Why yes, those are Quincy colors. 😉
First, I have to say I’m glad I tried the diamonds design out first. Tricky as that one was to figure out, a base row made up of 2 beads per column is much, much easier than a single-bead base row. With two beads in the column, no matter how tightly you pull the thread, there’s a little wiggle room to poke your needle through when you come back and Comanche-stitch on more rows of beads.
In a single-bead base row? (Insert Sahara dryness here.) Not so much.
Oh, it’s doable. I managed! But it is an incredible, curse-inducing pain. Geh.
That said, I do like how the star part came out, especially using Delicas and some creative re-drawing of where to put colors to make a more geometric star than the original design would result in. The drops… eh, I was improvising. In the future I think I might 1) make the central drops longer than they ended up and 2) alternate between the dagger beads and some other end to the drop; the daggers are lovely but a bit heavier than I expected.
Thoughts and comments welcome. 🙂