Lots of people are hard at work making their own felted fantasy hats, either using one of my tutorials or what they learned during one of my face-to-face workshops. But there is one question my students ask me over and over: "How do I make an extra wide brim?"
That's a good question. The standard hat shaper that I use in my Wizard and Witch Hat tutorial only allows for a brim as wide as 4 inches, while some of the hats in my shop have brims as wide as 8 inches.
The short answer is that I had to figure out how to create an extended brim hat block using the simple materials I had at hand or that I could buy from the local hardware store. After months of experimenting I finally came up with a design for a custom extended brim hat block that would allow me to make all those wide hat brims you see in my shop. Since I've came up with the design I've made seven or eight more extended brim hat blocks, and all of them have lasted for months and dozens of hat projects each, without much sign of wear and tear at all. The block is waterproof, perfect for wet felting projects, as well as sturdy and easy to clean.
If you are interested in making hats with brims as wide as 8 inches, and you are thinking about getting my tutorial, here are a few more things you need to know. First of all, this is a video tutorial. If you've bought any tutorials from me in the past you know they are all PDF tutorials with step-by-step instructions written out. I decided to make the change to video though because there are just some parts of the process that it would be hard to describe without the benefit of seeing it in motion. I also did lots of voiceover work in the video so you still get the benefit of hearing me describe the process as well as giving you some helpful hints along the way. Through the whole video you will see me go from describing the individual materials and parts all the way through assembly, start to finish.
For anyone worried about the video quality, this is not a low-res YouTube video. The video resolution is 1920x1080, with lots of lighting, and the voiceover work was done after the video was recorded using a written script and a Blue brand desk mic. (not using the camera mic or anything like that). The file download is about 1.13 gigabytes and is in MP4 format, playable on most computers. But this is my first video tutorial so let me know if there are any technical issues, if you need the file in a different format, or if you need the video at a smaller resolution. I'm sure I can get Grumpy Husband to figure it out for you.
Keep in mind this is a video tutorial on how to make an extended hat block. The video does not include any information on how to actually make a hat, so you will either need to know how to make a felt hat already or you will also need my Wizard and Witch Hat tutorial.
For a full material list check out the tutorial listing. And good luck!
For all the crafters and students out there, I am still working hard on my new video tutorial on how to make your own extended hat brim. My goal is to make it available by the end of the week (the beginning of September). If you are interested in this tutorial you can sign up for my student newsletter to get an update the day it comes out (I only send out the newsletter when I have something to announce that would be interesting to students, so only a few times a year). Click here to sign up.
In the meantime, to get ready for the new tutorial I have completely updated my "LEARN" page here on my website. Now it should be easier for you to find the information you need to help you with your own fantasy felting projects. Feedback is welcomed.
I've been doing lots of behind-the-scenes stuff this week too. Just yesterday I finished a huge photo-shoot session where we took pictures of three different hats! Keep an eye out for those OOAK hats showing up here and on my website over the next week or two.
As we start the month of August there are all kinds of new things going on in my shop. For my new weekly feature, #ShopNewsSunday, I'm going to give you a quick rundown of the new stuff.
First of all, I am continuing to update my website. I'm trying to make it easier to navigate and more polished looking. I haven't done everything I've wanted to do yet, but the homepage is a little different than it was last week and so is the shop page. I'm trying to highlight the parts of my website for people looking to order hats and the parts of my website that are just for people who want to learn how to wet felt and create their own fantasy projects. If you see something that doesn't work or that you just don't like let me know.
That's it! See you on Friday for #FridayReads!
This is the first post of my new weekly feature, #ShopNewsSunday! Every week on Sunday I will post a few short lines talking about what I'm working on for my online shop. This week I have two bits of news you might appreciate.
First, I've gone through my entire blog and put every post into a category. That will make my blog much easier to navigate so that you can find older useful posts fast. This was based on some feedback from one customer who said that it was hard to find the tutorials I put up on my blog without going through every single post. Well, now they have their own category!
Second, right now I'm working on a redesign of my Patreon page. When I first started it last season I wasn't really sure how to do it. But I've spent the last couple of weeks looking at lots of other Patreon pages and getting in touch with other artists and creators. I've learned a lot, and I hope to get the new Patreon page (and new reward tiers) up and running in the next week or two.
I'll keep you posted!
Big News!! Today I have some very exciting news! HandiCraftKate is officially being reborn under the new name Felt Wicked Art! Don't worry, we'll still all be the people you love and have worked with on so many projects and I'll still be conjuring up hats in my little studio-- we just decided it was time to grow, and I've been thinking of this name for awhile! Help spread the word in welcoming our new name so that by this Halloween we all can feel properly wicked