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Date: 12/19/10 2:18 PM

I just received a beautiful felted wool hat from a friend's grandmother. (It looks like it is straight out of Robin Hood!) The problem is that it has over a dozen small moth holes in it. I was thinking about taking a felting needle to it and seeing what would happen. Any ideas / suggestions?

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Date: 12/19/10 2:56 PM

I don't have any helpful suggestions just wanted to say that I'll be watching here with interest for an solution to moth holes. Earlier this year I bought a hat at a vintage shop and it has some moth munches but I loved the hat so much I bought it anyway.

JT

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Date: 12/19/10 3:47 PM

Go to www.woolfiller.com. this should help. just get a color that matches better than the examples.

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Date: 12/19/10 7:46 PM

What a good idea if you have something you really, really love and desperately want to salvage!

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Date: 12/20/10 1:17 PM

You can also by felting supplies from -- Nancy's Notions, search for felting.
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-- Edited on 12/20/10 1:19 PM --

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Date: 12/20/10 2:49 PM

felting would be worth trying, you'd probably want to put something behind the hole, like silk or thin wool to felt into.

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Date: 1/12/11 3:16 PM

Thank you so much for all your advice! I signed up for a Pattern Review account specifically to ask that question, and then couldn't remember which forum I used. Sorry about the long silence.
I am in the middle of repairing this hat...it is a bit of a longer process than I originally thought. I am using Appleton Crewel wool, which I think is a good choice. They have an excellent colour selection, and I found a perfect match. I am doing a combination of felting and steaming the piece. I am hoping that the steaming will help tame some of the fibers to blend in a little more. I will post pictures later when I am done.
Thanks again!

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Date: 1/12/11 3:23 PM

Sounds like an opportunity for embellishment--adding some lovely texture or color in such a way that ir appears intentional from the beginning...perhaps by adding subtle designs inthe color that is most dominant in your wardrobe or that suits you best.

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Date: 1/12/11 7:20 PM

It's actually not the moths that eat clothes, it's their larvae. Then they pupate and become moths.

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Date: 1/13/11 7:01 AM

I would love it if you posted pics. Did you take any 'before' pics for comparison? Please do keep us posted - I will probably need to do this with a hat or two that I have and I'd love to know how your project is going.

JT

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