Turkey Rug Knot

Also known as: Ghiordes knot

This is a very interesting stitch which can be used in many ways to create different effects, like make ‘hairy’ fillings or a rug like edgings.

I would work over a straight stitch line. You can also try the edge of a fabric to create this stitch.

Fig 1: To begin, do not knot the thread ending as we would normally. Like in the illustration, put the needle in through A. Leave a length of thread. Now, bring out the needle through B, in through C and again out through A. The point A lies in the middle of B-C. Fig 2: Now, take the needle in through D and out through C. The point C lies in the middle of A-D. Make sure you do not pull the thread looping between A-D is pulled through completely, but left as a loop.
Fig 3: Now, continue this process, each time leaving a loop of thread. Try to keep all the loops of the same length. Fig 4: A finished row of this stitch would look like this. This adds nice finishing touch when the loops fall free out of the edgings.
Fig 5: You can bring out a different effect by cutting these loops in the middle leaving the threads to hang open. The closer the stitches, the denser it will look.
You can also do fillings by doing rows of closely stiched turkey rug knots to cover the inside of the pattern. Later, cut the loops and trim it to desired length. This gives a ‘velvety or hairy effect to the pattern fillings.
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  1. Emma Frith United States Google Chrome Windows says:

    Hi! I am teaching a tutorial tomorrow, and my kit has a little bit of turkey rug stitch. I was just sitting down to write instructions for it when I found your lovely simple tutorial. Other people manage to make a real mess of explaining turkey rug stitch, and you have done it clearly and easily. I think I will just direct my students to your page rather than reinvent the wheel! thank you x

  2. Kristyne Reed United States Internet Explorer Windows says:

    Hello Sarah,
    I wish to use the turkey rug knot to embroider furry kittens onto my daughter’s jeans. When the loop is cut, what can be done to prevent the threads from pulling out during washing?
    Thank you for the wonderful instructions on your website!!

  3. shabra Sri Lanka Safari  Android 4.1.2 GT-I9100 Build/JZO54K says:

    I have no words to thank you sarah…
    I was not a big liker on stitches…. once I came acroos ur site,I just got stuck to it…. thank you so much…

    everyone out here get a lot of benefit out of u…. their happiness will make ur family blessed ….

  4. Maria Tenorio El Salvador Safari iPad says:

    Yesterday I learned and used the turkey rug knot for my newest mixed media doll. Thanks for your great tutorial!
    (I’m writing from El Salvador in Central America, but my flag is not displayin properly)

  5. Harmonie United States Safari Mac OS says:

    I just recently started embroidery. I have completed a few projects using a handful of basic stitches my grandmother taught me when I was young.

    After searching many sites for stitch guides and tutorials I stumbled across your page. I’m so happy I did. Your tutorials are by far the most informative and your step by step photos are great. Thank you so much for sharing this information and your work is beautiful.

    I believe my next project will be a series of samplers using your stitch families as a guide. Now I just need to sketch out my idea and start stitching.

  6. Cheryl Kaasinen Finland Mozilla Firefox Windows says:


    I can’t thank you enough for your website. It is the site I’ve been looking for. So many beautiful stitches so beautifully and thoughtfully photographed and easy to understand. This is a very valuable resource for me.

    Please don’t think me greedy and ungrateful if I ask you for help in understanding the steps to embroidery using a tambour hook. I’m interested in doing it as it’s done in the east. Right side up. Not from underneath, I want to work with the needle on top and thread and or beads and sequins on the surface of the piece not with the beads and stitching being attached from under the work.

    Do you have instructions for this or can you direct me to a tutorial?

    Thank-you again,

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