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Wool Felt Unfinished Hat Bodies

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Our wool hat bodies are made with Merino Wool.

Hats By Leko's wool capelines and hoods are made with a special ingredient to prevent shrinking in the manufacturing process.  Wool capelines and hoods made in China do not use this ingredient and therefore are more difficult to stretch and shrink since they do not use the special ingredient in their manufacturing process and they are preshrunk.  Also, the Chinese use 100% type 1 wool while we use a blended combo of wools that actually make the hat pliable and easier to pull in the blocking process.

Our hat bodies are already pounced.  Any additional pouncing would risk putting holes in the hats.

Note:  Dye lots may vary. Hoods and Capelines of the same color may also vary.

Unblocked Hat Bodies are not hats, they are not shaped yet.

Scroll down to see HOBO Wool Felt Hat Bodies & the How to make Hat Molds Video
Question: What is white dust on wool felt?
Answer: The white dust you sometimes see on our wool felts is Shellac. It will dissolve when you steam and block your hat bodies into hats.
Hood (cone) - used for small, head-hugging styles (cloches, toques), and hats with small brims (derby's). Wool is 1/8" thick.
Capeline (cartwheel, body) 5" or 6" brim - Larger than a hood, used for hats with large brims (portrait hats, pirate hats.) Wool is 1/8" thick.

Wool Felt Hoods Light Colored

Order #WOOL H L
Price: $16.00 USD ea. or $14.50 USD ea. per dz. min. (OK to mix colors, not included in sale)

Off White Light Grey Khaki (Beige) Camel

Wool Felt Hoods Dark Colored

Order #WOOL H
Price: $16.00 USD ea. or $14.50 USD ea. per dz. min. (OK to mix colors, not included in sale)

Plum Purple
Royal Blue Navy Merlot
Burgundy Cherry Red Fuchsia Dark Green
 
  Loden
Dark Chocolate Chocolate Tobacco
Light Brown Tan Rust Black Avocado
         
Grape Yellow Medium Gray Lime Turquoise
         
   
Orange Teal Dark Grey    
   

How to Block a Felt Hat

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Jill Courtemanche demonstrates


How to Block a Hat

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L'Art et la Manière - Une série documentaire sur les Maîtres d’Art - Ma-Tvideo France2


 

Wool Felt Capelines, 5-6 " Brim Light Colors

The “weight” of our #6 Flares is approximately 140 grams or 5 ounces.  The weight is not necessarily related to the thickness but generally the heavier the body the thicker the hat.

Order #WOOL 6 L

Price: $24.00 USD ea. or $21.00 USD ea. per dz. min.

Off White Light Grey

Wool Felt Capelines, 5-6 " Brim Dark Colors

Order #Wool 6
Price: $24.00 USD ea. or $21.00 USD ea. per dz. min.  (OK to mix colors)

Plum Purple
Navy Merlot Cherry
Red Fuchsia Lipstick Pink Dk Green Avocado
Rust Dark Chocolate Light Chocolate Tobacco Gold
Wine Burgundy Black Royal Blue Yellow
Med Grey Lime Turquoise Orange Grape
   
  Teal Camel Loden  
 
 

Capelines, 5-6" Brim Heather Colors

 

Order #Wool 6 H

Price: $24.00 USD ea. or $21.00 USD ea. per dz. min.  (OK to mix colors with the above 6" brims)

Heather Charcoal Heather Grey
Out of Stock
 

Wool Blocked & Stiffened

Description: Wool Blocked & Stiffened 5” brim size 22” crown, can be re sized. (edges not trimmed)

 We soften our blocked and stiffened hat bodies at packing otherwise they would be too rigid and hard to put in the boxes.  The stiffening is activated by heat, usually steam and the pressure from the blocking machine or hand blocking.  After the hats cool they hold their shape.

Order # WOOL Blocked Blk
Price:  $29.00 USD ea. or $27.00 ea. per dz.

 
Wool Felt is not guaranteed to be colorfast
 
Most People who bought wool felt hat bodies also bought Felt Hat Stiffener!
(see below)

LEKO Felt Hat Stiffener

LEKO All Purpose Stiffener
(LEKO Felt Hat Stiffener)

"PLEASE TEST ON FELT BEFORE USING, ESPECIALLY ON LIGHT COLORS."

Order# SIZE Felt Stf Gal
$44.50 USD per gallon (no flammable surcharge)

Please choose USA or Canada for your shipping destination.

Order# SIZE Felt Stf Gal
$44.50 USD per gallon (no flammable surcharge)

Tip: Shipping costs for 2 Gallons is similar to shipping costs for 4 gallons.   1 package for the case vs. 2 packages for the single gallons.

Tip: If you need a case of 4 gallons, just order 4 gallons and I will pack them into a case for you.

ALWAYS USE IN COMPLIANCE WITH SDS. 
SDS CAN BE DOWNLOADED BELOW.


SDS (Material Safety Data Sheet)

USA or Canada Only

Our Customers have found that our Felt Stiffener works for Stiffening Straw hats too! Try purchasing a quart and pouring it into a garden spray bottle that you get at your local grocery store. Spray it on your straw and let us know what you think. Most come back for the Gallon of Felt Stiffener, more aptly called All Purpose Stiffener.

Nobody in the women's hat industry has had a felt hat stiffener in decades that penetrates felt without leaving a residue, until now.

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Canada Customers: You must supply us with your own UPS Ground # in order for us to ship this item.  We are sorry we have to institute this rule because too many customers are not paying their duty.

NOTE:  LEKO All Purpose Stiffener can only be shipped UPS Ground, therefore all your other items will also be shipped UPS Ground regardless of the shipping method you chose.  If you need other items sooner, please submit 2 orders.

 

We can ship Felt hat Stiffener to Canada as ORM-D (consumer commodity) by the quart or by the gallon or by the 4 gallon case.  All go ORM-D to Canada with no extra flammable charges.

This product, before mixed with 190 proof alcohol, is used in candy as confectioners glaze and on fruit to make them shine. Water Resistant! Many Customers are using this product for stiffening straw, too.

Directions Felt hat stiffener will restore an already stiffened hat or can be used  on a new felt hat body.  Felt hat stiffener will shower proof your felt hat and if used in a fuller degree water proof it.

1.) Please make sure that hat is clean and dry before applying LekoFelt Hat Stiffener.
2.) Pour a sufficient amount into a small dish and with a soft flat painters brush apply evenly on the inside of the crown first and thenon the upper and/or underside of the brim.
3.) After the application, wipe the hat with a soft cloth and then let dry.
4.) Then put it on the block and steam and finish in the usual way.

These directions are just a guide. Many milliners prefer to block their hat first and then when dry apply light applications of sizing letting itdry between applications until desired stiffness is achieved.NOTE: if the hat seems a little too stiff in some parts where the  stiffener has not been applied evenly, saturate a piece of soft cloth with ordinary alcohol and go over such parts smoothly. This will give an even effect.

 

Old Hat Spray Hat Stiffener
All Purpose Sizing

Sold In USA Only
Shipping by UPS Ground ONLY

We have brought back this stiffener for the die hard milliners who don't wish to change to a healthier product that works better. 

Please note the warnings on the label: Vapor Harmful:.... Danger! Extremely Flammable Caution!...

Warning! Avoid Breathing..

Order # SIZE Spray E
Price: one can   $12.99 USD (for one can)


Order # SIZE Spray D
Price: per case  $131.00 USD (12 cans per case!)


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