Honu is the Hawaiian word for the local Green Sea Turtle. I believe, though I don’t actually speak Hawaiian, it is the word used generally for turtle.
Honu, for the local, is one of the images we associate with the islands. I especially love the petroglyphs of Hawaii. In particular, I love the circular line of the Honu. (The image above the title here.) I discovered bead embroidery a few months ago, and since that time I have been working on how to translate the humble Honu into a beaded piece.
My first thoughts were, keep it simple. Black Honu, white background. But then I got started.
It just so happened, yesterday I had some Swarovskis on my beading tray. I had taken apart a broken bracelet Donna had given me and the crystals were just laying there. I had a tube of black Delicas I wanted to use for the outline and the smokey color of the Swarovskis next to the black transported me. Where did that combo take me? Off into a world of color possibilities. And so the humble Honu is being decked out into a ballroom of shine.
I’ll save the simple black and white for the next one…