Thursday, March 17, 2011

Catherine Wheel Join - my video demo



I made this video to demonstrate how I make Catherine Wheel joins, because I find them really useful. This type of join forms a smooth curve with no dips or breaks when outlining another tatted element in a design. The video just shows a single ring being outlined in order to explain the basic process.

Examples of where I've used this type of join include the Boomerang earrings and the Amoeba Triangle. I also have another pattern in progress that uses it, so you'll be seeing more of this join.

To download a PDF file of still photos showing the steps of making this join, CLICK HERE.

23 comments:

Miranda said...

That's great! I love CW joins, but I had never thought to pop the loop through; after tightening the first half, I always have to pull a second loop through from the front. Your way looks much easier.

Fox said...

Same as Miranda! Thanks for this... very useful! Video is very clear.
Fox : )

Bri's Bits said...

excellent demo, ty so very much!!!

Jane S. said...

Thank you for putting up the video. I've never attempted that kind of join before but I'll certainly give it a try now, it looks so smooth and tidy.

***Jon**** said...

Thank you for the video. I have used this join a few time before but for each time, I need to refer to the instructions that I have printed out. Seeing a visual of it makes it so much clearer.

Frivole said...

Thank you so much Yarnplayer! I love the look of that join and will give it a try on my next project. It will be a very useful new technique to know. Am I right in thinking that this would also prevent a colour "blip" on the underside?

Sunela said...

Thank you so sharing this video. Even though I have learned a lot of techniques through written instructions, I prefer visuals. I have a better idea of CW joins now.

Carol Lawecki said...

I have heard of the Catherine Wheel join, but I didn't know how to do it. Thank you for putting the video up. The join does look much smoother than a shuttle join. I will have to give this a try. :)

yarnplayer said...

Thank you all for the nice comments. I hope to make some patterns available that use this kind of join, so I needed to show people how to do it. I learned it myself from the diagrams at Debbie Arnold's website:
http://www.ds9designs.com/patterns_free.shtml

Yes, Frivole, there is no color blip on either side.

Marty said...

Thank you! That's the clearest I've ever seen the CW join demonstrated. I think I can finally do it now!

StringyDogs said...

Perhaps you should change your name to Yarnmeister! That is wonderful-it is one of the best looking joins I have seen. You are a doll for sharing.

shannon_in_love said...

it was so great to actually see that technique in action. THANK YOU SO DARN MUCH!!!!

Ridgewoman said...

I really appreciate visuals. I’m a visual learner; although, I can learn from a book; but, visual is MUCH better. Haven’t used this join at all...but I will give it a go...
thanks again, bj

Art by JoyMac said...

Many thanks for this video...it certainly helps to actually see someone working this Catherine Wheel Join
Hugs
Joy in OZ

Kathy Niklewicz said...

Excellent video! I had no idea what a Catherine Wheel Join was or what it is used for! I had heard of it but never investigated. It looks like it could be used in many situations. The old cliche "A picture [video] is worth a thousand words" certainly applies here!

I am constantly amazed at these 'unusual' but cool techniques. You certainly make it look easy! My only question is: Where did it get that name?

I also think it's great that you are teaching some classes. And, as usual, you keep on taking tatting to 'new frontiers' with your unique artistic designs.

zarina said...

That is innovative. I am impress that tatting was supposedly to be a dying craft but there is so many new techniques that has been brought up.

Clyde said...

What a fantastic video. Thank you for taking the time to do this video as it makes it very clear how to do the join. I have not used it before but feel confident now to give it a try.

tatting-marie said...

Your video shows us a very clear picture of how to do the CW. I have never used it, but will from now on. Love the fact that there is no "color blip" involved. Many thanks!

Happy Bluebird said...

Thanks for the video. Would this join be used in patterns that don't specifically state to use it? It seems like it could be used in many patterns I've done for a neater/flatter look. Thanks again :)

sherrya said...

I have just learned and been doing the Lark's Head Knot for regular joins, which look EXACTLY the same but is for UP joins -- this is basically a DOWN join Lark's Head Knot! Both end up looking like you've just continued tatting double stitches but VOILE! there's an INVISIBLE JOIN! Thanks SO MUCH for the CLEAR HD video and EXCELLENT directions added - so EASY to follow!
~Tatikan

umintsuru said...

I just saw this video. Thank you so much. Never knew what this was done. Thanks to you, now I do. A video makes it so much easier to visualize.

crazyQstitcher said...

Thank you for sharing this method. Both video and PDF are great. I've printed the PDF for a reminder.
I recently tatted a motif and had juggled the piece about trying to connect the outer and inner parts. Your way is so easy and neat.

DorARTthea said...

What a fantastic knot!It is completely new technique for me. Thank you for sharing this method!