Turkey Work that is. Invariably at some point in your stitching lifetime you are going to compelled or called upon by a teacher to stitch Turkey Work, and will stomp your feet screamimg..."NOOOOOO".
Turkey Work is not as scary as so many people make it out to be. There are several ways to do it but the way we like (The Needle Works) to stitch it is what we call "Fish Eye Turkey Work". Some call it "Jump through the loop Turkey Work".
Work it from the bottom of your area, back and forth. This stitch can be a real thread user upper. To help control how much I use I use a straw to control the size of my loop.This is also helpful if you don't wait to trim your Turkey Work. You will have nice even loops that will make beautiful fur. I I plan on not cutting I like to make my loops a little smaller so I may use a straw with a smaller diamter.
O.K., so now you need to cut it. Once again you start stomping your feet and go running to your instructor begging him or her to cut. Yes I admit the first time I went to cut Turkey Work it was scary but I am going to share a couple of secret weapons (I guess they will no longer be secret).
The key for me to successful Turkey Work trimming is a very sharp scissor and an electric Mustache trimmer. Actually the Mustache trimmer was my Mom's trick. My favorite pait of scissors to cut Turkey Work are from Dahle and have double ground blades for extra precision.
You can call the store to order the scissors and you can get the Mustache trimmer for about $20.00 at a beauty supply store.
Now for a completed piece. Whitney B. got her first piece back from the finisher. She did a magnificent job.
For those of you thinking about taking Back to Basics with Tony in October, we have 2 spots left as of yesterday, so don't hesitate.
Have a great weekend. I am off for a ride.