ABOUT THE HAT!
Not sure about you, but I have always had issues finding just the right size hat (yes right size/not right hat). I should have known when I looked back at pictures of myself as a baby this would be a challenge throughout life (Mom holding me). While I am not a perfect hat size, my head is a little bigger than the standard. Of course, my friends laugh when I say this, but it’s true.
In recent years, I started to knit and my first project was a knitted hat. I then proceeded to knit more hats for myself, hubby and friends, etc. What fun this was, but yet the real challenge was to make a woven hat that fit.
Last summer I took my favorite woven hat, analyzed the construction then copied it onto newspaper. I then proceeded with some modifications to suit what I wanted, then cut up an old pair of jeans plus new print from my fabric stash. A few hours later I had a new, reversible hat. Pleased with the results I proceeded to make a few more for some friends.
|Hat on left is my original|
Fast forward to June 2015. Last month
I took Dawn Edward’s “Fantastic Felt Hat” workshop at the NEFS (New England Felt Supply). The class was fabulous taught by a wonderful instructor with a bubbly, fun personality. We worked with hat patterns provided by Dawn adding our own twist in the form of fiber/color. At the end of both days I had finished one hat completely, and come close to finishing a 2nd one except I needed to order another accessory to finish out the brim. I will definitely make more of these as it gives me a bigger palette to play with color.
After I returned home I tried another hat. I’m comfortable now with this new artform, so now it’s take to play around with new shapes and my signature bright colors.
No more complaints about hats that don’t fit.