Eureka! (and a bit of Duh!)

Eureka! (TV series)

Don’t you just love those moments when you suddenly realise something that now appears to be so obvious? I don’t get them that often but was luckily enough to have one this week. On the one hand I feel so stupid but on the other so excited!

This idea came from a couple of necklaces I designed (in thread). I initially had a play a week or so ago and was waiting for the beads that I had ordered to arrive. This week I set out to make them properly in wire. As always I started off full of energy and enthusiasm. Two attempts later I was feeling a bit less so!

My initial idea came from this book:

Product Detailsand in particular this design:

It looks simple enough except I couldn’t quite work out how! IΒ  started off with 2 ‘bands’ and attempted to add the loops with no success!

I initially was going to put the loops on to the little rings.

This is a plain one but I used a larger hook










I then decided to look at the diagrams a bit more carefully…. and that is when lightning struck – why don’t I work around the necklace the other way. In other words instead of working all around the total length of necklace each time, work the width. As I said – not exactly earth shattering but enough to radically alter my work. Oh and it worked:

I worked from one end to the other end, (about 2 double crochets on each line!)

As you can see it is still not totally finished – I need to work on making the loops tighter so there is no room for the beads to slip around BUT…. the loops work – HOORAY!

I don’t like the necklace but really feel that this technique has great potential. Here is a bracelet that I made which works a bit better:

I got the loops tighter so the beads don’t slip.

Here it is being modeled.

I have further plans of which I am really excited about but you will have to wait a bit longer for these, sorry!

Finally, I wish to thank Mrs A and Jan from handcrafted by Picto. Their comments gave me another ‘duh’ moment when I felt a bit silly (well, OK really silly). In my last post I mentioned that the Ganny Square Necklace started out as a bracelet but it didn’t fit. These wonderful people gave me the very simple solution – add in extra chain to make it fit. See, DUH why could I not think of that? Instead of chain I added extra beads:

So what do you think? I think brilliant!

Your comments are always really useful to me and I really appreciate the time you take to do it. Thank you. If anyone has an obvious great idea that I have missed again then do please tell me – as you can see I am not always that good at identifying the obvious! πŸ™‚

Do please join me as I now head over to Handmade Monday on Handmade Harbour where, amongst many others you will find the brilliant Mrs A and Jan. It really is worth a visit.

28 thoughts on “Eureka! (and a bit of Duh!)

  1. Jill

    A very bracelet. Isn’t it often the way, we work on something, stare at it day and day out looking for a solution and then someone comes along with fresh eyes and points us in the right direction. Such a great hep. Hope you have a good week.

  2. freespiritdesigns

    both bracelets are superb and so original πŸ™‚

    i’m glad that your inner genius is feeding you all these wonderful ideas! its such a great feeling when problem are solved in this way πŸ™‚ x

  3. Wendy Massey (@1stUniqueGifts)

    I love the looped beading as a bracelet. I think one of the really useful things about blogs is the feedback from others. We all see things differently and someone else will always see something you didn’t (and you can do the same for them).

    1. knitnrun4sanity Post author

      Totally – it is why I love it so much. πŸ™‚ Forgot to say thanks to you for hosting Handmade Monday as it is such a source of great feedback. πŸ™‚

  4. feelgoodknitting

    “those moments when you suddenly realise something that now appears to be so obvious”
    My teacher friends and I call those “light bulb moments” and they’re almost as fun to watch as to have. πŸ™‚

  5. Alison

    The bracelet looks gorgeous. I have to say I really like all the necklaces, the thinner ones are cute. Hope you have another inspiring week. Ali x

  6. Mrs A.

    Glad I was able to help. Iv’e sat looking at spread sheets for hours not seeing the problem. Gone away for a break and sat back down and as you say the light bulb syndrome kicks in and yes you do feel silly but that is how we learn and advance ourselves. Have a great week. Hugs Mrs A.

  7. Zukiestyle

    lovely ideas coming along. Can’t wait to see what else you do with this technique πŸ™‚ I love the eureeka moments. It’s so annoying when you waste a day struggling with something and then all of a sudden it works the next day!x


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