Satin Ribbons Finish Felt Hats with Flair

Carrie Cahill Mulligan's felt hats await the hand-sewing that will attach these satin ribbon headband liners.  After 7 hours of hand-knitting, plus an hour to shrink and shape the felt, why would I bother with yet another hour of hand-sewing a ribbon lining?Comfort, quality and longevity!Although I have sold a fair number of felt hats without any sort of headband liner, many folks find that the satin lining is simply more comfortable to wear against their skin.  Especially if worn during physical activities, such as hiking, skiing, or skating, the satin ribbon lining can help eliminate that itchiness that wool sometimes presents to sensitive skin.Additionally, the felt has a tendency to stretch and relax a bit with use, so the non-stretchy satin headband also helps to maintain the hat’s shape and size over time.And, too, the ribbon lining really does give the hat a nice, finished feeling, which helps the hat glide on and off your head easily and comfortably.So, there you have it… satin ribbons really do finish felt hats with flair!

My New Felt Hat!

For the past 5 happy years, my trusty brown felt hat has been nothing but good to me.

Fiber artist Carrie Cahill Mulligan wears her signature brown felt hat at her home in Canaan, New Hampshire.

My old brown hat has warmed me, from Alaska to New Hampshire. (Photo by Tom Morgan.)

But this week, I created and fell in love with a new one.

I didn’t mean for it to happen. I wasn’t even looking for a new hat…

In fact, I was embroidering hats to replace some that had sold at the artists’ gallery, “Collective” in Woodstock, Vermont.

But once I had finished it, I knew I couldn’t let it go.

So, heads up!  If you mainly recognize me by my old brown hat, look sharp:

Moss green & oatmeal knitted felt hat with freehand ribbon embroidery.

There’s a new hat in town!