How to hand embroider Turkman Stitch

Some people classify Turkman stitch as a form of double chain stitch and others classify it as a closed feather stitch. Some books have the point of the needle angled further inwards for double chain and for Turkman the point of the needle follows the outer edge of the line. In many ways depending on how you view this stitch it could be either.

Turkman stitch is simple and quick to work. Turkman stitch can be used as a linear stitch and as a filling. It will also follow a gentle curve. It is worked between two imaginary parallel lines down the fabric swinging back and forth, from side to side.

How to work Turkman stitch

Turkman stitch step Bring the needle out at the top left line, and insert the needle on the right line and make a small vertical stitch in a downward motion, so that the needle point reappears on the right line.

Turkman stitch step 2Keeping the thread under the needle point pull the thread through the fabric to make the first stitch.

Turkman stitch step 3Next, insert the needle on the left line, very close to where the thread emerged and take a small vertical bite of the fabric.
Keeping the thread under the needle point, pull the thread through the fabric to make the stitch.

Turkman stitch step 4Insert the needle on the right line, catching the loop and make a small vertical stitch in a downward motion so that the needle point reappears on the right line.

Turkman stitch step 5Work these movements alternatively down the row but notice that as the row is worked each stitch catches the previous stitch.

I hope you enjoy the stitch!

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10 Responses to How to hand embroider Turkman Stitch

  1. Coll says:

    I have been doing this on an embroidery (as a border) and didn’t know it had a name!

  2. Hi Sharon,
    I am still working on this stitch sampler-
    http://jizee6687.wordpress.com/category/tast-2013/38-86-turkman-stitch/
    Thank you,
    Chitra

  3. Carol Harper says:

    My version:
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v29/thatyank/thatyank%20siggies/Blog%20photos%20from%20Multiply/October%202013/86-Turkmanstitch.jpg

    Again, it looks sort of, but not quite like, the example in the tutorial… but then again, it looks like some of the samples stitched by tohers so maybe i got it right after all!

  4. Barbara M says:

    A small sample for week 85 & 86. I have a few things on the go at once. 🙂
    Barbara M
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/36140279@N03/10462545364/

  5. Pamela says:

    I’ve missed a few stitches, but will try to get back on track. Here are my Turkman samples – http://hokkaidokudasai.blogspot.jp/2013/10/tast-86-turkman-stitch.html

    Thanks!

  6. Angela says:

    I have a busy day ahead so I had to jump on doing the stitch early today. Here is my attempt.
    http://princessbubblescreates.blogspot.ca/2013/10/take-stitch-tuesday-turkman-stitch.html

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