The pattern requires a basic understanding of peyote stitch. And once you get going you won't want to stop. I worked through the first component real slow, to make sure I understood the instructions properly. Kristen's directions and photos are very clear. Once I got the first one right, the second one whipped up quickly, and then I felt like I was on fire!
Connecting the components was very easy, I love the design on these connections. Be careful with your connections though - I got a little bit ahead of my self once I started connecting and didn't read through the entire instructions (where Kristen warns about this....). If you notice, there is an uneven amount of picots on the component, so as you start connecting them all you will see that have three picots on the top and four picots on the bottom, your piece will start to gently curve in one direction (great for a necklace!!!!). I noticed the gentle curve about four three or four pieces in and didn't mind at all - I just started going in another direction (so that I had four picots on top and three on the bottome) and I loved the result!
I finished my bracelet in one sitting and truly enjoyed making those sweet components! And of course I didn't want to stop there, so I started rummaging through my stash to see what kind of 8mm round beads were there! A pair of earrings was in order on day two!
I was impressed by how few beads are actually needed to create this...the bracelet only requires nine 8mm beads, 1g seed, 1g seed, 16 size 8 seed, and eight 4mm of Czech FP rounds. It's definitely a great earring project for "leftover" beads!
This pattern is a great bracelet, and it works beautifully into a necklace. But I am already addicted to making these into a quick and sophisticated pair of earrings!
The final product is delicate yet substantial (an oxymoron - but TRUE), sophisticated, and elegant, yet easily paired with all the casual outfits I've been wearing the past few days! And did I mention I've received tons of compliments on the earrings and the bracelet??
Disclaimer (not that it's needed...): I was not asked to review this pattern, but wanted to because I think this pattern is awesome, and when I think something is awesome I just have to share!!! Great job Kristen!