Learn the secrets to felting the perfect hat!
Feeling frustrated about the way your hats are turning out?
Or you haven't felted one yet because you don't feel confident enough?
In this online class you'll learn exactly how to wet felt the classic hats in the shapes and colors you love. And get them to have the right size!
No more wasted time and materials!
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What's inside the class?
This is a step-by-step video online class, that walks you through all you need to know to felt the perfect hat in the size you want.
- How to draw your own patterns with the right size
- How to modify the base patterns to create new hat shapes
- How to felt ANY hat WITHOUT a hat block
- How to felt a hat WITH a hat block
- How to create the perfect brim
- How to lay the wool so that you don't have to cut the brim
- How to create hat trimmings with nuno felt
- How changing the wool type you use can change the shape of your hat
- How to finish off your hats for a professional look
- How to felt flowers for embellishment
- Basic ideas of each hats' History
- Ideas to explore beyond the class
- Step-by-step instructions (nothing's left out)
- Daily feedback from me during the the online class
Here's a preview of the 5 weeks of the class
* Week 1 (Preparation Week)
MODULE #1 - INTRODUCTION
In this module we go through:
- How the course works
- The anatomy of a hat
- Measuring the head
- Making samples and calculating the shrinkage
- Supplies for the course
* Week 2
MODULE #2 - THE FEDORA
The module starts with a short History of the Fedora and the materials. I then go through how you can make your own resist pattern for any size. Nevertheless, this module also includes a work pattern for you to download. In these videos you'll learn to shape the Fedora with a hat block. There are suggestions for the decoration and finishing, and the module ends with other ideas for exploration.
MODULE #2 - BONUS: FELTING WITHOUT A HAT BLOCK
This BONUS is a very special one because I'll be showing you how you can felt any hat without a hat block. Though I use the example of the Fedora in the module, this technique can be applied to any hat shape you want to make. So, this BONUS module makes it possible for you to take the entire course without having to buy any hat blocks.
* Week 3
MODULE #3 - THE CLOCHE & THE BOWLER
The module is divided into 2 parts: the Cloche and the Bowler. Each one starts with a short History of these hats. You'll have the chance to see how the choice of a different wool type can be enough to create a variation in the shape. You'll also be learning how you can use nuno felting to create your hat's trimmings.
MODULE #3 - BONUS: CHANGING THE PATTERN
Though you learn how to create custom patterns for any hat size in this class, I wanted to go one step further, and show you how you can modify these base patterns to create new hat shapes. And, of course, along with that, how to shape them.
* Week 4
MODULE #5 - THE WIDE BRIM HAT
As for all the other hats in the class, there's a historical introduction for this one, followed by how you can make your own resist pattern for any size. Yet, there'll also be a work pattern for you to download. After the actual felting of the hat, I go through some millinery tips, like how to add a sweatband to the piece. The module ends with a collection of suggestions about how to go on experimenting beyond the course, and how to care for your hats.
MODULE #6 - BONUS: THE ENGLISH ROSE BROOCH
I know that not everyone likes flowers as a hat trimming. Nevertheless, to me the class wouldn't be complete without showing you how to make beautiful, extra light roses to decorate your pieces :)
* Week 5
WRAP UP WEEK
BONUS - PROBLEM SOLVING & OTHER TIPS
The bonus PDF with the extra tips will be sent to you when you finish the course.
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And you get...
Hat's History, felting hats without a hat bock, nuno felted trimmings, felted flowers, ideas for other hats, millinery tips, pattern modification.
24/7 access from the comfort of your home and lifetime access to the class, including all future updates, with no extra charge.
Share experiences and ideas with the community, as well as have daily feedback from me during the time of the class.
My name is Vanda Sousa and I've been wet felting for nearly 2 decades. Being a self-taught felter with about 15 years of teaching experience has lead me to create my own teaching system, based on what I've learnt with experimentation and on the challenges of my students.