The first thing I'll show you is my candle holder block. I picked this up at Ross Dress for Less. In everything I see a hat block. I'll just go into a store to look for something I can block a hat on. Why can't I be like normal women and buy cute shoes? I have plenty of hat blocks, but I use them more as collector pieces than what they should be used for. I just enjoy finding odd things to block hats on. I saw this candle holder and I just had to have it. It will accommodate a size 23 head size without adjustments. I steamed a fur felt hood and secured it to the candle holder with wide rubber bands. Then I used a blocking cord to block the dent in the middle where the candle would be placed. I could have left this step out since I decided I didn't like the dent in the top of the hat.
What's nice about fur felt is how easy it is to work with. I can re-block it over and over again without any problems. First I thought I liked the rubber band marks, but I think I'll steam and brush them out. Who knows what I'll end up with. My finished hats always surprise me. No promises when I will finish this; stay tuned!