|3D Turtle Free Bead Pattern|
First I made the shell of the turtle. I started with 5 rows of Square Stitch. You can also use a variation called Stack Stitch. For this project, you would work 10 rows of Stack Stitch, consisting of a set of 5 beads, stacked against the next row. If you use this stitch, you will be working the rows from side to side. The beading is then switched to Brick Stitch for the remaining rows. You can also use Square Stitch and do the 5 central rows lengthwise instead, if you are more comfortable with that.
The belly of the turtle is a little more complicated, but not too bad. Start by doing 6 rows of Flat Round Peyote with a 6 bead base. Then do a seventh row, but skip adding the two beads indicated by the x's on the graph. Make sure your work is oriented to match the graph. Then work your way around once more adding the first row of light green beads shown on the graph. Now add the legs and tail using Odd-Count Flat Peyote.
To make the head, start by threading through the 3 beads marked by red dots on the graph. Pick up 3 more beads and thread through the first three again to make a circle of 6. Use these beads as a base for tubular peyote and work an additional 5 rows. Go through the three beads in the last row twice to pull them together then add one more bead to the top bead of the three. Add it by picking it up, going through the bead you are attaching it to, going through the bead you added again (from the opposite side) and into the original bead again. Then go into the added bead again. Now go through the other two beads of the original 3 and through the added bead once more. Weave back into the belly of the turtle to secure and snip.
Now you need to attach the two halves of the turtle. Attach the dark green beads around the edge of the shell to the beads in the belly that are marked with yellow dots on the graph. Stitch them together as if you were doing square stitch, the thread path is the same.
The long side edges don't quite match up with the shell edge having 5 beads and the belly edge having only 4. The diagram below shows how this can be resolved.