UPDATE: Oct. 4, 2010
The cheap beads and the fraying cord made it very difficult to finish the bracelet. A needle threader and a pair of pliers to be used to pull the needle through the beads would be helpfu.
UPDATE: Oct. 3, 2010
I had fewer problems with beads of other colors. Still, they should check the quality of all the beads before shipping them.
I opened this kit a couple of hours ago. The book is clear and the loom is cute. The problem is the beads. Easily 1/4 to 1/3 are unusable; I can't get the needle through them. I've used seed beeds before and yes, some beads are always too small, but the proportion of bad beads here is ridiculous. It's hard to move quickly because I have to check each bead as it slides onto the needle. It took me a while to realize that the beads, not I, were the problem. It would have been helpful if the book had mentioned that. The next issue is the floss. It shreds. A lot. Try threading a shredded piece of floss through a tiny needle eye and then through a row of threaded beads. It's very difficult. I've had to undo some rows and I feel like Penelope at her loom.
I'm looking forward to learning this craft, but I can't wait to try it with better supplies.