What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Do a gauge swatch and plan out your adornments.
What you will need
Koigu KPPM in purples/greens and matte size 6 Miyuki beads to string round the gaps. I used size 2mm wooden beads and some leftover purple Five Moons 4 ply merino for the wrapping. The photo doesn't do it justice. The purple really zings.