Last Updated on July 28, 2019 by wendigratz
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Turkey work is an unusual embroidery stitch that gives you a special effect. If you make long loops you can get a hairy or fringy look. Shorter loopes can be trimmed to look like the pile of a rug or shorter hair.
The stitch isn’t difficult, but it does require a bit of focus so you don’t lose track of what you’re doing. I tend to mumble to myself while I do it. . . flat stitch, loopy stitch, flat stitch, loopy stitch. . .
Here’s what I’m talking about.
See what I mean?
You can work this stitch on flat embroidery, but I use it most often on little felt softies. It opens up a whole range of possibilities for hair, manes, tails, bushy eyebrows and more. 🙂
That’s a lion that you see (from the back) in the title image. You can get the pattern here.
Have fun with this one!