If you spend a little time looking at all the elements in the above detail shot of the turtle's foot, you can see Lisa's skill at using beads and threads both independently and mixed in the same motif. To my eyes, it's amazing!
I also want to share with you what Lisa says about her turtle: "Going In is a meditation and a celebration. All of my life I have identified with turtles—being quiet, slow, deliberate, and loving and feeling at home in places where land and water meet. The turtle in this embroidery is literally “going in” to the water. By being alert, quiet, and patient, the turtle is also going within itself, realizing its oneness with the land, water, plants, and rocks around it."
The two images above show Lisa's ability to create variations on a motif and technique. Each of the circles in the border of Going In has its own distinctive pattern, yet the techniques are few and simple. I admire her work so much, and am delighted she allowed me to share it with you!
As some of you may want to know more, here are the specs:
Title: Going In
Date: Completed 10/05
Dimensions: 15” x 15” x ½”
Materials: Beads, hand-dyed silk and pearl cotton threads, nylon beading thread, cotton fabrics, wool batting
Techniques: Machine pieced and quilted fabrics; hand embroidered beads and threads