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

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