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Ronan’s Sherman places at Make It With Wool nationals

by Lake County Leader
| February 1, 2022 4:14 AM

Montana Make It With Wool representatives showed off their talents during the 74th annual National Make It With Wool competition as part of the 2022 American Sheep Industry (ASI) Convention held Jan. 20-22 at the Sheraton Hotel and Marina Resort in San Diego.

Kiara Sherman of Ronan participated in the Junior category, while Mary Baeten of Billings participated in the Senior category. Montana’s Adult category winner, Jan Alexander from Miles City, competed in the national contest by mailing in her garment along with a video and photos.

Sherman constructed an off-white textured 100% wool double-breasted coat featuring a floral rose waterfall machine embroidery design along the shawl collar which highlights the color of her dress. Kiara’s stylish scarlet rose red dress is fashioned from a beautiful red wool and a vintage pattern. The dress is highlighted by gathers along the bust line and the skirt and features bound buttonholes.

Sherman placed in the Top 10 in the Junior Division. She also won the Machine Embroidery Award with her coat and received a cash award sponsored by Montana’s own LuvEweFarm from Havre.

Baeten created a Voyageur-style capote fashioned out of a Hudson Bay 3.5-point blanket that was purchased at an estate sale. The capote features a wide collar, pockets and a belt closure that Mary hand sewed together with yarn.

Alexander designed a cape and western-styled skirt. Her cape features back belt details and concealed pockets. The lambswool skirt has a deep slit in the side to show off her fancy boots.

In the national contest there were 21 Junior contestants, 18 Senior contestants and 21 Adult contestants representing 28 states.


Kiara Sherman displays her double-breasted coat, featuring a floral rose waterfall embroidery along the shawl collar, and her rose red dress, fashioned from red wool and a vintage pattern. (Courtesy of Montana Make it With Wool)

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