Felted Hat Wedding Shower.

Felted Hat Wedding Shower.

Last weekend I got to teach a workshop for the first time since covid hit. I have really missed teaching. I was contacted to teach a wet felted hat class for a bride-to-be. She wanted to do something different than the traditional bridal shower.  Everyone was vaccinated and we all wore our masks. It was a lot of fun.

Everyone picked their colours from The Olive Sparrow (https://www.etsy.com/ca/market/the_olive_sparrow) and I ordered them in. I have to say the wool arrived quickly and nicely packaged with labels. I point this out because I have ordered from other places and received a mixed bag of fibres and I was left to sort out what the colours were and prep it for class.  All the embellishment fibres were from my own stash.

Everyone picked the style they wanted from the hat samples I brought. Then they grabbed their wool and we started. I like to do 3 layers for hats. With the most shrinkage being around and with the resist we used it leaves room at the top for shaping.

once the first side was laid out it was time to embellish. picking out the fibres and seeing how they look is always lots of fun.

Don’t forget to take a picture so you can embellish the other side.

Then the hard work begins rubbing and rolling.

After much rubbing and rolling, it was time to remove the resist.

and now they try them on and wonder how they are ever going to make them fit.

Much more rolling and fulling later the hats are shaped and ready to take home and dry. Sorry I got no pictures of that part.

All in all, it was good to teach again and the ladies were great to work with. I think we all had a lot of fun. I need to thank Sabrina( the gracious hostess) for her pictures of the day or they would be sparse. I think she is happy with her hat. 🙂



16 thoughts on “Felted Hat Wedding Shower.

  1. What a fun day! And such a good idea for a wedding shower.

    Love the first try-on of the hats 🙂 and Sabrina looks good in her finished hat.

    Your tip about photographing the first side so you can match the reverse is invaluable.

    Let’s hope that you can enjoy more workshops soon.

  2. What a great way to celebrate with friends. I love the finished hats, especially Sabrina’s purple one (what a lovely name to live up to!). That lace blouse that appeared in some of the pictures would make a great nuno felt too. Here’s to more classes for you to run.

    1. Yes it was lots of fun and less stress than a reg shower. That’s the bride in the lace blouse. it would be fun to use it for nuno. I hope we can keep going forward and get back to normal soon.

  3. Your classes are loads of fun and it looks like this one was a great success. The hats are marvellous! I agree with you that Olive Garden is an excellent supplier, she goes a couple of steps further to help her clients.

  4. What a fabulous idea for a group party, wedding shower or not! My favourite pics are definitely the ones where all the hats are floppy! It’s almost magic to see how it goes from fluff to fabric, to a wearable in the end 🙂

  5. Glad you got to teach an in-person class again. Always such fun and this was a great idea for a bridal shower. It sounds a lot more fun than playing stupid party games and watching the bride to be open presents. And they all got to go home with a wonderful felt hat!

  6. The bridal party must have been creative from the get go Ann – to consider a felting adventure for a bridal shower. The finished hats are beautiful. I suspect a great and memorable day was had by all. 🙂

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