June 13, 2014


'Copper Penny' ~ wet felted using merino wool and silk fibres

'Copper Penny' ~ inside showing the seamless construction and shaping

Here is another hat... the only one for today!  If you are interested in learning how to felt hats and would like to see photos and more about the hat making workshops I am teaching at Rosehaven Yarn Shop in Picton please go back to my previous post (June 2nd).  If you are signing up for a class you should read that post for sure so you know what to expect.

One day hat making workshops:
Sunday June 29th 2014
Sunday July 6th 2014
Saturday July 26th 2014  

NEW *** flower making workshop just added ***
Sunday August 10th: Three spots available

To sign up and reserve your spot please call the shop at 613-476-9092 or email Lesley at knit@rosehavenyarn.com

The cost of the hat workshop including materials is $135 (9am to 5 pm).  You will complete a beautiful wet felted hat in this workshop which you will take home to dry.  The cost of the flower workshop is $120 (9 am to 4 pm).  You will complete two or three flowers using different techniques, different styles and colours. 

Rosehaven will supply the following:

100 grams of 22 micron fine merino wool fibre in the colours of your choice and silk fibres for design and embellishment along with a class handout with typed step by step instructions for the felting process.
along with the use of:
bubble wrap, olive oil soap slurry, polystyrene template material for resist pattern, pool noodle for rolling felt, nylon stockings for tying and scale for weighing fibre.

What you need to bring:

1.  squeezable plastic drink bottle with pull out nozzle OR ... a bonsai plant water ball (now available for sale at Rosehaven)

Bonsai water ball - highly recommended

2. a bucket (large plastic pail with handle)
3.  two large old bath towels (these can be found in thrift shops)
4.  two old hand towels
5.  one large plastic container (yogurt or ice cream or tupperware container)
6.  sharp fabric scissors and a needle and thread
7.  green garbage bag to carry all the wet stuff home
8.  note book and pen
9.  comfortable shoes
10. apron or change of clothes
11. if you can find one at a thrift shop...a plastic zig zag ridged juice container lid (which happens to be the best felting tool ever!) see photo below.

12.  AND...your lunch... OR there are a couple of fantastic cafes about one minute from the shop. If you bring your lunch there is a really nice spot at the shop to sit and enjoy.  You are welcome to make tea or coffee in the studio as well. 

If you are an experienced felter please bring your favorite implements for felting.  If you are a new felter just come, experience, experiment and learn.  You will also need to rest up!  Felting is quite physical and requires some stamina and perseverance.  I have had a few students who were quite surprised at what was actually involved in the process.  The class is from 9 am to 5 pm with an hour for lunch and we use every minute of that time.  I have had a class or two go past 5 pm just so everyone could finish.  Everyone leaves tired but happy (I'm sure they are happy because they are always smiling!) and with a new understanding about the wonders of wet felting a hat and why these truly unique and beautiful hats cost what they do!

In addition, bring your own ideas about style, colours and embellishments for your hat.  I have various hats in my studio for you to try on just to get an idea of what you like best.  For inspiration all you have to do is google wet felted hats.  You will be amazed at the number of sites you can connect to.  There are so many marvelous felters world wide.  It's amazing to think we can all connect with just a keyboard and a computer.  Well....almost all of us...you see I have this little Internet problem.  Because we live in a very rural area surrounded by very big trees I cannot get high speed Internet.  Just doing up one Blog post can take a few hours as my Internet goes in and out.  Yes, it makes me crazy.  (That combined with Blogger`s quirks is enough to make anyone insane!)  This is why I have a hard time listing other Blogs I like to follow in my sidebar.  So while I am able, I will share some of the Blogs, websites and Etsy Shops I have discovered featuring the most wonderful felted hats that inspire me beyond anything...right here in my post.

Here is some brilliant inspiration from the British Isles.  Britain is crawling with wonderful felters.  These are two sites featuring creative, young felt makers whose work I LOVE to follow. 

First is Deborah from Felter's Journey.  She has an amazing blog full of the most enlightening felting information and great photos....not to mention her wonderful felting work.  Find her at
www.feltersjourney.blogspot.com   This is a photo of her modelling her `Lord of the Rings`Radagast hat.  FABulous!

Deborah of Felter`s Journey in her `Radagast`hat

Then there is Zara and Paul at Inner Spiral.  They sell their hats on line and have an Etsy shop as well.  Their work is unique and quite breathtaking.  You will find them at www.innerspirals.com 

Here is one of their lovely, earthy Trilby hats.  They even make their own natural buttons.  Everything they do is sustainable and eco friendly.  They are also hoop dancers and make and sell their own beautiful hoops.  They spin gorgeous yarn and create free form crochet hats as well.  How inspirational is that?  I LOVE their work.

Inner Spirals one of a kind Trilby hat

I hope you enjoy exploring these websites as much as I do.  It is always wonderful to connect with others who share a love of felting and making hats (along with other lovely things). 

If hats aren't your thing a flower making workshop might be for you. For details see the Rosehaven Shop workshop page for dates and times. www.rosehavenyarn.com 

Flowers can be free standing or you may want to make an embellishment for a hat.  When I am lucky enough to find some great vintage wool berets at the thrift shop I make large, colourful flowers which I sew on to spice them up and give then new life.  I'll have to take some photos and add them soon.

Felted roses

A trio of roses

Felted flower embellishment for a hat

This lovely photo is of Susi Mayer who (lucky for us) worked at Rosehaven Yarns before moving to Germany at the beginning of the year.  We all miss her sweet smile and her enthusiasm for all things knitted, felted and woolly.  Wish you were here for some hat felting Susi! XO

Sadly Susi lost her battle with cancer on Sunday, June 29th 2014.  She leaves behind many broken hearts but also many joyful memories. 


No comments:

Post a Comment