While working on other projects (in the middle of the night as I am going through a period of not sleeping well) I have been making bowties as leaders/enders. I am on the downhill slope as I need about 900 and I now have 550 – plus about 7 more on the design board. I only count them when I have 25 on the board, then I put them in a baggie and they join their friends waiting.
I am starting to think about how to put them together someday. At this point I am considering making 9 patches with all the bowties going the same direction. I think I would be able to then play with the design without having so many little pieces.