The little lady's bracelet is finished. Here it is with the treasure box we made to hold it. The box is from the Canon website. We worked on it together; I cut, she glued.
The bracelet is just tatted split rings with enough stitches and picots to snug up to the beads. It's just the right size for the little lady, but I wish I'd added a few repeats. Then I could share with her! Is it OK for a 30+ woman to wear blue plastic beads?
CindyK left a suggestion to make some tatted hearts. I like the idea very much. So here is Martha Ess's Two Hearts in One. I like the serendipity of online tatting. Here's another version from Val's Simple Passions.
Round 2 really is the toughest. These days, the thought of wasted paper bothers me, so I try not to print patterns, instead working off the computer or the iPhone. For this pattern, I had to give in. I printed it out, found 2 quiet hours, and glued my eyes to the paper.
It also helped that I don't reverse my work. It reduced confusion. I learned this technique from Teri Dusenbury's website, although I can't find the exact link right now. I'll keep looking. Basically, the rings are worked with flip stitches. The chains are unflipped (encapsulated). I just switch shuttles between rings and chains. It also saves having to wind up the long thread after making rings.