‘What!’ you say, ‘a snail hat?’ Yes, a snail hat, but without the eye stalks. If you google wet felted snail hat, you will eventually find one with the eye stalks. The snail hat is another concertina hat. It is basically a cloche with horns/rosettes. If I had a grandchild, I would have made the snail hat to look like the snail, with the separate shell and all. But I don’t, so I didn’t. Even though it is cute. Instead, I made this. It had to be done!
I made the resist slightly smaller than suggested and was able to full it down to the size I wanted for my head. The bottom part of the hat is fulled to make a quite firm felt and has more layers than the rosettes. The hat is made with two shades of green merino wool on the inside and a rust and gold merino for the outside. I used some other orangey colors in-between. I added some sari silk fiber to the gold for a bit of interest and shimmer. I am quite happy with how it turned out and I also had a lot of fun making it. I am very happy to wear this fun hat. If it rains, I can always flip it around and have a visor to keep the rain off of my face! I have seen a version of this as a cloche with a wide brim. I thought it looked great and might have a go making that soon. The possibilities are endless.
I am back at work now, so it is dark when I get home since the clocks went back an hour. Therefore, hat making will have to take place on the weekends. I am going to do a hat making workshop in Dorking this weekend, so hopefully I will have something interesting to show you next week!