Argonaut, not Nautilus

After reading Kim (Flextiles)’s post on felting a Nautilus Shell, see link here, I realised how different the two shells are. Most King Islanders call our shells that wash up every now and then, Nautilus Shells. They are actually Argonaut Shells. The creature that lives and breeds inside them are strange-looking squid like mini monsters that form the shell from secretions to protect the babies. Truly amazing and paper thin. To find an undamaged one on the beach is difficult because they are so fragile.

Felt seemed like the perfect medium to sculpt an Argonaut.

Argonaut not Nautilus

Side by side - The real and the felted version

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More Felted Works

These are a few of the pieces I have been experimenting with.  We have a small felting group on the Island and we play around with new ideas.  We have all tried hats and shawls and bags and boots. It is so addictive!