MossFete

Hand Felted Merino Accessories

Durham, North Carolina
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Announcement    Hand-felted wool accessories for uncommon ladies, gents and whippersnappers alike. Including but not limited to, vintage and fantasy inspired hats, neckwear, packable wings and dragon scarves. Everything is handmade and in most cases made to order.

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Last updated on Nov 4, 2020

Hand-felted wool accessories for uncommon ladies, gents and whippersnappers alike. Including but not limited to, vintage and fantasy inspired hats, neckwear, packable wings and dragon scarves. Everything is handmade and in most cases made to order.

https://linktr.ee/MissFittHats

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About MossFete

Sales 709
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Our Process

Every wooly wonder we produce is designed and made by hand in my studio in Durham North Carolina. While there are some best sellers in my line that I have been making for awhile, I design a new line for both Miss Fitt and Moss Fete every year that gets put into production for my in-person shows. I also design both one of a kind items and custom pieces for clients throughout the year. Typically, if you are ordering on the website, the item is made just for you as we rarely have everything from the line in stock.

All of my designs are made from Merino wool roving. Roving are the fibers that have been sheered from the coat of a Merino sheep, washed, dyed and combed.

Because we’re mostly doing production work rather than strictly one of a kind pieces, I buy my roving already dyed so that my colors stay as consistent as possible. I’m a color freak so I can never limit myself when it comes to ordering wool colors. I have over 200 colors of wool in my arsenal at this point.

At least two layers of roving laid over different 3D resists depending on what I’m making. This is where the painterly effect of my designs comes into play because I can layer colors and shapes in almost any way I want (with a couple of caveats, but more on that later). The roving shrinks an average of 40% during the felting process so we have to start super big.

Next the item is wet down with hot soapy water and partially felted inside and out using a power sander with a piece of vinyl on it (where the sandpaper usually goes). At this point depending on what I’m making I may let it dry and add a manipulation such as pin-tucks or a surface embellishment like a spider web. It’s also at this point I often attach a part that has been partially felted separately such as the wings on a dragon scarf. In these cases it will get sanded a second time, then it all goes into the washing machine with a bunch of rubber balls to finish the felting process. This step must be carefully timed and monitored for progress so things don’t get over or under-felted and end up too small or too big.

After things come out of the wash, hats get blocked and flat things get stretched and ironed then left to dry. Blocking the hats involves stretching them over wooden forms that are the shape of the final product. This step requires a fair amount of hand and upper body strength to stretch the felt over the form. Bespoke hat making has been inching closer to a lost art for decades so there are only a handful of companies around the world that make the blocks anymore. Consequently many of the blocks I use are very old or come from Poland, France or the UK.

Once the hat is dry it’s taken off the block and any excess felt is trimmed away. If the hat is very tall (such as a witch or wizard) or needs to be more rigid to maintain a shaped detail (like a top hat or bowler), I may add a coating or two of stiffener called ‘sizing’ and let it dry again in my ventilated hat oven. Finally, the finishing work is done by adding a binding and hat wire to the brim, a band on the inside of the hat and any other detail such as a pin-tucks, buttons, feathers, ears or a crown band. The hat may get steamed one or two more times during this step.

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  • MossFete

    Owner

    Originally from North Carolina, I started my first business Miss Fitt & Co. while living in San Francisco. Though I have enjoyed the success Miss Fitt has had since its start in 2003, I have recently decided to add a more whimsical line to my brand.

  • Sarryn Shapero

    Production Manager

    Sarryn relishes creating with their hands, making sure everything gets done, drinking tea, and cuddling with animal friends. They've been a maker with Miss Fitt/Moss Fete since 2012.

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Last updated on May 11, 2022
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalized orders

Please email me before ordering if you would like to customize an item.

Since almost all orders are made from scratch, I can accommodate the following customizations for no additional charge:

Wool Color, trim color, flower color or style, crown depth, brim width

Additional charge customizations:

Feather addition or color change, adding ears, antlers, a bat or other critter

One of a kind design work:

If you have an idea for a hat or other item that you would like me to design and execute, please reach out. I’ll let you know if it’s something I can make and give you a quote. The research and design process is a little easier to track and process on my Etsy site so if you are familiar with Etsy you can head over there and convo me.

Sizing details

Since we are almost always making things from scratch, we need measurements when you place your order.

How do I measure my head?’

Take a soft measuring tape and place it around the middle of your forehead above the ears and at the looseness at which you would like the hat to fit. A hat should neither squeeze your head or fall over your ears unless it’s specifically designed to.

If you have trouble finding hats that fit you because you need a more shallow crown, I will also need the measurement across the top of your head from front to back at the points you want the hat to come down to.

If we do not receive size measurements within our 3-week production window, we will ship your hat in a size medium and it will not be returnable.

Care instructions

Soft hats (without stiffener) should be spot cleaned with cool soapy water and a very soft brush and left to air dry.

Hats with stiffener such as witch or wizard hats, bowlers and top hats can only be cleaned on the inside band with rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball. If your hat has met with a tragedy, please reach out and I will let you know what options you have for cleaning and repairing. I offer one free refurbishment for top hats, bowlers, witches and wizards. You would just need to pay the shipping both ways. I do have access to less expensive shipping options so please contact me if your hat needs some spiffing up.

All other items: Pretty much everything else can be gently hand washed in cool soapy water, air dried and ironed

Wholesale availability

I do not offer this line for wholesale.

But where would I wear it?

Any…where…you like. Seriously. My silly answer is “to the grocery store when you’re feeling low and need a compliment”. But it’s true. People everywhere of all walks of life LOVE other people in hats. If you hate compliments, don’t wear a hat. You’d think as much as people obviously love OTHER people in hats, there’d be more people brave enough to wear them. Almost no one actually looks bad in a hat.