Fly stitch is a basic surface embroidery stitch and quiet versatile. Also none as ‘Y ’stitch or open loop stitch. You can work this stitch individually as a scattered filling or in rows.
When worked very closely together, they make up a feather. You can also work it with some variations, making it useful for stitching different types of the lines with cleaner and fewer stitches.
Each fly stitch is composed of a horizontal long stitch and a vertical tacking stitch. The fly stitch can either be made in to a tight ”V” or “Y” or left a little loose which makes a scallop.(U)Varying the length of the stem or straight stitch creates a short or long stem. The extended stem is also called as elongated or extended fly stitch.
How to stitch?
1. Bring the needle up through the fabric at A. Determine the width of stitch and accordingly pierce through the point B, leaving a loop on the surface of the fabric.
2. Bring the needle up at the center of the loop. As you do so, pull the working thread until the loop becomes tight forming a V, but, not too tight. At this point you can decide a ‘V’ or ‘U’.
3 .Insert the needle into fabric against the loop and tack it in place. Secure stitch.
At this stage you can decide a long or a short stem.
Closed fly stitch
Similar to fly stitch , can be used for leaves and ferns. This stitch has a open appearance and a centered vein.
To work this stitch, have a central line for guidance.