FLY STITCH :7 variations of this embroidery stitch

A fly stitch is a stitch which looks like the alphabets U or V secured with a small straight stitch.

fly stitch

It is similar to a detached feather stitch and is very versatile. You can use it in a number of ways in your embroidery project; as grass stalks on a ground or as flying birds , as a cradle for small flowers, as border designs. This stitch does enhance your work in many ways

fly stitch

The simple fly stitch

Fly stitch is made by forming a  horizontal loop and then pulling the loop and holding it down with the help of  a small straight stitch.The thread is looped under the needle as can be seen in the picture below.

With small changes, you can make many variations of the fly stitch.

Fly stitch variations

1 Continous fly stitch

FLY STITCH variations

This is fly stitch made in a continuous line. After making the first fly stitch you make another one immediately in a straight line.Follow the alphabetical order in the picture below to make continuous fly stitches

contnuous fly stitch

2 Closed fly stitch

fly stitch

This is a closely made continuous fly stitch used  as a filling stitch. 

Usually they are used as filling for leaf shapes because of the vertical stitch in the middle of the fly stitch; when done continuously it look as if it is the vein of the leaf.

You can make it slightly loose or as close as satin stitches.
Make very narrow fly stitches at the top, then progressively become wider and then when you reach the middle narrow down stitches till the bottom of the leaf shape.

3 Extended fly stitch / Y stitch

extended fly stitch

This is a regular fly stitch with an extended straight stitch fastening the loop and it looks like the alphabet Y. 

4 Plaited fly stitch

fly stitches

Here the regular or extended fly stitches are made within each other. The second stitch starts inside the previous one.

5 Filling fly stitch


This is a continuous line of fly stitches made horizontally combined with upside down fly stitches forming cross shapes. When done in a continuous fashion this makes a very nice filling stitch or a  beautiful border design

6 Twisted fly stitch

fly stitch variation

This fly stitch is made so that the loop of the stitch is twisted in the middle where the straight stitch is made. It looks like a small cursive letter r.

It is made in the following method as in the picture. Here you do not make the straight stitch as in the regular fly stitch, you should loop the needle and then make the straight stitch. 

fly stitch types

7 Whipped fly stitch

fly stitches

In this variation of the fly stitch, you should interlace another thread through the straight stitches in the middle of the fly stitch. This is done for every stitch in the continuous fly stitch chain and you have a whipped fly stitch.

fly stitch


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