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Hello <<First Name>>,

Remember how last week's newsletter was called 'This Better Get Done Soon'?  Alas, it didn't.

In my rush to complete the project in time, I wasn't delicate enough. The paper is REALLY fragile when it's wet. As I was working inside-out, I was (blissfully?) unaware until the end, when I turned it right-side-out.

A big uh oh! 😯
 
WIP of felted hat with armature
Perserverance
Admittedly, there were a couple of days where I just stood around and scratched my head.

By Tuesday, I was back at it trying to figure out a solution. I hate wasting time/projects!

However, without the paper, the hat is totally floppy. Watch a video of that, over HERE, on my Tuesday Instagram Live. Alarmingly, the hat resembles E.T. (from the movie).

Thinking about how to add support, I thankfully remembered the wire technique that I learned a few weeks ago with Ellen Silberlicht. This Hat Failure is the perfect opportunity to test out how wire supports a large felted object.

It seems to work! You can also see that the ever-useful clothes peg is a Feltmaker's Best Friend! It allows me to test how and where to attach the felt-covered wire.

Mostly, I opted to keep the wire OUTSIDE of the hat. Think of it like the Pompidou Museum in Paris, which has its ducts and pipes on the outside. Why not call attention and reframe what might be considered a flaw.

More is Never a Bore?
After I attach the wire, I'll see about adding a painted or drawn 'accent' to the torn sections of the paper. As it's impossible to hide, I may as well make it a feature, right!? Probably, if I were bolder, I start doodling all over it. It's paper, after all.

Check back next week to see what happens with The Hat Saga.
 
Earlier DNA
Red Spiral Witch Hat

The thin felt straps that I'm sewing into loops on 'It's Not Wonderful' come from off-cuts of this Spiral Red Witch Hat. To create a smoother line, I usually trim a hat's brim towards the end of my process. Typically, I save these felted trimmings, always awaiting an opportunity to make use of them. It seems a shame to throw out materials.

Exciting Upcycling
If you are on Instagram, check out slipper maker, Chryssa Adradka of Wooppers.  A while back, she shared her use of off-cuts to create a striking room divider. So elegant! Here's a link to her website. She's in Greece, but ships worldwide.

Anyway, while Spring may not exactly be the season for my festive Red Hat, I wanted to show you how old felt is sometimes used in new creations. 
 
See More of the Spiral

Wishing you a lovely rest of the week!

With appreciation,
 

 
Signature of me, Juliane


 


PS: My endeavors with adding an external armature to soft form reminds me of Frida Kahlo's painting 'Broken Column'. There's an interesting article about the relationship between Frida's many physical challenges and her art over on Google's Arts and Culture. 
 
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