I had a lovely email from a gentleman in the US who loved my Radagast hat, and wanted to know if I could make one for him. Of course this was the perfect excuse to make the Radagast #2 :)
This hat needed to be bigger as it was to fit a mans' head, but it also needed to be a more masculine version than the first hat.. more like the one in the movie. So the crown needed to have a lot more to it.. so it could be wrinkled and crumpled on top of the head.. and the brim needed to be much more chunky and less dangly.
|New resist.. a simple bell shape.|
Liberally scattered with silk caps
|I used three fine layers.. the first is dyed merino|
The second is natural brown merino which is a little coarser / hairier.
On top of the second layer I scattered lots of tussah silk fibre in browns and black
|The third layer is dyed brown merino, with a little green merino|
and quite a bit of tussah silk fibre and silk caps plus a little white flax fibre
I must of gotten carried away with the felting.. I forgot to take photos for a while. But I worked it, and worked it.. a LOT! When it was fully felted and had shrunk down by half, I cut a wedge out of the front (where the face will be) and created the front flap separately.
|Healed all the edges, and set the hat on the block to dry. The sides|
and back are folded up and there is plenty of hat on top :)
I let the front flap dry slightly crumpled.
|Once it was dry I stitched that widest edge of the flap|
to the front of the hat. Then stitched the felted quills in place and added a couple of buttons
|Love this one! |
I think the new resist shape is the way to go with this
I got the worn, weather beaten look I was going for :) Its nice and soft and snuggly.. not heavy or stiff 'cos the layers were laid down really fine. Hope it's new owner is as happy as I am when it arrives.
I had a little fun with the box that I posted it in :)
Next time.. the last of my current scarf posts :)