Am I becoming the 'grump of the year'? I seem to be doing a lot of moaning lately!!!
Somebody suggested that the newly re-vamped onion ring owl, pig and elephant would benefit by using the Catherine Wheel Join.
Being the sort who always takes all suggestions seriously I set off to see if it was better. Now I DON'T LIKE the CWJ. It's time consuming and fiddly but I gave it my best shot (as my American friends say)!!!
Well I wished I hadn't as it was dreadful. I mean it sort of looks OK (picture on the left) but it really threw the pattern into a state. You'll see I gave up on the one on the left with the CWJ - cut off in it's prime, even!!!! The part that I did seemed to 'cup' even though I was SO careful to keep it lying flat by adjusting the chains all the time. In fact it was just as bad as working the original onion ring!!!! Grrrrrr.
I also realise that I actually like the definition that I get with the lock joins too. Using the Lj gives a much firmer result to the finished piece too and I like that.
I love new techniques - well the ones that aren't 'restricted' by 'ownership' and I'm always happy to try things out but in this case the CWJ doesn't 'do' anything for this design - unless you know better - I'm always ready to take up a challenge!!