The mental lightbulb lit up, as this little group provides the perfect starting point for a beaded bead element - much better than the flat end of the strip would have done. I immediately made some rough notes so that I would know what to do next time.
I’m really glad I’ve discovered ‘Fireline’ beading thread. It just seems to disappear into the backing and the result is sturdy and very neat.
I like my strap to look as if its growing organically from the side of the main section and I think it will feel very comfortable and smooth to wear. Just need to get the rest of it done now!