Since I’ve cleaned up my work space AKA The Dining Room, I have been enjoying the room more. It looks more spacious and feels calm. I decided that I would no longer start a project at the end of the day! That meant we had to eat elsewhere and therefore it wasn’t always a good thing. If I decide to make something big, like a scarf or shawl, I would need to work on it early and then fold/roll it up if I didn’t finish. That way I could put the work aside and be able to eat at the dining table. I have been focusing on doing smallish things in the meantime so I don’t have to extend the table leaves.
In early March, I decided to make a black Fedora for the hubs. Here is the layout above. I am working inside out. I used 2 layers of merino batt for the outside (first layer) and soft merino tops for the inside. My hubs is bald, so I wanted something nice and soft against his head. I don’t have any other progress photos for this hat. I felted the hat to size, but I wasn’t happy with it when it was dry as it felt too soft. So I just left it until I could work out what to do with it. This week I re-wet the hat and fulled it some more to shrink it and make it hard. You need a hard felt for this type of hat. It took a lot of work of rolling and rubbing, but I got it to the size I wanted.
I do have a Fedora hat shaper, but it is in my size. I also have polystyrene hat blocks in 4 sizes (but they don’t make one in mine!) that I purchased here. You don’t actually need a hat shaper to make a Fedora. For the hubs, I used the hat block in his size, but I used the hat shaper as a template for the brim. I shaped the hat with a steam iron after it was dry.
I bought some hat stiffener from Etsy a while back and I will be using it on this hat as I want a stiffer brim and top. I also need to make a hat band and get some trim around the hat brim, but I can’t seem to source brim ribbon at the moment. I will need to wait until the haberdashers reopen. So, although the hat is basically, complete, it isn’t quite and will be just sitting around until I can do the final touches.