DIY Embroidery Stitching Guide – Turkey Knots !

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DIY Embroidery Stitching Guide – Turkey Knots !

This stitch creates a wonderful fluffy effect for bunny tails, hair, wattle, bottlebrush and insect bodies.


1. Always work this stitch from the left to
right. Do not anchor or knot the thread.
It starts differently from any other stitch
as you start from the top of the work.

2. From the top of the work, stitch down at A,leaving a tail of about 2.5cm (1″). Hold the
tail down with your thumb while you pull the thread through to the back.

3. Come out at B, about 2mm (1⁄8″) to the right of A. Up on the right.

4. Go down at C, about 2mm (1⁄8″) to the left of A. This forms the anchor stitch – and
forms a ‘T’ shape. Down on the left.

5. Come out at A again, making sure to pierce through the anchor ‘T’ stitch. Split the top
of the ‘T’.
6. Pull the thread down to from a second tail
and hold with your thumb. (Continued overleaf)

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Turkey Knots

7. Now it is time to start the next ‘Turkey Knot’. Go in at D, approx 2mm (1⁄8″)
right of A. The loop this forms in the thread should be about 1cm (1⁄2″) long.
You can make this longer if you wish.
Make them long enough to hold easily.
Come out at E, and about 2mm (1⁄8″) to the right of D. Up on the right.
Go down at B. This forms an anchor ‘T’ stitch at the base of the loop.
Down on the left.

. Come out at D again, making sure to pierce through the anchor stitch.
Split the top of the ‘T’.
11. Pull the thread down to form a second loop and hold with your thumb.
12. Continue the rest of the row.
13. Cut all the loops, comb and trim to the desired length and shape.
D E
Split

14. When working rows of Turkey Knots together, remember to always work the row from left to right. You may work parallel rows or work them back to back.

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