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Fall Fashion, Woman's Felt Beret, Nuno Felted Hat,

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Autumn Colors in a woman's felted hat -

As I put the finishing touches on this felted beret, realized that it had a touch of Kate Middleton to it – it's rather like that brown hat she wore on St Patrick’s Day.

This handcrafted beret is a milk chocolate, toffee brown color, a delicious shade of soft Merino wool from my British supplier. The hat has nuno felt inlays of upcycled, shiny ,copper silk and bronze fabrics layered in on one side, which sets off the elegant simplicity of the unadorned side. It is the kind of hat that goes with anything! A classic that is also, one of a kind, Wearable Art!

The beret has an asymmetrical shape, with a crest-pleat shape felted in. I’ve added a few tiny stitches to help hold it and felt has the amazing property of 'remembering.' The head size edge has been rolled and hand sewn for a neat finish.

Two tiny wig combs have been hand sewn in, on either side, above the ear area -- just to make sure your hat won't blow away in a strong wind! One shouldn't have to hold on to one's hat in the wind!

Size:
The hat should fit a range of 22-22 ¾ inches (55.88– 57.78 cm).
It measures 10 inches (25.4 cm) in diameter across the top.

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Care:
Sheep wool resists dirt and rain excellently!
This hat can be gently hand washed in cool water with mild soap.
Rinse, blot on a towel, shape and air dry.

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You can find more Felted Berets in this section of FeltHappiness : http://www.etsy.com/shop/FeltHappiness?section_id=11000875

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How this hat was made for those who are curious:

I started with a handmade base of brown Merino sheep’s wool, which I laid upon a circle shaped resist. Then, I carefully laid copper and bronze colored fabrics and bits of more brown wool.
The fibers were then gently rub-a dubbed with watery mixture of natural olive oil soap. Stronger rubbing continued, until the fibers interconnected and became felt. It was a rainy day, so the hat got a bit of pre-rolling in the dryer (along with the rest of our laundry). Then, the proper rolling stage was next, to firm up. An opening was then cut into the hat and the resist was removed. Next, I rubbed a lot more on my high tech drain board and then rinsed in clean water.

Finally, the fun really began! I hand draped the felt on my balsa wood head block to form this exciting asymmetrical shape. Lastly, the hat was air dried and tiny stitches were sewn in to hold the folds and some bits of the fabrics.

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Frequently asked questions about FeltHappiness

Head size:
Every head has its own unique size and shape which can be measured with a flexible tape measure, or even a piece of string.

Take the tape measure and encircle your head, just above top of ears. Make sure that the tape measure goes over that small bump at the back of your head. Please don't pull it tightly. Leave a little 'ease' so that one finger can fit under the tape. An ear to ear measure can be helpful too.

Measure 3 times: it is surprising how it can vary!
Inches or centimetres is fine.
Most FeltHappiness hats can be washed.

Merino wool is a natural fiber that is water and stain resistant.
Hand wash, in cool water with a gentle soap. Rinse.
Blot dry on a towel, shape and air dry.

Hats with wired brims can be spot cleaned, with a damp cloth.
In an effort to be sustainable, all orders are carefully packed with new 80% recycled, kraft tissue paper. A stenciled paper band and raffia tie finish off the parcel, making an artistic presentation.

Hat orders within the US are shipped in USPS Priority Mail in USPS Priority boxes. Hat orders outside of the USA are shipped First Class US International Mail in sturdy cardboard boxes.

Brooches and headbands are shipped First Class Mail in padded envelopes.

Please let me know if the parcel needs Signature Confirmation to keep it safe.
Wholesale orders are welcome.
Please contact via the Etsy Convo/Email system.
Custom orders are welcome if you would like a hat in another color or size. Expect the creation of a handcrafted hat to take a week, depending upon my schedule. All other items shown are Ready to Ship.

Fall Fashion, Woman's Felt Beret, Nuno Felted Hat,

Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: handmade felt, felted hat, Merino wool, matching thread, sheep wool, toffee brown wool, chocolate brown wool, copper silk fabric, shiny fabric, soft fuzzy wool, nuno felt, textured felt, upcycled fabric
  • Ships worldwide from United Kingdom
  • Feedback: 42 reviews
  • Favorited by: 11 people