Tiger Tiger

February 26, 2016 § Leave a comment

Ever since I started making hats, I have wanted to make a tiger hat. Tigers are beautiful, striking animals, and I think one would look good in felt

So today I made the base of a tiger hat!

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Still needs ears of course. I managed to take some photos of the process this time too!

Like all my hats, it began with a flat resist made from thin packing foam

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The first thing I did was lay wool around the edge of the resist, so that it overlapped with the edge.

Then I lay down the first layer of wool. The overlapped edges were then folder into the other side of the resist. I then repeated that process until I had built up three layers on each side. Each layer was sprinkled with soapy water and then rubbed with bubble wrap so that the wool lay flat.

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On the third layer of wool on each side I put a layer of tiger colours – all hand dyed with food colouring! I dyed the wool last night in my kitchen.

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The last thing I did was add the stripes, and then I rolled the whole thing in bubble wrap for a long time, removed the resist and then shaped it into a head shape!

It was a lot of hard physical work, and made more work for myself than necessary by using a different breed of wool for the inside layer.

Most of the hat is made from Oxford Down, but I realised I did not have enough to complete the whole thing. So I put a layer of blue texel in the middle. The Oxford Down felted much faster and better than the blue texel, and there was a moment when I thought the whole thing might fall apart.

I managed to save it with a lot of vigorous felting, but I would warn anyone else making hats this way to avoid mixing your wools unless you really know what you are doing! It was very nearly a disaster!

Crisis averted though, it actually turned out very well!

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I will put ears on once it is dry. I am also going to add a button, so it can be buttoned up at the front. I remember to add a button during the wet felting process!

It may actually turn out to be my favourite hat so far!

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