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!
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
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.
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.
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!
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!