More Christmas Hats

in Crafting

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by Kate George
Novelist
1/6/2014

 

 

 

 

 

Turns out that wet felting your own felt cones is fun. Frustrating, no, Hair-Pulling Frustrating, but fun. I was constantly having to correct thin spots and whatnot – but you can choose your own colors – and you can always needle felt more color. I did find if i needled felted the wool roving before I started the wet felting process i had less trouble with thin spots, but I’m impatient and needle felting is time consuming.

Downton Abbey was the visual inspiration for most of my hats – except maybe the brown man’s boater style. It reminds me more of Mr. Collins in Pride and Prejudice. Please feel free to ask questions – I don’t want to bore you with the details of felting if you’re not interested but I’m happy to answer questions if you have them. Meanwhile the hats!

 

 

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Skye January 6, 2014 at 2:50 am

These are beautiful! How long did it take you to make each one? How did your recipients like their hats? How did you get that one hat to have a different color on part of it?

I am fascinated by the felting process and have been interested in doing needle felting because the end results are so cool. Is it difficult to do? When you have thin spots in the wet-felted piece, can you just add more wool and felt it into place seamlessly?

As you can see, I am very interested in your process and your final products. I think this is amazing stuff. You did an awesome job!

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Kate January 6, 2014 at 12:13 pm

Hi Skye,

Making hats is a process – you do one thing and then wait. Do another and then wait. So it takes from three days to a week to make each one, but only a small part of each of those days. And it’s really easy.

I use a combination of wet felting and needle felting and when I have a thin spot in a hat I add fiber with needle felting and then go through the wet felting process again.

The hat with multiple colors was made from three different fiber colors, and then, when it was done, I added a fourth to make it brighter. So the bright blue bits are needle felted on and not wet felted at all.

I hope the recipients liked their hats. They said they did, but we’ll see if they actually wear them. (I’ve been wearing the brown hat around the house. Stole it from my son – but he says he wants it back and will wear it.)

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