When I say that I combined the ds, I mean that I just added to a normal 10ds chain 3 times the sequence of 8 half stiches. Yup, the Josephine chain thingy. As simple as that: 8 hs, pass the shuttle over the theard, work the next 8 ones... and so on. Foir my Frecia 12 thread, 8hs did it ok.
I used 2 shuttles for 2 reasons: the ring on top of the chains and the fact that when I was working the Josephine chain I noticed that the thread was twisting, so I had to unwind. No real need for the second shuttle to make the floating ring, but I dare you to do unwind the thread of a bal (without placing everytime a clip... ) and loosing time.
Start ring: 10 - 10, close, turn work
Start chain: 10 ds, make the Josephine sequence, do not turn work.
Take the second shuttle, make the floating ring: 12ds, close, do not turn work.
Take the first shuttle, make the Josephine chain section, 10 ds, lock join to the picot of the first ring.
Start ring.. Repeat until the star is done.
When i finished, I let a bit of more thread to sew my seed beads.
I kind of like the combination of the 2 chains toghether. The normal one makes a nice arch, the Josephine chain gives a nice pointy touch. My TOR are a bit bigger than in the given pattern. Feel free to change the amount of ds as you like it better. Nothing can go wrong.
Talking about learning: My husband asked: "Can't you make a snowflake more like a snowflake?" When he draw it I froze: RING ON RING! I searched, I found it, I made some practice of the LTROR (Thank you, Karen,.. again and again) ... As scarry as it is at the first glance, when you have the shuttles in the hands it makes more sense. Got it. Brave (or stupid) as I am, I added beads on the thread... My first piece gave me some trouble, but I managed to finish it: it really sparkles in the light:
Now I just have to put some starch on this one.