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How to Embroider the Turkey Work Stitch

Texture Terrarium Stitch Along Day 9: Turkey Work Stitch

We'll be using the turkey work stitch to add fringy, flowery, blooms to our stick cactus.

The Stitch:

The turkey work stitch is a 3 dimensional stitch that pops off the fabric. You can trim it to be as long or as short as you'd like.

Watch the video below for how to embroider the turkey work stitch and scroll down for a step-by-step guide + information on how to join the Textural Terrarium Stitch Along with Pattern Club.

How To Video:

Step By Step Guide:

1. To start this stitch, do NOT knot the end of your thread.

2. From the front of your fabric, bring your needle down through the fabric where you want the fringe line to start. Hold the tail end of your thread down on the front of the fabric. It's ok if this is longer than you want your actual turkey work stitch to be.

3. Next, bring your needle up to the right of your thread and make a short back stitch over the tail end of the thread coming out of the fabric. This will lock your fringe in place.

4. Then bring your needle up next to where you started the turkey work stitch, hold your thread down on the fabric and continue til you reach the end of your row. If you would like fuller or thicker turkey work stitches, stitch multiple rows stacked on one another.

5. When you're done with the turkey work stitch, trim the thread to your desired length. I recommend trimming longer than you like and shorten as needed. You can always trim more, you can't trim less.

Want to join in the Textural Terrarium Stitch Along? During July 2021 you can join Pattern Club and stitch this design along with us for only $10! If clubs aren't your thing or it's not July, you can purchase the digital pattern here. Then follow along with each blog post to learn how to create each embroidery stitch used in this Textural Terrarium. You can also find more colorful and beginner-friendly embroidery patterns and kits in the MCreativeJ shop.

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