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Wet Felted Hats

I got a hat block for Christmas – Lucky Me :-) This one is a cloche style of hat block made of styrofoam from Gillian Gladrag . These hat blocks come in 4 sizes:

Metric Inches US UK Punti
55/56 21 5/8 6 7/8 6 3/4 4
57/58 22 1/2 7 1/8 7 5
59/60 23 1/4 7 3/8 7 1/4 6
61/62 24 7 5/8 7 1/2 7

Hat Shapers
Another good source for hat blocks.

Head and Hat Sizing

If you are not sure of your hat or head size, using a tape measure, measure around the circumference of your head. Place the tape measure across the widest part of your forehead, just above your eyebrows, around the tips of your ears and across the back of your head. Take the measurement with the tape measure snugly but comfortably around your head – not too tight, unless you like a very tight fitting hat. You may need a friend to help you with this.

The Punti measurement is half the circumference of the head, down one side – from the top of the ear to the centre of the head.

I am having fun experimenting with different methods of wet felting hats.
Merino Alpaca Felted Hat
Wet Felted hat made with merino wool and alpaca.
Merino Silk Felted Hat
Wet Felted hat made with merino wool and silk.

Here are some links for how-to instructions on making wet felted hats.

Wet Felted Vessel
Here are some detailed instructions for making a wet felted hat using a balloon as a hat form.

Hat Shapers
Instructions for how to felt a hat from Hat Shapers.

Fordan Designs
How to felt a hat using both needle and wet felting methods.

How to Wet Felt a Beret

Wool Felted Hat
Wool Felted Hats on Etsy

Felt Making

Felted Slippers
Wet Felted Cat Bed
Felt Pillow
Felted Posey Pot
Felted Easter Eggs

Felting Kits

 

Paragon Disney MICKEY, MINNIE MOUSE, DONALD DUCK Felt Christmas Ornament Kit

Paragon Disney MICKEY, MINNIE MOUSE, DONALD DUCK Felt Christmas Ornament Kit
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Creative Circle Kits 6141 Still Life Trapunto & 2434 Dear Heart Ornaments 1986

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* Paragon Sequin,Beads & Felt 3 Holiday Dimensional Spinners ornaments Yr 1984

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Dimensions Snowman Cheer Christmas Stocking Felt Applique Kit -NIP

Dimensions Snowman Cheer Christmas Stocking Felt Applique Kit -NIP
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Corfu Supported Spindle

Corfu spindle
A few days ago, I was delighted to find this wonderful gift in the post. My friend Agathi the weaver, from Corfu, sent me this beautiful spindle. It is like the one that her mother used to spin fine yarns on. Agathis asked her son Mario to make it for me.

This is such a simple design, yet very functional and effective. I haven’t spun on this type of spindle before, so did a bit of how-to research.

Traditional Hand Weaving


A fascinating video of how to spin on a Greek or Russian style spindle. Rather than the method we are familiar with, of supporting the spindle on your lap or in a bowl, she holds the spindle off to the side of her lap as she spins.
(Start the video at about 2 minutes)
She holds the spindle at the top and twirls it in her fingers. The twist travels up the yarn to where she pinches the fibre that has been drafted. As the spin in the yarn builds up, she then winds the spun wool onto the spindle.
The video continues on to show a warping method of winding the warp onto pegs in the lawn.

I think it will take me a bit of practice before I can spin using this method, but am finding that supporting the spindle in a small bowl on my lap is quite easy to do. I think it would be lovely to also own a small bowl made of olive wood, to support the spindle. I must buy one when I next visit Corfu.

I started the spinning by attaching a leader thread of already pre-spun wool yarn to the base of the spindle. My spinning was quite thick, lumpy, bumpy at first, but with a bit of practice, it is getting better.

Corfu Supported Spindle

If you would like to own one of these spindles too – I am sure that her son Mario would be happy to make one for you.
Agathi doesn’t have a website, but you can contact her by snail mail or by phone.

Agathis Handmade Lace and Handcrafted Olivewood
Kassiopi
Corfu, Greece
49081
phone: 26630 81315

Fleegle Spins on Russian Spindles

Spindle Spinning

 

BRAND NEW IN BOX Janome HD3000 Mechanical Sewing Machine

BRAND NEW IN BOX Janome HD3000 Mechanical Sewing Machine
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Baby Lock Symphony Sewing Machine

Baby Lock Symphony Sewing Machine
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Ashford New Zealand top whorl drop spindle spinner NEW unused

Ashford  New Zealand top whorl  drop spindle spinner NEW unused
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MAPLE DROP SPINDLE W/ DIRECTIONS SPIN WOOL CRAFTS handmade of USA woods

MAPLE DROP SPINDLE W/ DIRECTIONS SPIN WOOL CRAFTS handmade of USA woods
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How to Needle Felt a Snowman

Making a needle felted snowman is a good beginner needle felting project. You will learn how to form a ball using needle felting, how to make indents and shapes and how to join 2 needle felted pieces together.

Needle felted Snowman

Form a small ball with the roving.
Begin to needle felt the ball by poking the wool with the needle about 10-20 times.
Be very careful not to poke your fingers – it does hurt.
Rotate the wool ball about a 1/4 turn and continue to poke the wool.
Work your way around the whole ball, smoothing and shaping the wool as go around.

Needle felted Snowman

After you have worked your way around the ball a few times, the wool will start to harden and felt.

Needle felted Snowman

Hold the ball of wool in your hand and feel for any soft spots.
Needle felt these areas a bit more, so that the wool ball feels evenly felted around.

Needle felted Snowman

The wool will continue to harden and felt the more that you needle felt it.
Before it gets to a very hard stage – where it starts to get difficult to needle felt it any more – stop.

And make another slightly smaller ball for the head of the snowman.

Needle felted Snowman

When both balls have been needle felted but are still slightly soft and squishy you are going to join the 2 balls together by needle felting them at the neck of the snowman.

Needle felted Snowman

Put the 2 balls together, and needle felt them by poking the needle through both the head and the body.
This will joing the 2 parts together because the wool is being pushed through the head and into the body of the snowman.

Needle felted Snowman

Now it is time to form the face.
Needle felt small indentations for the eyes and mouth.
Take a very small strand of black wool roving for the eyes and form a small ball in your fingers.
Needle felt the eye into the indentation in the wool.
Do the same for the other eye and the mouth.

Needle felted Snowman

Make slightly larger indentations into the body of the snowman for the buttons.
Using black wool, form small balls for the buttons and needle felt these into the body.

Needle felted Snowman

Crochet a small hat with fine wool yarn.
Attach this to the snowman’s head by needle felting it into place.

Needle felted Snowman

Crochet a small scarf and attach this by needle felting it around the snowman’s neck.

Interweave Promo: Needle Felting

Felting Projects

Needle Felted Ornaments
Felted Posey Pot
Wet Felted Eggs

 

Paragon Disney MICKEY, MINNIE MOUSE, DONALD DUCK Felt Christmas Ornament Kit

Paragon Disney MICKEY, MINNIE MOUSE, DONALD DUCK Felt Christmas Ornament Kit
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Creative Circle Kits 6141 Still Life Trapunto & 2434 Dear Heart Ornaments 1986

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* Paragon Sequin,Beads & Felt 3 Holiday Dimensional Spinners ornaments Yr 1984

<div>* Paragon  Sequin,Beads & Felt 3 Holiday Dimensional Spinners ornaments Yr 1984</div>
Current price:
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<div>* Paragon  Sequin,Beads & Felt 3 Holiday Dimensional Spinners ornaments Yr 1984</div>
Seller: eBay

Dimensions Snowman Cheer Christmas Stocking Felt Applique Kit -NIP

Dimensions Snowman Cheer Christmas Stocking Felt Applique Kit -NIP
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$9.99
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Dimensions Snowman Cheer Christmas Stocking Felt Applique Kit -NIP
Seller: eBay
 

Sami Open Braid Weaving


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