Banks girls put on big sew

Grace and Lydia Isaacson place high in 'Make It With Wool' competition
by: Courtesy photo The Isaacson family of Banks has once again garnered honors for its sewing prowess. Grace, 7, and Lydia, 6, (front row, above) placed well in an Oregon competition.

For a pair of young Banks seamstresses, where there's a wool, there's a way.

Cousins Grace and Lydia Isaacson were the pre-teen winner and pre-teen runner-up, respectively, in the 64th 'Make It With Wool' contest, held Dec. 3 in Sunriver.

Their sewing skills were on display in a blue plaid jumper made by Grace, 7, and a brown Merino wool jumper crafted by Lydia, 6.

Sponsored by the Oregon Sheep Growers Association, the annual wool contest 'promotes the beauty and versatility of wool fabrics and yarns while encouraging personal creativity in sewing, knitting or crocheting with wool fabrics and yarns,' according to Jana Webb, the competition's state director.

Grace is the daughter of Danl and Becky Isaacson. Lydia's parents are Doug and Janice Isaacson. The girls' grandmother, Andrea Isaacson, taught them how to sew.

The Isaacson clan is no stranger to success in the sewing arena. Last year, Grace's sister, Hannah, now 10, was the pre-teen runner-up in the state contest. And, multiple generations of the Banks family have entered the competition for more than 50 years.

Winners of the junior (ages 13-16) and senior (ages 17-24) divisions at the state contest earlier this month were awarded an all-expenses-paid trip to Scottsdale, Ariz., in January to participate in the national competition during the American Sheep Industry Convention.