SALEM - The art of "sew for yourself" and the elegance of wool will again take center stage during Oregon's 56th annual Make it Yourself with Wool contest to be held Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Riverhouse Hotel in Bend.

Oregon's junior and senior winners for 2002, Molly Murphy and Ashley Marcu, were shining examples of the Make It Yourself with Wool objective - to promote personal creativity and demonstrate the beauty and versatility of wool fabrics and yarns.

On Dec. 6, Oregon contestants will compete for the opportunity to travel to Sacramento, Calif., in January 2004 as Oregon's representatives in the National Make it Yourself with Wool finals. Junior and senior winners will receive an expense-paid trip to the competition.

The Oregon contest is open to all ages, with competition divided into age categories. Contestants must construct and model their garments made of 100 percent wool fabric or yarns and garments must have been completed after Jan. 1, 2003. Other categories of competition include Made for Others and Fashion Design/Apparel. Information regarding the Fashion Design category is available from program director Maureen Krebs.

Entry forms with contest details may be obtained from county extension offices, the office of the Oregon Sheep Growers Association or the Web site, or through program director Krebs. Entry forms must be submitted by Friday, Nov. 21, to be eligible.

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