I have added hand-made felt hats to the wearable art pieces I create. These one-of-a-kind hats are made from loose merino wool fibers and silk fabric, wet felted and blocked into many different styles, including hats with brims.
I learned the techniques to make felt hats at the John C. Campbell Folk School. These hats are the logical extension of, and pair nicely with, the fusion fiber silk and merino wool scarves that I’ve been felting for several years.
I create my unique scarves using the wet felting process known as nuno or fusion felting. Water, soap, agitation and heat are used in varying degrees to fuse ultra fine merino wool fibers into silk fabrics. I combine pieces of vintage silk, silk fabric, sari silk and my own hand-dyed silk using the felting process to bind them all together. This creates amazing textures in the silk and the combination of the melange of silks is stunning! I finish the pieces by adding appliquéd embellishments for even more texture.
I have been a member of this arts cooperative for ten years.