Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Wet-Felted Fish Hat- Part 2 of 2

Covering the colored roving with a second layer of white wool.

 
The felted project, turned 'right-side' out.



After shaping and drying. 


This hat is certainly firm enough... 
 
...and you can see the subtle shading from the 'hidden' layers of color.



The fish is now hiding in sea grass...
 
...or maybe in the beds of kelp? :)

 
In situ.

 
So, this hat certainly turned out a lot thicker and firmer than my last one...

...but I feel like I could 'split the difference' and try a medium weight one next time.

The fish needs a bit of definition (embroidery?) to make it 'pop'...

...and since I trimmed the edge of the hat to get a better fit...

...I need to seal the edges, or edge it with a blanket stitch for a nicer look.

For now, though, I wear this on very cold mornings...

...when I'm feeling a little 'fishy'! :)

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9 comments:

Felting Sunshine said...

Can I call you Goldilocks? The next one will be "Just Right"!
I do love how the color peeps through and does not overwhelm the fish!

Janine said...

Wow, this is turned out so great, love the fish detail, I'm a fish too ;)) the colours are realy great, I made also onces a hat, but it shrunck to much, now it fits my grandsun ;)) I have to make one again ;))

Karolina Zienkiewicz said...

Twój kapelusz, to prawdziwy krok w dziedzinie ochrony przyrody. Po co niszczyć rafę koralową. Wystarczy zamówić u Ciebie tak wspaniały kapelusz. Jest śliczny.

Rachel said...

There's a hat that would be fun to wear!

FeltersJourney said...

Heather I LOVE this!
Definitely kelp beds I think :) The subtle colouring is very peaceful. I luuurve the shape, and your fishy is adorable! If you added the embroidered definition he would really stand out.. please post pics when you've done your finishing touches :)
xx

Zed said...

That looks great :)
Blanket stitch would be nice around the bottom. I need to make myself a felt hat, I keep buying commercial knit ones but they're just not right.

Heather Woollove said...

Kelly--I thought the same thing! (The next hat will be juuuust right!) :)
...I think the fish is a little 'lost' and would benefit from some embroidery, but I just haven't had the time.
Janine--I recently shrunk a favorite hat in the washing machine by accident, too. Boo hoo.
Karolina--I wish it were that easy!
Rachel--It certainly garners attention! :)
Deborah--Hahaha...don't hold your breath for the embroidery. It's been a whirlwind here, lately! :)
Zed--You do such pretty embellishment, your hat would be amazing!

Sandie Knapp said...

The fish is rather cute, but maybe better on the side? I like the thickness of it. Or is it too stiff because of that? Hats seem to be rather problematical. :)

Heather Woollove said...

Sandie--It's not too stiff...it's still pretty soft...but I think hats are supposed to be a bit thinner! :)