As you can see, I am exceedingly proud of my latest soft sculpture: a gastropod shell. There is likely nothing in nature that is quite like it, but it may be closest in shape to a “channeled welk.”
The trickiest part to get right was the tip. As you can see I have a hole where the tip should be; this was because the fabric strips would need to get extremely narrow as they spiral toward the tip. But I’m pretty pleased with the results nonetheless.
As with the nautilus, the gastropod was constructed it with a batik fabric fused to Peltex, a heavy duty interfacing material. Peltex is thick enough to hold the sea shell shape yet still malleable. The actual pieces are attached with a zig-zag stitch. My new heavy duty Singer sewing machine sewed them like a champ!
If you look closely, you can see that there are a few pins in the gastropod. Ultimately, some pieces need to be glued together to create the permanent shape. Keep your eyes on this space for a release of the pattern if you are inclined to make your own version.