Here is a preview for this year's Weaving a Zoo animal - the tortoise/turtle. This section of the fabric shows the detail of the center top & bottom shells. I just printed out the animal pattern and I am going to try to sew a prototype out of non-handwoven fabric today. This pattern takes a different approach to assembling the animal than the giraffe & elephant patterns we did the previous 2 years. There appears to be a great deal more hand sewing to create the tortoises. I'm not very fond of hand sewing, but hopefully this won't be too bad.