We are getting so close to finishing the Nativity hoop! We only have two stitches left to learn. Today we will learn the turkey works stitch. On the Nativity hoop, turkey work is what makes the fun loops on Joseph’s body. Let’s get started.
Turkey work is sometimes referred to as a knot. This is because in stitch it you basically tie a knot on top of your fabric leaving the ends exposed. This makes turkey work a very versatile stitch. You can leave the ends long like fringe or pack them in close and the ends short to make a fuzzy texture like carpet or fur. You would also leave the ends uncut making looks that look like petals.
All four of the images above show turkey work stitched in different ways. Top left is tight and short. Top right is long and loose. Bottom left is tight and loopy. Bottom right is both loopy and trimmed. Turkey work is such a great way to express different ideas and textures. Let learn how to make it.
First, I’ll show you how to start turkey work with a tail on the top. You would use this version for anything where you want to cut the loops and have loose ends.
Now that you have an understanding of how turkey work stitch works, I’ll show you how to start with a loop instead of a tail end.
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Make sure to comment with any questions. I love questions and helping you in your work. If you missed any of the previous days you can find them here. DAY 1 – Set up and tracing. DAY 2 – Satin stitch and backstitch. DAY 3 – Chain stitch and whipped backstitch. DAY 4 – French knots and making the star. Don’t forget to share your progress on Instagram so I can cheer you on!