I have a simpler stitch this week but no less interesting. Some people classify Turkman stitch as a form of double chain 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
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.
Keeping the thread under the needle point pull the thread through the fabric to make the first stitch.
Next, 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.
Insert 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.
Work these movements alternatively down the row but notice that as the row is worked each stitch catches the previous stitch.
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