If you can stitch basketweave, you can stitch Cut Turkey Work. Sally at Rainbow Gallery taught me this trick--she was taught by Susan Portra.
Use a long length of thread--Glisten by Rainbow Gallery makes a wonderful cut turkey work thread. Go down from the front of the canvas, leaving a tail. Stitch basketweave, leaving loops on the front for the canvas.
Hold the loops out of the way as you stitch. When you have stitched the area, cut the loops and trim carefully.
Never fear Turkey Work again!