Don't worry, I'm not going to link in any videos of Fred and Ginger.
Completed this morning, is the top hat I started before Christmas. The knitting only took one or two evenings, and the felting was done super-quick in the washing machine, but then it languished on my desk for ages. This winter was far milder than usual, so there was no need for a big wooly hat, but last week I finally decided to block it. I didn't have any fancy vintage hat blocks, so I had to make do.
First, an old piece of 1960's Pyrex,
topped with a salad plate,
and, seeing as I made my hat extra deep, that all had to perch on top of a candle.
Then, I sprayed and sprayed with Speed Starch and heated the top with an iron on low to get it good and flat, left it to dry for two days, stitched on a deep crimson velvet ribbon, a splash of tartan ribbon and a gigantic shell button. Now, when next winter comes around and starts nipping at my ears, I'll be ready!
A lucky, new find to share:
not a hat block, but a vintage hatstand. Swish!