|Trimming the flat felt I made yesterday - too stinking thin - ugh!|
|Adding 1 more layer to yesterdays felt and 4 layers to the outside.|
Rubbing vertically on the folds.
And rubbing some more
Rubbing with my knuckles
Now it may be hard to believe, but a piece of flat felt can be sculpted to the shape of a hat form - with enough rubbing. It's amazing to watch it take place under your hands. So, now that the folds are all gone and it's got a snug fit to the form it's time to trim and work the brim. After giving it a rough trim I secure the crown with an elastic band and then set to work on the brim. I am rubbing it with the handle of a wooden spoon to save the skin on my hands. For as soft as it is, it is quite exfoliating. That's why felted soaps are so great in the shower!
|All smooth and ready to trim|
|Rough trim, elastic to hold it in place and rubbing with a wooden spoon handle.|
|Sealing the trimmed edges|
|Rinsing - this takes a while too!|
|Drying by the wood stove|
|Completed flower & lace hat band|
I added some red lace to the flower but I'm not sure if I really like it. I'll include it anyway but let her know if she doesn't like it I'll make her another one. I really do like the lace hat band though. So pretty!
Come back tomorrow when I take the hat off the form, add the flower and hat band and present to you the finished product all together and beautiful! I am happy to answer any questions you may have and really do appreciate your comments. :D