My fabric hats and caps are usually made in wool or cotton, sometimes in polyester or other synthetics, occasionally in silk.
I have a large collection of fabrics including offcuts and sample books, ends of rolls, unusable clothing and soft furnishings and fabrics salvaged from events such as the 2012 London Olympics. I sometimes use several different fabrics in one hat, or patchwork different fabrics together. I can source new fabric of a particular colour or pattern.
Have a look at the fabrics in the ready-made hats and caps, then contact me with what you have in mind and I can send you photos and/or samples of suitable fabrics I have. I may be able to make a hat or cap with your own fabric – though I’d need to test it out first.
Yarns for knitted hats
Once or twice a year I choose a selection of wool and cotton yarns which come as factory surplus from knitwear manufacturers in Italy and elsewhere in Europe. These yarns come in a wide range of interesting colours. Those I select are turned into a hand-knittable yarn by braiding the fine thread. The wool is usually merino, sometimes fine lambswool. The cotton is pima cotton or fine mercerised cotton.
Most of my knitted hats are made in these types of yarns. Although I use them less often, silk, cashmere and ramie yarns are also often available and can be produced in the same way. A few of my hats are made in different yarns with more limited colour ranges. For people who are allergic to wool, I can source a good premium acrylic yarn but the colour range is somewhat limited.
Have a look at the photos and let me know what colour(s) you’d like and I can send you photos and/or samples of the yarn(s) in question.