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Turkey Work

Turkey Work stitch

Turkey work is a fun stitch that can be used for Santa’s beard, animal fur, and fuzzy flowers. You can cut the loops for maximum fuzz or leave them looped for depth. This stitch is worked in rows from left to right, from the bottom row to the top row. Turkeywork has some “rules” to make your stitching work the way you want it to. It is the last stitch to do because it is hard to maneuver around this stitch. You will be starting and stopping your thread at each end. It’s important to have enough thread to make it the entire length of your row. You can skip a row if your thread is very bulky.

This stitch is worked in groups of two in order to lock the stitch so it won’t unravel when you cut it. If get to the end of your row and you only have one canvas thread left, you need to include it in your last group (so you’ll have three threads). If you want your loops to be even, you may want to use a laying tool or a pencil as you make your loops. One stitcher said to cut the rows as you finish them, while another one said to cut everything when you are completely done. You will find out what works best for you as you experiment with this stitch.

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