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« on: June 16, 2011 03:46:25 PM »

I am trying to make a nautiloid (a spiral shaped sea creature) hat.

I can manage the part to affix the nautiloid onto, but I am at a loss at the hat. I want it to be big and crazy (like Princess Beatrice hat).

I have bolt of tulle, which I thought would work to sculpt a spiral shape. But I have a block.

Any ideas? I'd love to get feedback and ideas. And I would be greatly indebted! Thanks in advance.
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« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2011 03:55:21 PM »

You could sew a tube that gets narrower smoothly towards one end out of a fabric you'd want the creature to be, then stuff the tube, sew it closed and roll it up into a spiral, sewing each turn of the spiral to the one under it.
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« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2011 08:08:37 PM »

It might be easier to do a cross-section of a nautilus shell, rather than the whole thing.  The cross-section is also really pretty - you could applique bits of lace to the tulle to suggest the shell's chambers.
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« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2011 08:41:38 PM »

You could sew a tube that gets narrower smoothly towards one end out of a fabric you'd want the creature to be, then stuff the tube, sew it closed and roll it up into a spiral, sewing each turn of the spiral to the one under it.

Thank you! I keep trying to envision it, and I just have no idea. And I have knitted them before! Smiley

I was worried about weight. It's for a Mermaid Parade so it does not have to be super light, but I wondered. Do you think tulle would be ok? I was thinking I could stuff it with tulle too. I do have other random fabric I could break out too.

hmmmm...

Thank you so much!
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« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2011 08:43:07 PM »

It might be easier to do a cross-section of a nautilus shell, rather than the whole thing.  The cross-section is also really pretty - you could applique bits of lace to the tulle to suggest the shell's chambers.

I had not thought about that approach. It is really pretty-you are right.

I still am a little perplexed on how to make it happen. But I think I need to just break out fabric and start experimenting. The getting started part is the bane of my crafting existence! Once I start, I am good to go though.

I appreciate it! Thanks
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« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2011 08:55:53 PM »

Personally I would go with another fabric for the outside/visible part of the shell . I think the turns of the spiral might blend together too much with tulle. You could stuff it with tulle to keep the weight down and make it stiffer though. Regular polyfill stuffing isn't very heavy either, but since you already have tulle, might as well try it with tulle! Grabbing some fabric and just experimenting sounds like a pretty good idea  Smiley
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