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Stitch Fun – Fly Stitch


Stitch this Fabulous Sampler

stitch sampler for hand embroidery

If you want to stitch this wonderful sampler and learn over 30 Hand Embroidery stitches then head over to this page for all the information.

Fly Stitch

Fly stitch is a surface stitch that you can work in a row (continuous fly) or singly (detached fly). It is nice and simple and makes a great decorative border stitch.

If you have purchased the Pre Printed Fabric Panel or have tranferred the Template to your fabric – scroll down to the ‘Start Stitching’ section to get started straight away.

Where to stitch on the sampler…

Draw a vertical line on the top right half of the circle about o.5cm from the whipped back stitch…

Start Stitching…

Lets start with continous fly stitch – Using 2 strands of thread, take a vertical straight stitch on the top of the line about 0.5cm in length…

Now bring your thread up at 1 – to the left and a bit away from the top of the vertical stitch and back down at 2 – to the right and a bit away from the top of the vertical stitch… this leaves a loop of thread on the surface…

Now bring the needle up at 3 – on the bottom of the vertical stitch – as you pull the thread through – make sure you catch the loop of thread and pull through to create a ‘v’ shape. Take the needle down at 4 to secure the loop and start the next fly stitch.

Repeat the process to continue stitching fly stitch down the line… (when you bring the thread up on the left and down on the right – bring it up in line with the top of the vertical stitch).

This stitch looks so nice when complete!

Add a few french knots to the sampler just because you can!..

Before we do the detached fly stitch you will notice there are a few additional french knots under the fishbone leaf – draw a curved line and then add some french knots along it’s length just like so…

Start Stitching…

Using 2 strands of thread, I wrapped the thread around the needle different amounts of times to make different sized knots.

If you need a refresh on French Knots, see the tutorial here.

Now for the Detached Fly Stitch…

To create a single fly stitch you don’t need to start with the vertical straight stitch. Instead you just create the loop as you did previously and when you secure the loop – go back in at the same spot you come out at – you just create a single ‘V’ shape.

I added a few detached fly stitch to the sampler underneath the french knots in a small curved line like so… (If you need to – mark on the sampler where the stitches will be to help with placement.)

And that’s all there is too this one. Nice and simple but adds a really nice addition.

Show us your sampler so far… #stitchdoodlesdesign on Instagram, post in the Happy stitching FB Group, or email your pics and I’ll add them here.

Happy Stitching!

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