Well worth the money for the kit. Like having a master class with Ms. Rutledge herself. The beads in the kit were of good quality (she includes 2 needles and One G thread, too), and I finished with quite a surplus. The "lattice weave" technique is very very cool and will be fun to use in a variety of other projects. I've already started a basic lattice strap on my own. Her instructions are detailed and personal ("Let's add a picot while we are over here").
I was not sure about doing a kit as it felt like I was somehow being uneconomical, or cheating. But I really learned a lot doing this bracelet, and as a result I have an excellent bracelet, extra beads and the instructions to use again and again.
The biggest lesson I got was making the little beaded beads that constitute the two buttons at the end. Cynthia's method was one I have never encountered before and the result is totally darling. Yes, I said it, totally DARLING.
The next kit I want to do (for my own education, of course, is this one. Christmas anyone?)