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The fun of felt berets

 I love to felt berets in different colours and sizes.

This is my latest addition to the range of felted berets I’ve made.

Wearing my turquoise felted beret

Here I used turquoise merino wool in 4 very fine layers for every side, felted around a template.

This very light beret weighs just 52 gramm. It is very comfortable to wear: soft, light and warm.

The beautiful big Shetland wool beret below, with 40cm diameter was one of two berets made for stilts walkers in England.

Big Shetland wool felt beret, 39cm diameter

In the last few years I have felted different sized berets. Most of them I made as customised orders. Customers from different parts of the world e.g. New Zealand, the U.S., and Austria commissioned customised berets.

Green merino wool felt beret
Giant Shetland wool beret

I have felted giant berets with 55 cm diameter. Quite a task to felt a size of beret like that! The template had 60 cm diameter and through the felt process the fibres matt  together, become a felted fabric while the hat shrinks.  The felt process is gentle at the beginning and can be quite vigorous and hard work towards the finishing part while a firm fabric is built.

I enjoy using a natural material like sheep’s wool fibres to create a hat that looks great and keeps the head warm. If you would love to commission a customised beret, then please contact me and I would be happy to create one for you. Or if you would like to get yourself starting on felting please check out my felt workshops and book your place.

Skipper Shetland wool beret

A fire dragon, my latest felt creation

Needle felted Fire Dragon
Needle felted Fire Dragon
Sculpturing with wool fibres and a felt needle is great fun!

What I enjoy in particular is the use of colourful fibres, blended together in all kinds of different shades. Then I shaped the coloured wool fibres with the barbed felt needle. I either shaped the wool fibres on their own or by covering a core wool basis which has already been sculptured into a certain shape. I had started this dragon with a corser white core wool, creating the body. Then I used a blend of wool fibres which I had karded from shades of green merino wool fibres to needle felt over the white back, tale, neck and head. Afterwards I sculptured the face, the mouth, eyes, nose, teeth and little horns. As it is a fire dragon, not to forget the flames which are coming out of the dragon’s nose.  🔥  The feet were made purely of this green merino wool fibres without the core wool.

Fire dragon, needle felted
Fire dragon, needle felted

For the wings I have used a karded blend of purple shades and a little pink merino wool fibres. No core wool was used for the wings. They are light, and a bit of wind makes them moving 😀  I covered the dragon’s belly with the purple wool fibres and needle felted the wings on the body. I like the colour combination of green and purple shades with the orange-red flames. All are secondary colours compared to primary colours.  At last the triangular slightly spiky shapes for the back and tale where needle felted separately and then needle felted on the dragon.

When I create one of those magical, mystical beings I connect with them as I go along during the felting process.  I really enjoy bringing those beings into existences!

Please check out my felt workshops, If you would like to learn needle felting. For commissions of one of those or another magical being, please contact me. Please feel free to leave a comment below.

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Needle felted fire dragon
Needle felted fire dragon

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