I love purple. It is supposed to be a healing color and is why the Amethyst stone is supposed to be calming. I used to have a Lavender bedroom when I was a girl and I have one now, as well as my living room. I love purple sofas. As I look good in purple, I thought I should have a sofa in a color that will complement me when sitting on it! I looked at my wool stash the other day and noticed that I have a lot of different shades of purple, more than any other color. So, imagine my surprise when I ‘found’ a couple of felting batts I made from my bits of purple. Really, I have been so busy that when I made them and put them away, I forgot about them. So, I really was surprised, and pleased to have something that was ready to go. It called to me to make a hat.
Here is my template for a basic cloche hat. It is 40cm wide at the bottom that includes a 20% shrinkage rate. You can see how much the hat shrunk. I could probably get it to shrink more, but that would shrink quite small and hard. I used one thin layer of merino batt in Heather from World of Wool for the inside. It looks more like pale lavender, but never mind. I then wrapped one piece of the felting batt on one side of the outside. It needed a bit of stretching out to fit, but I just added a few small pieces of merino to fill in the gaps. I needed to take more care on the second side. I wanted the sides to match up so that there would be no obvious seam. This is where patience and a bit of thoughtfulness pays off as I needed to very carefully wrap the sides so they would line up with the first side. I managed to pull it off. It took me about an hour to lay down and wet the wool. I didn’t’ use any embellishments. I needed a cup of tea after that!
This is what it looks like:
Instead of a cloche, I thought I would try another concertina hat with a rolled brim this time. The wool told me to! I really like the rolled brim. One of the nice things about making hats is that if you change your mind, you can actually change your hat. I still have plenty on top to pull down into a cloche shape if I wanted, but for now I really like it. It just took me a little while to work out how I was going to wear it before deciding on the above, see below also.
This is a nice, soft hat. Light as a feather and warm as toast! I think that will be my catchphrase as it sums up the hats made with batts at the moment. It looks really good with the nuno felted scarf I made the other day too! We had a bit of sunshine for about half an hour so I grabbed the hubs to take some photos. He has a better camera on his phone! I think I need to make a hat in another color next time!