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1  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / How to make felt pointy hats! Perfect for witch/wizard/pixie/Gandalf costumes on: September 05, 2010 11:14:07 PM
These hats are easy to make but pretty time consuming. They use wet felting (no knitting required!). If you havent done any felting before, I would suggest you first try making a flat piece of felt to get the hang of the technique, but nothing in this tutorial would be difficult for beginners. Next time I make one Ill take some in progress pics  Smiley

What you will need
  • Wool felt roving in colour/s of your choice
  • Tule or netting fabric approx x2 fat size (I used some recycled mosquito net material)
  • A bar of soap (make sure you dont hate the smell of it)
  • An old baking tray with deep sides (larger the better)
  • Access to hot and cold water
  • Something round and bigger than your head I use an old netball propped upright, but I would guess than any type of ball or upside down bowl would work. Remember to allow heaps of room for shrinkage.

How to do it!
    1.   First, set up your felting tray. Your ball or bowl needs to go in your tray and not fall over. Using a small bowl to support your ball is a good idea.
    2.   Drape one of your netting squares over your ball
    3.   Pinch out long loose strands of wool roving and drape them over the top half only of the ball. The fibres should go in all directions. Build up extra fibre around the brim area and plenty on top of the ball in a cone/pointy shape.
    4.   Look ok yet? Check whether you have enough fibre. When you gently put one hand under the netting and press your other hand against it through the wool, it should feel like a thick layer of material. Also check that there are no patches that are lots thinner than the rest.
    5.   Ready? Yay! Felting time! Gently drape your second piece of netting around the hat (not over the top cos you will squish your pointy bit!). Gently drizzle hot water over the hat until it is wet through.
    6.   Massage gently with the bar of soap until the hat is soapy all over and cool enough to massage by hand. Dont burn yourself!
    7.   Massage the top layer until it holds together well, then pull off the ball and massage the inside layer too.
    8.   When the hat holds together well and you are happy with the shape, fold the hat into a ball shape and put on a square of netting. Grab each corner of the netting so you have a bundle of hat. Squeeze some of the soapsuds and excess water out, then drench in hot water until it is no longer soapy. Give it a bit of a shake to get some water out, then drench in cold water until it is cool all the way through. Do another couple of hot/cold drenches then see how the hat looks. If you arent happy, try doing a bit of massaging in warm soapy water and you might be able to fix things.
    9.   Squeeze as much moisture out as possible
    10.   The hat will take ages to dry. Leave it somewhere warm and dry with some support inside to keep the shape (eg scrunched up netting). I would imagine using a hair dryer would speed things up, and if you are brave maybe the dryer but I havent tried this.
    11.   Post pictures! I wanna see!
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Radish Earrings (very Luna Lovegood!) on: September 01, 2010 06:24:42 PM
I know radish earrings have been done before (RedMenace has beautiful ones), but I absolutely needed some! I don't have pierced ears so I made some clip ons! Luna Lovegood would be proud.

I'm pretty useless at patterns, so I just used a needle and thread to clump seed beads into the right shape, then tied them to clip on earring bases. I used buttons to cover the front of the clip on bases. After that I gave the radishes 2 coats of clear nail polish to make them stronger and shinier, and the buttons 2 coats of red nail polish cos the colour was prettier than the original button colour Smiley

It was a very fun project and lots of people have commented on them so far. Most of them think they are strawberries, but I am quick to correct them lol.

I am so excited to be on Craftster! I only found this site yesterday and it is so cool! Hooray!
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