I like to combine a variegated thread with a solid and worked this version first:
(I tweaked the pattern a bit since I wanted the bottom ring in the outline color.)
Next, I was going to reverse with solid rings and variegated chains, but I wasn't having a good day. I could tell that it lacked pizazz since there wasn't enough of the variegated showing.
So then I tweaked some more and added a second row of chains. Better...
Next time, I added lots of picots instead. Besides being frilly, it allowed more color progressions to show. Happy now!
This is a nice pattern that works up quickly. The first version used Shuttle Trend Lab thread from Palmetto, and the rest are Lizbeth.
Best wishes to Heather and her friend, Tracy.