Fly Stitch

Here is a tutorial for a really easy stitch to learn fly stitch. Fly stitch is also known as Open Loop Stitch, it can be used scattered randomly on plain or evenweave fabrics, in horizontal or vertical lines or as a filling stitch. It also makes great foliage effects and birds in the sky! Fly stitch can be made with a short or a long tail hence the reason for it also being called Y Stitch.

To work Fly stitch you can work in any direction. Bring your needle up at 1 and then down at 2 leaving a loop of thread. Next bring your needle up at 3 inside your loop of thread and then down at 4 creating a small stitch to hold the loop in place. Repeat as required. If working in a line (see photograph 4) bring your needle up at 2 again to start the next stitch. If you wish to have a longer tail make the distance from 3 to 4 longer. You can also create a lattice filling by positioning the stitches as in the last photograph. 


  1. I don't comment much here. But I want to take a moment to thank you. I have been reintroduced to embroidery in prep of crazy quilt. Your posts are, for me, the easiest to follow when practicing stitches.

  2. Adorei esse ponto!
    Thanks for share your art!
    hugs from Brasil


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