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Turkey rug knot

  • Ghiordes knot
  • Single knot tufting
  • Quilt knot stitch
  • Single knotted Smyrna rug stitch
  • Tufted knot stitch
  • Turkey stitch
  • Plush stitch
  • Astrachan stitch
  • Velvet stitch

Turkey rug stitch consists of loops of thread which are This can be a looped or cut stitch depending on the desired effect. In both cases, it must be worked from the bottom upwards.

Turkey rug knot is generously sponsored by Susan Shields

Method

Turkey Rug stitch should always be the last stitch to be but in your design as it is very difficult to fit other stitches around it due to its dense nature.

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With no knot and a loose tail end on the top of your canvas, take the needle down through the canvas where you wish to start. Bring the needle up one thread to the left of this.

2

Holding the working loop of the thread to the top of the work, take the needle down two threads across from where it came up but do not pull it tight yet.

3

Bring the needle back up where you initially started and pull the loop tight. This will form a horizontal holding stitch to secure the tail ends of the thread.

4

Take the needle to the right of the horizontal holding stitch and, again, without pulling the thread tight, loop it around to one canvas thread across from the last stitch.

5

Take the needle down and bring it up one thread to the left of this, through the same hole as the previous stitch.

6

Holding the working loop of the thread to the top of the work, take the needle down two threads across from where it came up but do not pull tight yet.

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Bring the needle back up where it first began and pull the loop tight.

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Continue looping stitches across the row.

9

Cut the thread at the end of the row and return to the left-hand side of the work.

10

Make a second row above the first, beginning one thread to the left, so that the stitches are bricked.

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Continue with more rows to fill the area

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When the area is complete the loops can either be left as they are

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the loops cut

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or trimmed short for a more fluffy appearance.

Structure of stitch

Common uses

This stitch gives a very fluffy texture to an area and can give real height to the work. However, it is also very slow to work.

Embroidery Techniques

References

  • Mary Thomas, Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches (1934) , p.158
  • Jacqui McDonald, RSN Essential Stitch Guides: Crewelwork (2010)
  • Various Authors, The Royal School of Needlework Book of Embroidery (2018) , p.127