A little while ago I showed you the prototype for a large felt helmet I was planning and the finished hat. http://wp.me/p1WEqk-2rU now I thought I would show you some of the process. There are lots of pictures.
I used a dog brush to fluff up the ends of the horns. I never manage to keep the ends dry. I taped the resist inside the horn to the hat resist and then added some brown wool under the white so it wouldn’t show so much inside.
I added the wool for this side then did the same on the other side and added the raw unwashed Wensleydale fleece form a sheep named Wiki. It was important to use an unwashed flees so I could keep the curls and not have them all felted down. You can see the dirt running off when I got it wet. It took a lot of soapy water to get it wet.
The horns were a not very white after the first rolling.
After washing all the dirt was gone.
Even after fulling it was a big hat. I wanted to put it over a helmet but couldn’t find one so I put a hard hat harness inside so it is adjustable.
And here is me in my hat.