Felting is like magic -- it turns hand knit wool into a dense, luxurious fabric that is warmer and more water-resistant than the original knitted item. Once I figured out how to do this, I couldn't stop making these hats! I have already sold several at craft fairs and on consignment at Firefly Moon (Arlington, MA). Each of these hats is knitted from 100% wool yarn. It is felted using hot water, detergent and agitation then hand shaped and allowed to dry. Then the fun begins! The hats are hand-decorated with buttons, beads, gemstones and in some cases hatbands that were hand knitted by me using soft, colorful yarns that are left unfelted. (Felting requires natural fibers and, in addition, blurs patterns because of the compression that occurs during the process.) Some of the hats shown here are available for sale in my Etsy shop. If they are sold by the time you look for them, or you'd like something slightly different, contact me for a custom design..I've already made a few and the customers are very happy with them! The one shown in the above photo is available in the Etsy shop (click the photo) and is decorated with a copper Native American style button (not shown here but visible in the listing). The one below, in a gorgeous blue/grey and cinnamon color combination just sold for Valentine's Day, but I have matching yarn and can make a similar one to order.
This one, decorated with a designer button in green, yellows and black, as well as hand knotted green Swarovski pearls, is now available at Firefly Moon on Mass Ave in Arlington Heights. Also available there now is an elegant black hat with a classic black and white, pearly embellishment (similar to the one shown in the "four hats" photo below, though all those have been sold).