Okay, so I did it. Took them apart, coloured them and reassembled them. They look much better I have to admit. Also reckon I like them joined with a bit or order and without the distortion. Think the kids could have fun with this one, just letting it grow as an organic hanging. Those who are into it can make loads, those who are not can struggle their way through one.
Found a young entrepreneur of the future in class last week having the girl next to him do his sewing for him. Ahhh, nothing like a traditional Scottish upbringing to instill the gender roll models. Just wait till she's waiting behind the door for him with that rolling pin!