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Video – How to Do Turkey Work Embroidery

Last Updated on July 28, 2019 by wendigratz

How to Do Turkey Work Embroidery - a video tutorial from Shiny Happy World

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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!

Happy stitching!

Applique Wendi (with fabulous hat)


  1. Sharon Walker SAYS...

    Hi Wendi, I’ve just joined you and I’m having a fantastic time watching your tutorials. I have to reiterate what everyone else has been saying – that your videos are by far the best I’ve seen as they are clear to see, well explained and your hubby does a fabulous job on the recording a close up shots (can’t leave him out) lol. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your wealth of experience with us all, Love and Blessings, Sharon xx Ps: I can’t wait for my first newsletter 🙂 xx

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  3. Linda Leary SAYS...

    OH My! This stitch is so fun! I just put a mustache on one of my wee warren bears with it. He looks quite dashing.

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