I couple of weeks ago a customer - who over the last couple of years has become a pen-friend, asked if I could felt him a hat inspired by his favourite character on the game Mortal Kombat.. Shinnok (a wizard).
|image found onlineShinnok - whose hat is red and black..|
My friend wanted one in GREEN and black instead
This week I got to work on it.. and I was quite methodical with this one :)
|Resist for the first attempt..|
|3 layers of superfine (from UNshedded sheep!) black merino for the crown and point -|
4 layers of 24 micron emerald green for the brim
|Far too weedy!|
He'd look like a mad pixie in this one (it was too small too.. it'd shrunk
more than I expected - possibly because I used SF? I don't usually use it).
|Resist for 2nd attempt was much bigger|
|There were lots of silk inclusions on both sides of this hat.. |
cos the brim is turned up I had to lay out the outside of the point and inside of the brim in the first layer..
|Then 3 layers for point and crown and 6 layers for brim with the final layer being the inside of the point and|
outside of the brim
As always I worked it HARD.. to get a really strong, tight felt.
Having the 6 layers in the brim worked much better.. the bifurcated brim is much stronger, with the points stand proudly now :)
|Does it suit me :)?|
|Looks much better with a chunkier point |
and more volume in the crown..
And now it is winging it's way across the Atlantic to its' new home :)