For this first version beads are placed in near each other in groups of three. It is a tad difficult to see in the photo, but my favorite steel hook allows me to load up three #6 beads at a time. This is a good thing for two reasons.
First reason I like loading up beads three at a time is that I don't have to chase the little buggers every time a bead is needed. Yes, the same total number of beads must be picked up on the hook, but I chase them down less often. This might not be a rational reason. It is my reason and works for me.
The better reason that loading up three at a time works is this specific pattern. As noted above, the beads are placed in a triad. So I know when I'm done (all three on the hook are placed) and can move on before chasing more of the little roly poly sparkly bits.
Soon, very soon, a photo of the completed Daystar will be coming your way!
PS - Notice how I totally skipped posting about that stitch taking up most of the photo. Research is taking place. I know how to do it, but the name and background is proving to be elusive.