My heart goes to Fox who has left a trail of broken hearts while trying this method of joining. So, I have decided to come up with a pictorial of the step for making this join to help ease her pain.
This join is easier made with two shuttle, though it is possible while working with shuttle-and-ball if you can manage loops large enough to pass the ball of thread through. All throughout, the threads are kept loose until the very end where it is finally tightened.
Step 1: Pull the upper shuttle thread through the picot from under the lower shuttle thread to form a loop. Pass the upper shuttle thread through this loop but DO NOT tighten. Pull the part of the upper shuttle thread ( as shown by the arrow) so that the upper shuttle thread is pulled through the picot.
|Pull the part of the thread shown by the arrow after you have passed the upper shuttle thread through the loop|
|The upper shuttle thread is pull through the picot|
Step 3: After the upper shuttle is passed through, adjust the position of the thread so that a loose shape of a double stitch is formed. Pull the thread that is on the left side of the double-stitches to tighten the first half-stitch.
|You should be able to see a loose double stitch. Pull the thread that forms the left side of the 'double stitch' to tighten.|
|A completed Catherine Wheel Join|
To Fox, I hope you will try again.
p.s. I think this type of stitch is also called a Dora Young Knot. Please correct me if I am wrong.