Wet felted hats over gertie ball

Felting With Friends- Wet Felted Hats

Wet felted hats over gertie ball

For their fun girls getaway, these women decided to make some wet felted hats! Suzy Whitney taught her friends how to wet felt a hat on a gertie ball- what a fun weekend idea!

They look like they had a lot of fun- hats make a great holiday gift. :)

If you would like to make your own felted hat, try out our Living Felt needle felting a hat kit.

brown and green needle and wet felted hat

Needle Felted Structured Hat

brown and green needle and wet felted hat

Jeanne Cote of Quebec needle and wet felted this wonderful hat using the Living Felt Needle Felting a Hat Kit. She used Merino Cross Batt Bamboo and Willow for the color options.

We really love how she wet felted so much structure into it.

Jeanne says, “I love felting, it is sublime!” We agree with you Jeanne!

If you would like to see your own creation on this blog, send us pictures at submissions@livingfelt.com. You will also be entered into our weekly $25 gift card drawing!

Beautiful Ocean Inspired Needle Wet Felted Sculptures

Beautiful, Unique, Ocean Inspired Sculptures

Beautiful Ocean Inspired Needle Wet Felted Sculptures

These beautiful and unique sculptures were needle and wet felted by Peter McMasters of Wisconsin.

The middle white piece was made with Alpaca and Mohair fibers. He needle felted it then finished the look by wet felting it.

All of the other pieces were made in sections. First the tentacles were felted using a variety of wet felt techniques while still leaving the ends dry to needle felt right into the base of the sculpture. The object in the lower left is felted around glass, so the wool could be cut away to reveal the glass underneath.

Peter usually felts wearables- hats (made using Living Felt Needle Felting Hat Forms), scarves, and purses- but upon invitation to the Iowa Sculpture Festival he decided to show them what wool is really capable of- magnificence!

Thank you for sharing your remarkable sculptures with us, Peter!

To see more of his creations, visit his website at: http://www.sprywhimsy.com/

Living Felt 1 Purple-Maze-2

A Little Felted Flair for the Winter

 Mary Ashmore created this wonderful, free spirited hat, and we think it will turn a few heads this winter!

Mary shares her technique, and says, “I wet felt a basic  hood and then shape it on a plain hat block.  I use sewing, needle felting, blocking, wire and anything else that may come to hand to create the shapes which I do free-form (wherever the felt takes me.  This hat is a combination of merino and corriedale.  I blend different types of wool and occasionally silk to produce felts with different properties.

 

I learned early on that Olive Oil soap is wonderful for felting and leaves the wool in great shape.  I use your olive oil soap because it’s a good value and great quality, and I don’t just use it for feltmaking.

Fantastic Felted Purse and Feathered Hat! ~ by Leeann Puleston

Wet Felted Hat

Wet Felted Hat

Wet Felted Hat

Wet Felted Hat

Wet Felted Purse

Wet Felted Purse

These daring designs come from Leeann Puleston of Aurora, CO.   You are a queen of detail work, Leeann! We can always expect something exciting from you.  Love the feathers :)

“Ok this [hat] is Robbin Hoods revenge or according to my husband what a bird would look like after it hit me while riding my scooter.  The purse was oodles of work it is a nuno collage with silk using 20/80 Woodlands.  The strap is a Tansung silk cord and needless to say the infamous wirelace,  its only 3×6 inches on the felted part.  Got a more conservative one on the way – well compared to this anyway.”


Leeann Puleston ~ Aurora, CO

Wet Felting Class for Campers! ~ by Michelle Bowman

Michelle in her Wet Felted Hat

Michelle in her Wet Felted Hat

wet felting on a ball

wet felting on a ball

wet felting on a ball

wet felting on a ball

wet felted Hats

wet felted Hats

wet felted Hats

wet felted Hats

wet felted Hats

wet felted Hats

wet felted Hat, needle felted flower

wet felted Hat, needle felted flower

Michelle Bowman of Westminster, CO (showing of her beautiful hat in the first picture) taught her friends how to wet felt on a ball during a recent camping trip! What a lot of fun – and what wonderful results!  Thanks for sharing that great experience with us Michelle!

” Over the days of our camping trip (June 16 – 20), twelve people worked through the project all the way through, and another 6 people worked on their hats the weekend after we got back into town. I’m including a picture of my hat also, the one I made to test out the [hat on a ball] technique.

We camped at Sylvan Lake State Park, outside of Eagle, Colorado; the lake/mountain pics were taken there. I taught using the the method described in the ‘hat on a ball’ kit I purchased from you guys. However, I took the opportunity to teach needle felting to those people who ended up with some holes in their hats–we needle-felted to patch the holes. That added a ‘rustic’ look to hats which already had a very organic shape to them. Then, they kept going with the needle felting, and you’ll see the pic of the hat with the needle-felted flower! It’s such fun to give people a basic idea and see where they go with it! All the hats have different shapes and styles.

For a camping project, this one worked pretty well. The main challenges were: 1. creating a place where we could lay the batts down on the ball without the wind blowing it all away. And 2. heating sufficient quantities of water

We had a pretty good-sized walled pop-up enclosure to work in, but that also served as our group’s only shade for our camping area. So, on the very hot days, we had to put off the felting to avoid heat stroke!

We had propane to heat water, and we got good workouts hauling water from a few hundred feet away. While we worked, we talked about what people had to go through to make felt in the old days, which really helped people appreciate how good we have it today!

Thanks for your help in working out solutions for some of the problems we had. Feedback on the project and on feltmaking was very positive, and I think we have some new felting fans!”

Michelle Bowman ~ Westminster, Colorado

Stunning Needle Felted and Wet Fulled Hat! ~ by Leeann Puleston

Needle Felted and Wet Fulled Hat

Needle Felted and Wet Fulled Hat

Needle Felted and Wet Fulled Hat

Needle Felted and Wet Fulled Hat

Wow! What an amazing work of art! This beautiful hat was entered into a magazine contest and I’ll bet it takes home top prize! Great work Leeann!

“This is my very first needle felted/wet fulled hat.  For lack of a hat shapper I cut down a large vinegar bottle and stuffed it with towels then turned it over and placed it on a flat surface for the brim.  This was made with an underlayer of merino a layer of your lovely batting and a top layer of merino, NZ Corriedale and 20/80 silk with designer looped mohair.  The embellishments were needle felted, with one of my dichroic cabachons in the middle and wire lace.”

Leeann Puleston – Aurora, CO