Here I modified the snail hat template to make a cloche with earflaps. I used merino on the inside and Corriedale tops on the outside with some sari silk for embellishment. I had ordered loads of Corriedale tops when I was making vessels and thought I would see how it would work on a hat. As you can see, the colors are quite vibrant as they come in all the same colors as merino, but is a bit cheaper. It does felt well, but you need to work it a bit more.
Here it is all wet out and ready for a massage. It took ages to shape on the hat form as the top could have been wider. Note for next time. I bought a mini steam iron for just this sort of thing and steaming the top of the hat helped to really stretch it over the form. This is what the hat looks like reversed.
I used 4 layers this time. I thought 6 layers would have been too much, and definitely 2 would have been too little, so 4 is right in the middle (though 5 would have been ok too!) The 4 layers make it a little bit flexible for reversing it. I am in-between contracts at the moment, so I have had a bit of free time these last few days. I have been watching YouTube video tutorials on how to make flowers. There are so many talented people out there. The first flower brooch I made for the blue hat was made by making a piece of felt and then cutting pieces out and stitching them together. I didn’t need a tutorial for that, but it is a common method of making flowers. This time, I used a multiple resist method which connected all of the layers together in the center. The down side to this method is that it does take a long time to dry! I have also seen people use sanders when making a hat. It does cut the time down and can make a very nice fine felt. So the hubs researched a good and cheap one to buy, so guess how I am going to make my next flower brooch! This is what the hat looks like on. Please remember that it is winter in England and I don’t have a lovely young model with a small head to model my hats. It is just me and some bad lighting.
I’m really happy with how the hat turned out. Off to make another one now!