Not sure exactly when I started. I know I bought the book with the pattern in it back in January- it's Maggie Meister's Classical Elegance: 20 Beaded Jewelry Designs
. (I had never heard of her before, but Fire Mountain Gems had a sale and the book was $5, so...) I've been working on the Macha necklace from that book off and on for some time, and I finally finished it last night. Word of advice: the numbers given for the # of grams of seed beads required seem to be a bit off. I am not sure why, but my suspicion is that the original pattern may have used metal beads rather than glass- either that or the beads were purchased in pre-sized packages and the numbers were for the package rather than the amount of beads used therein.
Anyway, here's the result:( At some point I'll photograph this on a black background for proper color rendition, but I don't have access to one right now. )
Every time I work on this kind of thing I come away with a new respect for Native American beadworkers and for anyone who has ever worked in the bead-stitching portions of the garment industry. Also for the good people of the Boots Group pharmaceutical research team of 1961-1964 because hu, boy, can my shoulder cramp up if I'm not careful during an extended session, and that's when they discovered ibuprofen.