November 26, 2007

Making a brim block out of cork – Blocking the hat!!!!!

It seemed like the day would never come, but finally I have dared to block the felt on my wonderful new blocks.

Still too lazy to dig up my jiffy steamer from under a pile of boxes I have popped the water sprayed felt, wrapped in a wet towel, into my microwave.

This is the fur felt capeline I have used, bought at the German supplier KOPKA, it’s a special capeline for man’s hats. It’s special because because it’s thicker felt and heavily sized.


Man's capeline furfelt


Here are some pictures of the process:

ready to be  felt in the microwave

Yes, crazy enough to nuke the brim after the crown was blocked (no pins in there, just string!), also a picture of the plastic bags I’ve used to protect the block:

Crown block in the microwave Plastic bags used for protection of the block

And here the blocked brim. You can understand now what I meant before when I said that the brim block goes upside down. The block is in the oven for drying (I have an air oven and it’s set at 50ºC). I did put my marble dust bag on top and some weights on top of that to keep the top crease in place, but I had removed them when I took the picture so that it would dry:

Blocked hat in the oven for drying



Here are some pictures of the blocked brim:

Blocked brim, top view  Underside of brim

I might still get a decent hat out of this… who knows!

Blocked hat


Tomorrow the unveiling/unblocking… I hope to have time to post about it!


  1. Impressive. Love following the progress on this adventure.

    Comment by Glorious Hats — November 26, 2007 @ 3:14 pm

  2. I am pretty sure you will get a much more than decent hat out of this!
    Good going!

    Comment by Joaco — November 26, 2007 @ 6:31 pm

  3. The way you pop blocks into ovens and microwaves. Millinery 2007The Next Generation! I’ll be back to see the final product.

    Comment by jill — November 28, 2007 @ 4:07 am

  4. What should I say… don’t try this at home comes to mind! 😉
    If you’re going to pop anything in your microwave (at your own risk) please stay by the microwave to be able to stop it if things start to go wrong 🙂

    Comment by cristinadeprada — November 28, 2007 @ 4:37 pm

  5. Love to follow your efforts! You inspired me to buy an extra microwave (do not want to blow up my expensive built-in one in case it explodes :-)) and try it for myself.

    Comment by Maayke — March 12, 2008 @ 2:40 pm

  6. Hi Maayke,
    Thank you for yor kind words! Now I feel guilty for making you spend money on a new microwave (I use my built-in one without any remorse though)… Remember to be very careful and keep an eye on things, I don’t want anyone to get hurt because of following my example!
    Are you in Holland?

    Comment by cristinadeprada — March 12, 2008 @ 7:35 pm

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