Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Delighful Effects of CWJ

Dear friends, keeping in mind the soon approaching Indian festival of Rakshabandhan,
I found some new ways to use tatted motifs for ‘Rakhis’. Rakhis are basically bracelets
made with silk threads in vibrant colors. A sister ties Rakhi on the wrist of her brother to
show her true love. Rakshabandhan is a festival of love and  joy.
My focus was on Catherine wheel join (CWJ) technique while tatting new Rakhi motifs
and these are the designs I came up with.
1. The Chocolatees…....
The chains in second round in these motifs are joined with CWJ.
The effect of the CWJ can be seen with clarity of picot in the first round.
2. The simple yet elegant……
The white shiny thread gives an elegant look. The joins are made with CWJ.
3. The bare thread delight…...
Here’s a variation of color for the same pattern. I am happy to share this new effect of
bare thread over the rings and CWJ. Many tatters hate bare the thread idea but I am
sure that they too shall love this effect. I will share the pattern in my next post.
4. Dot Picot Delight....
Simple motif with six rings with single color. Join contrast color for the next round using 
Dot Picot String on upper part of each Ring joined with CWJ 
5. Variation with BareThread…….
Bare thread and two CWJs on each ring with and without beads.
6. Sandwiching the bare thread….

In the above two, one more round of chains with and without picots is added over the bare thread. 

The strings of all Rakhis are tatted with different techniques like Lock Chain Stitch, Pearl Tatting, Shoe Lace Trick etc.

Kindly post your views, comments, suggestions here.



  1. I like the idea of rakhis and using tatting for them. The outer bare thread is very effective, I look forward to reading more about the technique.

  2. Thanks Jane. Many possibilities with bare thread and CWJ.

  3. Wonderful variety of bracelets, designs and colors!!!! :)

  4. Lovely designs all are beautiful works