shapes to felt hats on
In regards to the request of what to felt a hat around:
I have several of the plastic-coated foam hatblocks sold by Frank's Cane
and Rush Supply which work very well for felting on. I make my own felt
hoods, but I know of milliners who use Frank's blocks with pre-made felt
hoods as well. Frank's makes several shapes: fedora, gentle dome (a
slightly rounded 4" crown), tall dome (taller rounded crown, a bit more
pointed than the gentle dome), and a flat-topped oval crown about 4"
tall. They come in 22" to 24" (circumference). Sometimes the plastic
coating is not so good - it may have holes here and there where you can
see the foam - so you can either cover the holes with duct tape (as I
have done) or tell Frank's when you order that you want it for felting,
and they will send you the best one they have.
Frank's is in California, the Bay Area I think - but they probably have a
website. I also think www.hatsupply.com and www.judithm.com carry them
too, and I think the Judith M website has pictures. Weaving Works in
Seattle's U District also carries them, or can order them.