Sunday, April 29, 2007

Stitching fly stitch

Fly stitch is an easy embroidery stitch to master. It's also known as Y stitch and open loop stitch.This stitch can be worked quickly. I use it regularly when embroidering plants and bushes.It works well to enclose a flower bud or as branches of foliage. Extended fly stitch is where you lengthen or extend the base of the stitch to form an elongated Y. This is the stitch I use most often for working a rose or daisy bush. The stitch can be varied in length and overlapped to produce great results quickly and easily. For a sample of how this stitch can be used in an embroidered project click here.

Fly stitch can also be stitched in a horizontal or vertical row. The stitches can touch or be spaced regularly apart. Fly stitch is best worked in a taut embroidery hoop.

Bring the needle through at the top left and insert it diagonally back into the fabric from the right. The needle tip should point downwards.Pull the needle through over the thread to form a v shape. Work a straight stitch to hold the loop in place. A short straight stitch represents a Fly stitch and a longer straight stitch represents an extended Fly stitch.
Fly stitch is a wonderful stitch to have in your embroidery repertoire.
Happy stitching.
Warmly Lenna

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