7 days of stitches: fly stitch

fly stitch - 7 days of stitches

It’s already day 5 – time is flying by…. which leads me to the next stitch: the FLY STITCH. This embroidery stitch can be used as a detached stitch for scales, flying birds in the distance and other things with a half circle/oval shape. The connected version is great for twigs or flower stems with tiny leaves. I like to use it for branches of fir in Christmas embroideries.

How to embroider the fly stitch

fly stitch - 7 days of stitches

1// Imagine a triangle pointing downwards. Stick the needle in at the upper right corner, then pull it out at the bottom point. Make sure the thread is under the needle tip before you pull the needle through.

 

fly stitch - 7 days of stitches

2// Fixate the loop by sticking the needle a little bit further down from where the thread exits the fabric. If you want to make a stand alone fly stitch, you are finished now. If you want to do the connected version, go ahead with the next step.

 

fly stitch - 7 days of stitches

3// Repeat step 1 making the fixating stitch of the previous step the bottom point of the triangle. When you want to achieve a more open fly stitch increase the length of the fixating stitch to make room between each fly stitch.

 

fly stitch - 7 days of stitches

4// To finish, fixate the loop by sticking the needle a little bit further down from where the thread exits the fabric.

 

fly stitch - 7 days of stitches

 


Artwork showcasing this embroidery stitch

Namaste Embroidery – Let that shit go Pattern & custom hoop

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let that shit go embroidery pattern by Namaste Embroidery


YesStitchYes – Scattered bouquet embroidery

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flower embroidery by YesStitchYes


ThreadFolk – Be Kind embroidery pattern

Etsy Instagram

be kind hand embroidery by ThreadFolk


 

Wait, there is more! Here are some great examples of embroidery featuring the FLY STITCH curated in a Pinterest board:

fly stitch pinterest board


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