Lining the shell sections

Firstly, a quick update on the extension, by way of an excuse on why I haven’t done much since my last post.  The extension is coming along very well indeed, and is almost finished, with just a few relatively minor bits and pieces to finish off for the building work.  There’ll then be a lot of cleaning to do, then the decoration and prettying it up – the nice bits.  And yes I know it’s just a utility room and a shower room but they can still be nice.

Anyway, back to the sewing.  The shell sections are lined in navy silk satin.  To do this, for each one I cut out a piece of felt to size, and a piece of the satin slightly larger:

I know it looks black there, but that’s just the photo.

I folded the margin over the felt and tacked all round the edge, starting and finishing the tacking stitches on the right side. From the back:

And from the front:

Here are all nine backing pieces done:

Using a curved needle, I then ladder sitched each piece to the back of its corresponding beaded section:

Once that was done, I could take out the tacking stitches, leaving the finished, lined section:

Here are all of them together:

This is going to be a 3D piece, and the sections are flat, so I need to get them into shape!

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