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graciedoo
« on: August 12, 2008 06:01:28 PM »

For my birthday this year, my brother gave me a beautiful vintage hat! I just can't express how much I love this hat. It's made of ruby red felt with a wide-ish brim and a sleek black band around the crown. Simple, but very chic. Unfortunately, it's too small. It's only about a half-inch smaller than my head, but I have very thick hair as well, so it's uncomfortable to wear.

The interior of the hat has "100% Wool" printed on it. Since it's a natural fiber, is there anyway to reshape or stretch the hat to fit my head?
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« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2008 06:34:46 PM »

random search when i did it on google. i used stretching wool felt steaming, since the steaming might soften it to allow you to stretch it if you can.
http://craftyvixens.tribe.net/thread/5d17186d-ef16-445c-8d31-6f0619ea812e
hope that helps or leads you to help ^^, im sure other craftsters will jump in eventally.
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SpottedFrog
« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2008 07:19:37 AM »

The art of shaping hats is called Blocking.
It takes a good bit of practice to learn how to block a hat up or down to a different size without loosing the design of the hat.

I live in Texas, and because cowboy hats abound, there are tons of places one can get a hat re-blocked pretty easily and it's not too terribly expensive ($15 last time I looked into it- for a hat that cost $100, that's not bad maintainance). If you don't live near cowboy country try calling a better mens store near you and ask for local refrences. Blocking usually includes cleaning as well Smiley
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graciedoo
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2008 11:24:14 AM »

kanhoro + penlowe, thanks very much!

In this case, I'll go with the professional option. I've never done anything millinery related before, and don't want to accidently misshape the hat.
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