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 rug like edgings.

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

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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.
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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.
turkey_rug_knot_5   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.