Well, it's July 4, and I wasn't prepared - so I will show this thing that I found in a box while looking for something else. This was done several years ago, and was an early sample of the beading-not-for-Christmas thing - along with the diagonal metallic "bracelet" effect. However, I never finished it, as I couldn't figure out a fine and interesting treatment for the stars I thought were so clever. I have now figured a way to do it, but the YLI floss I selected is a bit "bright white," as I did the rest of it in silk. Oh well. It makes a statement, and I will eventually finish it. Have a fine and relaxing and safe 4th of July - It's a big soggy still in Texas for fireworks, as it is still raining, so I will spend the day stitching - on CQ pieces!!