I have a new hobby. It's not like I was looking for another hobby. Not sure why I thought the round knitting looms would be fun but they are. What I like best about them is that they are fast. I can make a hat in an evening pretty easily.
This one is made out of pretty thick acrylic and polyester blend. It's nice and soft. Took about two hours using the round green loom.
What is really cool about this is that if you make the hat out of 100% wool you can felt it.
You have to make it much bigger than normal size to do this and there is a large yellow loom for this.
I'm not going to tell you how to do it because there are a million videos on you tube that do a better job of that but believe me when I say it is easy.
This hat is about 5" longer than it should be and about 3" too wide. You can felt it in a washing machine but not a front loader so I needed to hand felt it. You do that in the sink in very hot water with a little bit of dish soap.
Use rubber gloves both to use the hottest water and to provide roughness. You need to agitate it and squeeze it and rough it up. After about 5 minutes you will see it start to shrink and the fibers start to stick together. After about 10 minutes it looks like this.
At this point you need to have something to shape it on while it dries.
Here is a close up of the fibers.
This one was the first one I felted.
Now comes another fun part. Needle felting.
You can use carded wool, wool yarn or sheet felt. Here is some carded wool.
It's loose wool and the needle tool has 5 very sharp needles to push the wool into the hat.
You can also use sheet felt. Although apparently it does not even have to be wool as I found out the "felt" sheet I bought at the craft store is made from recycled plastic bottles!
You push it in with the same needle tool using a brush block as your base. I started with a pretty easy design to get a feel for how it works. I really want to eventually do birds.
So that's it for now. I've got another one going. Give it a try, you can get all the supplies on amazon of course or your local craft shop.