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 wrapped the horn in plastic again so it wouldn’t stick to the hat.
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.
Not a lot of felting itself going on this week but I have been busy. Like everyone else I never have enough storage space in my studio so I painted up all the peices and hubby and son put a new shelving unit together for me. I started to put sort and put things on it already but more needs to be done.
I am teaching at a multi guild gathering today. We call it Distaff day and for a small fee you get two 2 hour classes, lunch, vendors and lots of chatting with like minded people. I am teaching nuno felt bracelets and taking hookers necklace. I will have pictures of the day in a later post.
I washed some old fleeces I found stashed away and salvaged a small amount of curls I will cut from the matted back. I don’t know where I got these but they would have been free. They don’t look bad in the pictures but they were in rough shape.
I received a raw flees I ordered for a hat project that you will get to see when it’s done. I was down to picking between 2 fleeces and in the end picked this one because I liked the sheep’s name. The fleece is very curly. I love the smell of raw wool.
Lastly around the farm: the chickens and turkeys arrived. The Black chickens are egg layers and the yellows are meat birds.