November 12, 2006

Getting the felt ready – softening felt in the microwave

Filed under: Catherinettes hat 2006,millinery techniques and cheats — Cristina de Prada @ 6:12 pm

I didn’t feel like taking out my jiffy steamer so I came out with what I think is a pretty clever idea! 🙂

I sprayed the felt with water, put it on top of a wet cotton cloth and rolled it up (like a swiss roll), then I popped it in the microwave. It worked wonders!! After a couple of minutes I took it out and it was just perfect. The water had turned into vapor and sunken into the felt. I did it another time after spraying more water, and finally I brushed in water based stiffener (no flammables in the microwave please!!), on the inside of the crown and on the top of the brim (the underside is going to be the visible part). I put it back in the microwave and then it was ready for blocking!

 felt in microwave

Updated 4 December 2006 with a link to the larger picture, a more descriptive title, and some text corrections.

1 Comment »

  1. Interesting concept. I’m going to try this one. Thanks!

    Comment by Marie Christopher — March 8, 2007 @ 8:22 pm

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