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Once I finished my first embroidery project, I needed more!

When I aquired a flat-backed carved jade turtle, the concept for "TURTLE ISLAND" was born....

TURTLE ISLAND
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This piece took a remarkable THREE DAYS to bead!

I used sizes 14/15, 11/0, 8/0, and 6/0 seed beads. The other beads are mostly fancy jasper and moss agate. Beading was done on Lacy's "STIFF STUFF" with nymo "D" thread. Neckpiece was strung using "Fireline". I backed the embroidery with a soft dark green leather. The bone turtle was a find several ears ago at a gem show in Seattle (wish I'd bought more!!) and there are two little cast turtle beads in the neck strands.

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From the day I first held the jade turtle in my hand, I knew EXACTLY how I would bead this piece, something that that almost NEVER happens with me!