Boxy Hat and Some Dressmaking

Over on the Felting and Fiber Forum, Judith (AKA Koffipot) very kindly compared my chain and flame hats to David Schilling’s creations. I confess I had never heard of him before this discussion, although I did recognise some of his Royal hats, I thought one of them might have been princess Beatrice’s “toilet seat hat” as Ann so aptly described it 🙂 but it turns out that this is a Philip Treacy hat.

Looking through a gallery of his work I started to wonder if some of the shapes could be realised in seamless felt….? Looking at his hats has sparked a few ideas that I hope to realise in felt.

One of them looked like a gift-wrapped box and I wondered if I could make a small stack of felt boxes set at jaunty angles. This is the block for the base of the stack and a test run to see if I could make a felt box stiff enough to keep its shape when worn:

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Keeping with the resist theme, this hat used the book style resist I wrote about last week.

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Adding some hand-dyed cotton:

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I have also been doing some home work for the dressmaking course I started a couple of weeks ago, but I’m afraid I made a boob… cutting the last panel for my dress I forgot to flip the pattern piece to get a mirror image and didn’t realise until I had cut the piece out. Now I don’t have enough fabric to complete the dress so I will have to make some more 🙁 But I need to make some felt for Ruth’s screen printing course so I will just make a job lot 🙂

This is the dress I will be making (no changing my mind now if it doesn’t work!):

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The white will create the centre panels with the blue forming the panels down the sides.

I also made a start on the prep work for Ruth’s experimental screen printing class that started yesterday, I have made 2 screens, 1 large and a smaller square one.

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Pickle inpsecting my handiwork, he has been told in no uncertain terms these are NOT scratching posts!

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More on the screen printing course later…

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5 comments

  1. You are a very busy lady! I’ve Forgotten to flip a pattern piece, very frustrating so you’re not alone. I hope you can make it work. I can’t wait to see your box hat! Good luck!

    1. Thanks Marilyn, it is totally gutting when you realise you have just cut out the wrong pattern piece, ah well I guess this means I will have more felt to play with in Ruth’s class…

  2. I love the hat and can’t wait to see how it develops further. Looks like you are doing well with your first week homework. You should post a photo of your screens in the homework section. Maybe it will get other students to post theirs too. Many people are reluctant to post in class, not sure why.

    1. Thanks Ruth, the boxy hat (stage 1) is nearly dry and looking like it will work. Hopefully I will get enough time next weekend to make a couple of smaller boxes to sit on top of it but I might be too busy screen printing instead 😉

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