Here is my top hat on the Hat Shaper I purchased recently. Top hats remind me of Monopoly games and Steam Punk. I saw a few felted top hats on the internet and thought it might be nice to make one. Although it is looking good here, and I felted the heck out of it, it is way too thin and flimsy. I used some variegated 19 micron merino wool with 23 micron merino. I forgot to take photos of the layout. Although I did follow instructions, it didn’t turn out the way I hoped. I left it for a few days.
After thinking about what to do with this thin hat that would be no good except for scrap, I had an idea. This is what happens when you leave something for awhile. I turned it into a cloche. I used my smallest hat form (which is still big for me) and fulled the hat down some more and re-shaped it. Here it is now.
This hat has a nice floppy brim to keep the sun out of your eyes and weighs only 62 grams (just over 2 ounces). I switched out the hat band from the fedora I made and used it silk side out. The hat band was a head warmer I made last year, but I think it makes a very nice hat band instead. This hat is a nice, soft, but sturdy felt. I am of two minds to stiffen it as it is floppy, but that could be a good thing. Although wool hats are associated with winter, I think this hat would be great for anytime of the year as it is so light.
So the motto here is: When in doubt, don’t throw it out. Just make it into something else!