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Topic: Feltalong #8 Needle felting over a 3D form - Hat  (Read 37096 times)
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« Reply #10 on: September 08, 2006 10:47:16 AM »

great work on the tute grace. i wish i had the time and space to make a hat with a form.  Tongue soon. soon. haha that's what I always say.
As for an optional hat form. the Wet felt method uses a ball. That's where i got the idea of using a balloon for the vessel tute. i wonder if nerf has ever manufactured a larger foam ball and if you could use that?? I dunno... thinking out loud here... Undecided

ladies-can't wait to see your creations. i drooooool over felted hats...  Grin
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« Reply #11 on: September 08, 2006 10:53:17 AM »

I tired making a hat once and it turned out...interesting. Wink Thanks for the tutorial; I'm definitely going to try this next. Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: September 08, 2006 12:00:15 PM »

Great idea Lexis - one could most likely cut and do a bit of reshaping to the nerf ball -  Maybe make a small wrist bag from the regular size one - would that fit into your fiber space and time?   Or take a rectangle or square of foam from 1/2 to 2 inched deep, clip of the corners on one end and make a clutch purse.

jezebel7383, great - hope the ideas regarding the form turn your next hat from interesting to awesome.  As soon as we have a few folks ready with forms - whether hat or bag or etc.  Stage 2 - layingout fiber and needling will take place.  So join in if you would like.
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« Reply #13 on: September 08, 2006 02:13:30 PM »

Just had a pm with a question of whether for a very first hat it was necessary to cut the bolster and make an oval form.  In case you too were wondering -
One gets a nicer hat with the oval shape, but for a first hat, just using the circle will be fine too.  What ever you are up to doing.  Would recommend cutting the edge down so the hat will have a more rounded top.

Was also asked if not having a wooden or other hat block or head form for final blocking would be a big problem - That answer - It is nice to have a head block for finishing, but not necessary - you can use your own head for blocking.  Steam the hat put it on when still slightly warm and wet and leave in place - without pulling and twisting - until dry.  That will be covered in depth when we get to it.  But wanted to let you all know, you can make a great hat without all the whistles and bells - I do love fancy tools though.
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« Reply #14 on: September 08, 2006 03:40:36 PM »

I ended up running to jo ann's today (instead of Sunday.  I just couldn't wait!)  All the bolster pillows they had were filled with stuffing, not a foam tube shape.  So I bought some 5" flat foam and glue with intentions to create my own.  No problem.  I had a 40% off coupon, so not too bad on the price either (the 5" foam is $45 a yard, I got 1/4yd) 

Why do I tell you all this?  Well, as I was leaving, (after I paid for my purchases) I saw a flyer for a sale on Sept 9th (tomorrow).  The foam will be 50% off!  Tomorrow only, but I thought I'd share in case anyone else is interested.

Now, I'm off to get the car ready for our journey to the wool fest!  (am taking all three of the kids cause dad is in OH with his fam so we need lots of snacks and other such treats to keep the inner monsters from coming out Grin )
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« Reply #15 on: September 09, 2006 12:48:18 AM »

How much wool is required to make just the basic hat shape? There's a couple things I'd like to buy to do this with, and I think it's being sold in 50 gram lots.
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« Reply #16 on: September 09, 2006 02:38:44 AM »

How much wool is required to make just the basic hat shape? There's a couple things I'd like to buy to do this with, and I think it's being sold in 50 gram lots.

Oh, oh, am not sure in grams.  Between 4 to 8 ounces - depending on how thick you want the hat and how firmly you felt it.  And it also depends on the wool itself.  Because of using batt and buying in 1/2 lb to 1 lb batts - I just keep pulling it off until the depth and overall size is right.  Will try and measure/weigh some when making my next hat.
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« Reply #17 on: September 09, 2006 04:07:58 PM »

GAck! Had a bit of a panic attack hearing that the form bolster pillow was not at Chipper's JoAnn's store.  So headed into town today to visit the local JoAnn's - they have the fabric and poly fil bolster but also had 2 of the foam forms.  A very nice clerk scanned it for me and said there are many more in the warehouse -so it does look as though these ought to be available at many JoAnn's stores.  The one I bought today cost $14.99 (thank goodness for 40% off coupon) Unable to find it at JoAnn on line however.

The foam cylindar bolster is made by June Tailor - DecoWrap No-Sew Pillow Form - JT-992 Neck Roll Pillow 6"x16"  http://www.junetailor.com -their price $17.50

Also available at Hancock's Fabrics on-line for $12.99 http://www.hancockfabrics.com/category/4687.html

Since polybatt was on sale, picked up a cheapie $3 roll that was pretty much in an oval rolled cylindar and will try making a hat form with that.  Was thinking of just sewing a cotton/lycra jersey cover - will see how that works. 

Any other ideas?
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« Reply #18 on: September 09, 2006 08:51:54 PM »

I've never seen foam forms at our JoAnns, only the squishy ones. I may end up just buying one. Tongue
But on the plus side, I wonthis gorgeous wool this morning on eBay for my hat.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ih=020&item=300022813731&rd=1&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWN%3AIT&rd=1
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« Reply #19 on: September 10, 2006 02:20:00 AM »

Droll, Drool... oh jezebel what beautiful fiber.

Was dreaming about how to make a squishable hat form more inexpensively and have an idea to cover an oatmeal tub with foam.  One of my hat blocks is a 1930-1950 not sure of age home made block made from a coffee can, cardboard and felt - the same basic design concept may translate to foam.  Will try that too.

Sometimes we have more time than money and sometimes more money than time- and sometimes we just don't have access to the tools, equipment we want- it is just so nice to have ways to address all three.

There is no shame in buying a ready made hat form  Grin  They are made of high density foam and most of the sellers are small business people who benefit from the sale.

Oh and Chipper, when it gets light enough to get over to my studio without a flashlight, will pull out a millinery book - remembered there is one with a pattern for oval head shapes.  If you can get the book from the library, the pattern would make a great template to put on the block foam and cut around.

The block foam was not on sale Sat. so am waiting for the next 40% off coupon to get a 1/4 yard of the 5 inch for experimenting.  So for now, leaving it up to you to do the experiments and tell us what works and what does not.
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