Early Celtic Art Challenge Project Part Three

The next part of my pileus hat project for the Celtic Art 2nd Quarter challenge was to add the prefelt design to the hat.

Here I have just laid out the two layers of cut out prefelt to make sure they were still going to fit. I was a bit concerned that the hat might have shrunk too much but it was fine.

I separated the two layers of cut design and pinned one in place. I then basted the prefelt in place as I didn’t want it to shift. I was originally planning on using lace weight wool to stitch the prefelt in place since it would just disappear but then I read the label and it was superwash. I was afraid I would end up with loops of wool thread on the design since it wouldn’t shrink down. So I ended up using an old purple polyester thread that I had on hand.

Once I got one side stitched on, I lined up the second piece of the design, pinned it in place and basted the second side.

Here itย is after basting both sides. The center is where the ends of the two designs come together. Once felted, I don’t think you’ll be able to tell that it was in two pieces to start with.

Then I began the felting of the prefelt design into the hat with gentle rubbing and cool, soapy water. It felted in quite easily and didn’t shift at all so I was glad I had taken the time to baste everything down.

Once the prefelt was felted in and well attached, I began fulling the hat. Again by rubbing and a bit of rolling on itself. At the very end I did a bit of throwing too.

And here’s the hat after being fulled. You can still see the design but it is definitely subtle.

I stuffed the tip with plastic bags and put it on my hat form to dry. It is a goofy looking hat when on and I’m sure you’re sorry that I didn’t take a photo of it on my head. Hubby said it looked like a dunce cap. I decided to add stem stitch with the wool superwash lace weight thread.

I added stem stitch right around the edge of the Celtic design.

Here’s the hat completely finished.

Here’s a closer view of the design. Click on any photo to see it closer. I like the white on white design although it’s hard to see in the photos. Not sure I’ll ever wear this hat but it was a fun challenge.


About ruthlane

When I discovered felting in 2007, I finally found the creative outlet for which I had been searching. I love that the versatility of fiber allows me to โ€œplayโ€ with a wide variety of materials including wool, silk, fabrics, yarns and threads. Creating one of a kind fiber art pieces to share with the world fulfills my creative passion.
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12 Responses to Early Celtic Art Challenge Project Part Three

  1. Lyn says:

    Yes, I’d like to have seen you wearing the hat ๐Ÿ™‚
    It’s a great challenge piece and getting the two pieces of pre-felt to join perfectly is impressive. The stem stitch finishes the hat well – it must have taken you some time to achieve that neat stitching.

    • ruthlane says:

      Thanks Lyn, I might post a photo of me in the hat on the forum. The stitching took a couple of hours but it’s an easy stitch to do.

  2. Hi Ruth , i like the hat and celtic art you put on it. I think i would rather take an other color to stitch with, so your art will give a better appearance.

    • ruthlane says:

      Thanks Jifke, I was trying to stay more authentic to the style which is all white. Another color would definitely show up more.

  3. Leonor says:

    You know now we’ll want to see a picture of you wearing the hat, right? ๐Ÿ˜€

    I’ve a question: you didn’t use the SW yarn because you were afraid it wouldn’t shrink (very likely) so opted for polyester – does the latter shrink?

    • ruthlane says:

      Perhaps on the forum, I will post a goofy photo. The polyester doesn’t shrink either but that doesn’t matter since I removed it all. I was planning on leaving the wool thread in if it hadn’t been superwash.

  4. zedster66 says:

    The hat looks great, Ruth! And your stitching is so neat ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Marilyn aka Pandagirl says:

    It’s definitely subtle so it’s good you added the stitching. Can you alter shape by adding folds? Like a concertina hat? Or is it too well fulled?

    When did you take the basting out?

    • ruthlane says:

      Thanks Marilyn, I did try adding some folds to see how it would look but it’s a bit too short with folds. I took the basting out before I fulled it.

  6. Flextiles says:

    It is subtle but very true to the original. No comment on how it might look when worn! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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