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« on: March 11, 2013 09:14:36 PM »

Last fall, I took a hat class with Hillevi Huse on making wet-felted hats using resists in various forms. These hats are made from merino (mostly), with only two thin layers of fiber and a large shrinkage rate (probably around 50%).

I made this hat in class, it has a rosette on one side and a twisted horn on the other:

(merino, silk, and banana fibers)

This hat was also from class, it is merino with wensleydale locks, shaped sort of like an hourglass with the top (with lock) inverted over the bottom (no locks).

This one was me playing around with a resist at home, simple with just one rosette:

And another resist test (this resist needs some work), pixie hat with banana fibers. The resist is too long in back, among other things, although it looks a lot weirder on the hat form than on an actual person.

The last one I did using a glass washboard - very efficient for working all that shrinkage, but I need to find a better way to use it that doesn't result in painful welts on my palms....

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« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2013 09:21:37 PM »

These are all stunning. Such beautiful felting!

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« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2013 10:02:48 PM »

What fun projects!!!

I took a millinery class eons ago, but it didn't include any wet felting techniques. There are so many possibilities!!

Have you tried using a felting stone (instead of the glass washboard)??

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« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2013 05:13:06 PM »

Amazing! I am so intrigued. The blue one with the single rosette reminds of something from like the '40s or something. Sweet.

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« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2013 08:23:28 AM »

These are so funky and fun!

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« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2013 10:03:58 AM »

All of these are so fabulous!  Your wet felting skills are amazing Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2013 12:09:37 AM »

I love love love the last one !!!! Would really like to see some "action" shots of you wearing them out.


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That's some skills!
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