These hats are the creation of well-known Bozeman Montana Artist, Gretchen Fellerhoff-White. She raises sheep on her farm near Bozeman. One Christmas, as a gift to her friend Lou Ann Harris, Gretchen designed and sewed a “chickadee” hat using her own home grown wool. Lou Ann loved the hat so much, she thought that others would too, and so the Ewe Hoo Design partnership was formed to make hats for you!
Made to Last!
These are not wimpy hats. They are made to last for a lifetime, and will keep you warm even on the coldest winter days. Each hat is serged, top-stitched, then lined with polar fleece for cozy, “no itch”, comfort.
Finally, most are adorned with a delightful character applique’ designed by Gretchen.
Custom designs welcome.
The wool used in Ewe Hoo hats is from the Lincoln Long Wool sheep, a rare, old world breed known for their beautiful, long and lustrous natural colored wool.
It is organically grown and minimally processed, making it naturally water repellant. Lanolin is the natural grease found in wool and stays on the wool even after washing to some degree. Even when wet, wool stays warm. It’s ok to hand wash your hat in hot water and shampoo or something like Dawn, it won’t shrink. Loosing it in a load of dirty laundry and washing in the washing machine will cause to shrink, though.
Sheep eat grass and hay which has a real affinity for wool especially in the winter when we feed hay. There for if you find a little dried grass or seeds in your hat, that is just part of the design. They can be picked out, if it bugs you or left in for a more organic look .
Wool is and acid and if soaked in an acid like vinegar, nothing will happen, but soak it in a base like Chlorox and it will completely dissolve. Acids, like vinegar, are used in the dyeing of wool to help fix the color. In our case, we let God naturally color our wool. The sheep have the black and grey fleeces and are that color from birth.
Some times we’re asked if our wool and lamb is predator free? I have raised sheep for 30 years and have never seen a sheep kill a coyote or wolf, yet.
Ewe Hoo hats are built tough to last, they are unique wool hats that stand on their own and will last for years. About the only complaint I’ve heard was “their hat was stolen”. I felt bad they had lost a favorite hat, but we both laughed and kind of thought of it as a compliment. There were others on the clothes rack at the ski hill but the Ewe Hoo was chosen.
Sheep are not dumb and not too helpless, either. They know the shepherd’s voice and will come when I call. They are not mean, they don’t kick or bite but if I am toting a bag of grain, they might run over me and probably have little remorse for their deed as i pick my self off the ground. I had a friend feed them one week and she told of how she walked in to the gentle fold of lambs with a bucket and soon found herself on the barn floor with 15 sheep nibbling the grain off her legs, arms and head.