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Stitch Tuesday – Turkey Rug Stitch

I have not done a stitch tutorial for a while and my latest pattern called for a ‘fluffy’ stitch for a squirrels tail so I decided to see if the Turkey Rug stitch would do the job!

Turkey Rug Stitch

This is basically a series of loops worked within a shape that can then be cut to form a pile (hence the ‘rug’ reference as it can be used for making rugs).

Here’s a run down of how the stitch is worked… I did a couple of practice shapes on my doodle cloth…

Firstly, draw a shape you want to fill with the loops and use at least 3 strands of thread for stitching. Bring the thread down on the left corner of your shape and don’t pull it all the way through – leave about 1/2 inch of thread sticking out of the left corner on the right side of the shape.

Bring the needle up at ‘1’ just to the right of the thread tail and then take it down at ‘2’ just above the thread tail. Pull it all the way through and this creates a small holding stitch (3).

Bring the needle up at ‘4’ just below the holding stitch and next to the thread tail. Take the needle down to the right at ‘5’ creating a loop (similar in height to the thread tail).

Next, you are going to make a small holding stitch over the right side of the loop which catches the thread and stops it from pulling through so the loop is secure.

Come up at ‘6’ – directly to the right of the loop – and then take the needle down in between the loop trapping the base of the loop when you pull the thread all the way through and creating a small stitch.

Create a second loop next to the first in exactly the same way as before and secure with a holding stitch.

Continue along the edge of the shape to the right and finish at the end with a holding stitch.

Create the second row directly above the first working in the opposite direction so you will be taking your stitches to the left each time and bringing the holding stitch over the left side of the loop in to the centre to secure.

Continue working rows of loops to fill the whole shape going in alternate directions. At the end of the last row bring the needle up under the last holding stitch and snip off.

The next step, using sharp embroidery scissors, is to cut through the top of the loops so that you have a nice spiky looking shape!

Trim to your desired length and neaten around the edges so the shape is clearly defined.

This was a really fun stitch and I did a couple of examples so I could get the hang of it.

As I said at the start of this post, my reason for trying this out was for a little squirrel who appears in my latest pattern. I stitched him up and used the stitch for the tail and as you can see it was perfect for the fluffy effect!

I can think of so many fun ways to use this stitch so give it a go and you will be wanting to create some fluffy creatures of your own!