress.