felted cloche

i got some wool yarn on clearance at joann fabric awhile back, and it took me ages to decide what to make with it. i decided on a felted cloche, since i am enamored with all things felted these days. and for the purists out there, yes…i know it is technically fulled. but that just sounds weird. 🙂

anyway, the top photo is the before photo of the first one i made. i regret adding the band, because it isn’t perfectly straight so it drives me nuts. i decided to make another one without the band, and that is the after photo. i had one skein of the wool left (about 100 yards) so i made a set of 4 basic round coasters and they are felting as we speak.

the pattern is the beacon street cloche by eleanor howe, and i got it on ravelry here. the pattern was sized very well, except mine didn’t flare nearly as much as hers. i adapted the pattern the second time to make it a bit bigger and to flare more, but it still didn’t make much of a difference. i wonder if there is a secret to blocking a cloche to get the nice roll at the bottom of the hat? mine hardly seemed to get any bigger so i folded it up to dry.

mine didn’t get the nice felted look of hers – some stitches are still visible – but i didn’t want it to get any smaller. i think maybe a felting brush would do the trick on future projects?


About Liv

i have a lot of hobbies. i cook and bake – usually, from scratch. i paint, though not as often as I would like. i love to make pottery on the wheel, though this hobby fell by the wayside while I was in grad school. now that I’ve finished, I’m looking forward to potentially getting back into ceramics and devoting more time and energy to all of my hobbies. my mom got me hooked on refinishing garage sale or thrift shop furniture into beautiful, rich pieces for the home. and my true love is crochet – i love the feeling of achievement in taking a ball of yarn and a hook and turning it into a beautiful afghan or purse or set of coasters. in some way or another, all of these hobbies center around making things – thus, creation nation.
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