Hi everyone, am just back from a 3 day Quilt show - so catching up on responses. Some great progress on hats and some concerns, it appears. Will answer as best I can.
Radal and LtGreat - Fiber not felting well
. Hmm so Alpaca seems to be less scaly hair shafts than many wools if it is not felting quickly and firmly. Radal it seems your idea of layering or blending
with a firmer and faster felting wool might work. While Alpaca is outside my realm, have blended superwash merino roving with batt- when there was lots of superwash to a bit of batt, was never able to control the shape as much as desired - it made a looser but very soft hat. When there was lots of batt forming a base then covering it with the superwash roving, the shape was more controlable. If you have similar color good felting roving to mix with the alpaca using carders or pet brushes, that might work too. You may also find going to a smaller diameter hat form
helps. If Alpaca wet felts nicely, another option may be to wet felt it after developing the basic shape
. Anyone with experience on that? Please comment and suggest.
LtG, Noise when using plastic bag
to cover foam form. One can definitely do the process without the plastic bag, especially those such as yourself with the higher density purchased hat forms. Also hope your babe is feeling better today.
RecycleMicol, Stumped on Design
Are you uncomfortable with free form work? If so try using a quilting template
- feather, rope, wave or a Celtic pattern if you want a round the hat design, using roving or yarn.
Another thing is to take a basic shape cookie cutter such as a flower or star and use the cookie cutter as a template make some NF appliques
and then NF those into the hat in a set or as a pattern around the hat and connect the shapes with straight or wavy lines
You can also use other ribbon and felt shapes - this one has a velvet ribbon around the hat and circle of fulled red wool sewn into flowers.
Classic felt designs such as the waves on this hat (these larger designs do tighten the hat considerably)
Lay things on top of the hat, see what you like, play with it. Here is a group of several more designs - stripe winding over the top of the hat with a vintage buckle sewn into one side and feathers sticking out of it, pink is plain but decorated with a hat pin, brown is called "Loon's nest" fringe and then vintage mink flowers, Red is just laying on curly locks and felting them down then adding a medallion made of vintage buttons and new feathers.
One can add 3D shapes such as the roses on this hat
Some people use yarn wrapped around the hat with out felting it down.
Some sprinkle dots or bits of roving all over the hat and needle those in place.
OK that exhausts my ideas at this moment. Anyone else with ideas of designs or where to get inspiration for hat designs?
Caedara and Jane Doe - Awww, you all are so sweet. Thanks heaps!