Monday, February 21, 2011

"Dawn-Style" Hat

The layout with variegated wool roving.

 


Wetting out the piece...notice my spirals showing through as 'bumps'?

 


After felting...my first time using an open resist.

 


Finished hat with its matching scarf (from my last post).

 


If you are a regular reader of this blog...

...you probably know that I'm not much of a hat maker (or wearer)!

I think this is only the fifth hat that I've ever tried...

...but I really enjoyed making it, and may try another one before too long!

My friend Dawn has a special knack for making felted hats...

...and it was a thrill to watch the ease with which she completed each step in the process!

I laid out spirals of bright orange roving...

...then covered them with variegated wool roving, leaving the brim edge open.

I'd never used a resist without completely enclosing it before...

...so this was a new technique for me, complete with its own set of challenges!

Once felted, I placed the hat upon a hat block...

...and pinched folds into it, starting from the pointy top.

A little judicious steaming, and a little time to dry...

...and voila...a finished hat!

I love its scrunchy, compact look...

...and it might even be a hat that I will actually wear! Giggle.

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15 comments:

HADIAH SCHUMACHER said...

That's realy beautiful!
Hadiah

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Hadiah! What's fun about wearing it, is that you can open up the folds a bit to make it fit exactly the right way on your head for the weather!!

KB Design said...

Wie immer alles bei dir - wunderbar. Danke für die Bilder und deine Beschreibungen. Ich kann es ja übersetzten lassen, alles kein Problem.

Liebe Grüsse, Brigitte

vilterietje said...

very special! never done that before, but i can't see how to wear the hat?
i'tried your scarve, but....great scarve, no holes. could you explain how to do it, di you use scissers? love, riet:)

Heather Woollove said...

Brigitte--I'm SO glad that you can understand my English! My boyfriend is bilingual in German and English, but since he doesn't live with me, I must 'go it alone' with my comments!! Giggle.
Riet--No scissors at all!!! When you lay out the roving, leave lots of open areas, and then check it periodically as you're felting it, and 'open up' some of the holes that are trying to close (with your fingers) before you proceed with the final (hard) felting. Good luck!!

Kelly said...

Love it! I'm amazed at how tall the resist is and how compact looking the hat is! Love the "pleated" look!

WonderWhyGal said...

Ooooh! The hat looks sassy! Being a Michigan gal, I love my hats. Dawn's scarf pattern is so adorable too. I've had a hard time wearing felted scarves (that might be the knitter in me speaking) but I adore felted hats.

I hope you'll post a photo of it with you wearing it or at least on a display head.

Joei Rhode Island said...

Hats are a challenge. I've watched friends make them...but I've not been very successful. My DH uses one as a bowl Ha! Congratulations on yours!

FeltersJourney said...

I love the hat and the scarf Heather!! Absolutely gorgeous!
I like the shape of the template you used for the hat.

I want to see you modeling them :)
x

Corinna Nitschmann said...

Dear Heather,great color combination! Don't you want to show us a photo with the hat on your head? :-)
Thanks for your comment to my felted wall bag. Let me invite you to my felt blog I write in English:
www.cornit-felt.blogspot.com
It might me easier to understand than the german one :-)

vilterietje said...

heather thanks, i'll show todays production tomorrow and tomorrow i'll try again, love, riet:)

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks for all of your comments, ladies!!
Please check out my latest post for the requested photos!! :)

Patty Biermans said...

I think you made a beautful set! Hugzz...Peebee

Shepherdess said...

Love the hat and scarf. The colours are just what is needed in February. I am curios what is the benefit of not enclosing the resist?

Heather Woollove said...

Shepherdess--My friend Dawn is a fan of the open resist. She chooses not to cut the felt at all and uses a washboard to make a firm, thick edge by rubbing the brim along the wooden edge of the board.
I, myself, found this to be a bit difficult, but it may be something you'd like to try.