The Hillbilly is finished. I had a good amount of burlap that I purchased to experiment with and settled on that for the hat band instead of a ribbon or leather.
The crown is lightly stiffened, and the brim edge has been needle felted back on itself to form a welt and add structure. The brim is stiffened only a little and left purposely floppy.
I’m in love with the colors and pattern that emerged from the wool.
I was toying with the idea of making a hat liner out of the burlap, but decided against it. I did add in a leather sweat band.
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