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Black and white felted hat, inspired by Hello Kitty and other kawaii cuties, a hat with ears and Op Art patterning - it's an animal hat for an adult.

A few years ago, I attended an inspiring art exhibition of Japanese characters. There was a whole bedroom devoted to Hello Kitty paraphernalia. And while this black and white beret is decidedly NOT pink, it has some of the kawaii charms of Hello Kitty and Sailor Moon. In addition, the two white ‘ears’ evoke a bit of Japanese Samurai, (or a mouse or hamster), which is certainly smile-worthy.

Process: For this hat I started with a handmade base of soft, white Merino sheep’s wool, which I laid upon an elliptical resist of plastic. Then, I cut out handmade, black prefelt to form concentric rings, for that OP ART feeling. Carefully and artfully, I arranged the black on the white and added two white, circular felt flaps. The fibers were then rub-a dubbed with natural olive oil soap for a long while to felt and interconnect the fibers. Then, the hat was rolled to firm up and make a strong felt. An opening was then cut into the hat and the resist was removed. Rubbed a bit more on my high tech drain board, rinsed, shaped, and then air dried.

To finish the beret off I have carefully hand sewn a 1 ¼ inch wide headband of pre-shrunk, black fabric (cotton-linen-viscose material) to the felt. The white felt ears have been given a stitch or two to pop up as a perky bow. In between the ears there are three tiny black buttons, 2 on top and one right above the head band. The buttons hint at a certain cute animal. The buttons are sewn on in contrasting white thread.

The hat can be worn a variety of ways: you decide if you like the white ‘ears’ facing front, or to the side. What ever way you wear it, it is a whimsical and modern hat!

The beret has a head size range of 22- 22 ½ inches (55.88–57.14 cm).
The elliptically shaped hat has an 11 ½ inch (39.2 cm) diameter across its widest point.

Care instructions: felt is a natural fiber that is particularly water resistant and stain resistant. This particular hat can be hand washed, in cool water with a gentle soap. Rinse. Blot dry on a towel, shape and air dry (please not in a dryer).

Another of my hats with an animal theme can be found here - http://www.etsy.com/listing/167980807/crazy-felt-hat-fish-headdress-new-years

More of my practical and fantastical hats can be found at http://felthappiness.etsy.com

Animal Hats - Op Art meets Hello Kitty Hat with Ears - Kawaii Beret Hand Felted Black and White Hat - Japanese Inspired Whimsy Adorable Hat

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: handmade felt, Merino wool, black cotton linen viscose fabric, matching thread, sheep wool, natural wool, black buttons, white wool, black wool, felted, light wool, soft felt
  • Ships worldwide from Pennsylvania, United States
  • Feedback: 40 reviews
  • Favorited by: 65 people