The fly stitch is a basic embroidery stitch that, when worked horizontally along a line, creates a scalloped line of stitches. You can also work the fly stitch vertically, and you can even work it as an isolated stitch, to use as leaves, foliage, scattered filling, and so forth. So it’s a versatile stitch, and an easy one!
In the photo above, the fly stitch is worked in bright blue (stranded embroidery floss), and the two rows of fly stitch are arranged so that they mirror each other. You can see that this can create the foundation for a nice border or for a seam treatment in crazy quilting. You can further embellish the line with French knots or daisy stitches, or other combinations of stitches.
You can also play around with the way you mirror the lines of fly stitch, by mirroring at the anchor stitches, or by alternating the mirroring from line to line, to create a diamond filling pattern.
So there’s lots you can do with the fly stitch – it’s worth learning!
Here’s the video:
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