|Boho Hat in Artesano Inca Mist|
|Chulo in Artesano Hummingbird|
|Aquamarine Hat in Manos Wool Clasica|
|Bola from Wandering Spirits|
|Bolivian woman wearing a bola|
|Shoowa Hat from World Knits|
These hats are inspired by the patterns of the cut-pile raffia embroideries of the Shoowa people in the kingdom of Kuba, now known as Congo. Originally meant for seat covers, the intricate textiles were also used as dowries, currency, status symbols and sometimes even shrouds.
|Maya Hat from World Knits|
|Albion Hat from World Knits|
I'm a lazy felter and usually just run up long lengths of woollen fabric on the knitting machine at the loosest tension, or I recycle old woollen sweaters. I then put the fabric in the washing machine on a hot 140F/90C cycle, with a towel for friction and a scoop of powdered detergent et voilà... when the cycle's finished your fabric will be felted and ready to use when dry. NB Only natural fibres will felt, synthetics will not. Even machine-washable wool which is coated in silicone will not felt.
Just one other thing... tomorrow is the last day to enter the draw for a free copy of Sweet Shawlettes. All you have to do to qualify is to become a follower of my blog before midnight on the 31st March. I'll get Philip to pick the winner on Monday. Bonne chance!