Felted hats are made using a resist – a piece of plastic cut in the silhouette of the desired hat but enlarged to allow for shrinkage. Wool is placed on both sides of the resist and lapped over all edges – so that the resist is totally encased within the wool. The entire piece is wet and manipulated until it begins to shrink. Once that occurs, the bottom of the piece is carefully cut open, the resist removed and further felting and fulling occurs. Once the desired head size is reached, the hat is placed on a block, shaped, pinned in place, and left to dry.
Below are current felted hats designed by the Village Knitiot. To learn more, or to make a purchase, contact Barbara Henry.
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