It’s time to talk turkey, specifically about Turkey Talk!
So, there’s this idea I’ve had for a long, long time. It didn’t really start to take shape until after I learned to embroider for The Project of Doom. Before that time, the design was never quite right.
And then, inspiration!
My turkey was too quiet.
It was simple. He just needed a few words.
Words are a miraculous thing. Once added, I couldn’t wait to get this wall hanging made to share with you!
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Gobble Gobble? That’s what he said!
Quilting close-up. Done on my Babylock Quest
Why does this turkey make me so darn happy? I couldn’t say, but he really, really does!
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The date I wrote on the original copy of the pattern for this cute turkey is November 1999. The creation of the turkey came right on the heels of the Jack-O-Lantern Finger Puppet. I still think this little guy is too cute to be allowed. His appearance can vary based on what color of yarn you choose for his feathers and body.
I made the one in the photo in a little under 10 minutes. Make one or a lot and share with your friends!
Makes a Fridgie, Pin, Finger Puppet or Pencil Topper
This is a very versatile pattern for a Thanksgiving Turkey. It works up very quickly and is cute, cute, cute!
- worsted weight yarn – small amounts of tan, red, yellow, orange, dark orange (or seasonal colors of your choice)
- H hook
- pin back or magnet (optional)
- 2 small google eyes
Body – with tan, ch 4, 11 dc in 3rd ch from hook. Join with sl st. Finish Off
Back Feathers – with rust and orange together, join with sl st to back loop only of any dc, (ch 6, sl st in same st, sl st to next dc) rep until six feathers are made. On last feather, do not sl st to next dc. Finish off, 6 back feathers
Front Feathers – with orange, sl st in front loop opposite back feathers, (ch 4, sl st in same st, sl st to next front loop) repeat to last feather, do not sl st in next loop. 6 front feathers made. Finish off.
Head – with tan, ch 2, 6 sc in second ch from hook, sl st in first sc. Leave several inches of yarn for sewing to body.
Wattle – join red to head with a sl st in back loop of any sc, ch 4, sl st in same loop, finish off.
Beak – using yarn needle, sew yellow directly above wattle in a “T” shape, leaving top half of head free for eyes. Finish off.
Assembly – placing head on top center of body, sew using yarn left on head. Finish off. Using low melt glue or Tacky Glue, attach 2 small google eyes.
For Fridgie or Pin – glue magnet or pin on the back after eyes have dried.
For Finger Puppet or pencil topper – crochet another body and attach to back of completed turkey by stitching around. Leave four dc open at the bottom for finger or pencil. Finish off.
This is part of my “Way Back Craft” series; patterns, crafts, tutorials and general crafty memories before the days of the blog.