Forest Witch Hat

ForestHat3Forest Witch Hat … Feathers Made of Wool

I made a hat using my friend Jenn’s gorgeous undyed Shetland roving. I started the hat shape by needle felting then moved onto wet felting.

The hat will keep me warm while I walk in the woods this winter, enjoying the magic that’s present when few humans venture out into the cold.

Jenn sells the roving at a great price. Go to her Yum Queen Facebook page and message her for info:

Here are more pics:ForestHat2ForestHat1

I sculpted four feathers from her wool, using other wools to draw lines to make the pieces look more feather-like. Jenn’s natural wool gives an earthy look. I also blended her wool with another color for the feathers’ “down.”

Three feathers are large. I put one on the hat and sent another to a friend. The third is waiting til I figure out who it belongs to.

The fourth feather is tiny. Note the quarter next to it in the photograph for scale. You can see I beaded the end of the “quill” with bone-colored seed beads. I attached the “feather” to a barrette so I can wear it in my hair.FeatherBarrette


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6 Responses to Forest Witch Hat

  1. Michaela Heil says:

    really like the feathers – the one on the hat reminds me of one I have at home. A wonderful feather from some hawk in my neighbourhood.
    (one my cat is not allowed to play with)

    • Francesca De Grandis says:

      Michaela, I appreciate your remark about the feathers because it took me a while to sculpt them from wool, and I wasn’t sure if they turned out well or not. Thanks! By the way, even though my feathers are made of wool, my kitty still tries to play with them. Argh!

  2. Kathy Crabbe says:

    Wowzers I had not spotted this hat! Such a lovely, soft, cat-grey color <3

  3. Jenn says:

    So beautiful! I love the hat and the feathers.

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