Looks as if I have overcome some difficulties...
I am now in love with the colour of this thread. (See how fickle I am!)
Though it is not shiny when tatted, in the right light it is golden and glistens in parts as I tat. Feels like alchemy at work. ; ))
I am actually contemplating an order of a certain red/burgundy variegate that I can envision alongside this colour. It never stops - the planning and plotting!
Here is what I have done compared to the first run. You can really see the progress and the occasional pay-off for a lifetime of living with my wretched stubborn streak. Today the glass must be half-full!
When I took a break on the border I was keen to try a Middia pattern that Frivole posted about. To me the pattern begged for beads.
My spatial comprehension is nil, so I had a bit of a time figuring out the pattern but in the end am pleased with how it looks. I also thought I might like to try it using a two colour lock-join braid for the chains.
I am also wondering if I should go for another 5 motifs to increase the size of this as I really like the pattern. This is what it looked like after I blocked it a bit as I realized the previous photo of it looked rather lopsided.