The fly stitch is a basic embroidery stitch that can be worked both vertically and horizontally. In this particular video tutorial, I’ll show you how to work the fly stitch vertically, with several variations that you can achieve by changing your spacing or the length of your anchoring stitch.
In the photo above, you can see an example of the fly stitch worked vertically down the line. The anchor stitches are longer than normally seen with the fly stitch, but it’s still the fly stitch, nonetheless! You can see that working the stitch in this way, you can create a very twiggy line that’s suitable for twigs, branches, greenery, and so forth in floral embroidery, as well as for decorative seam treatments in crazy quilting and the like. You can also create decorative borders with the fly stitch worked in this manner.
The fly stitch can also be used as a filling in various shapes. It’s particular useful for filling leaf shapes, because the anchor stitch forms a nice vein down the center of the leaf.
Here’s the video for the fly stitch, worked vertically:
If you’d like to practice more hand embroidery stitches, feel free to visit my collection of embroidery how-to videos here on Needle ‘n Thread!
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