Fly Stitch

Also known as: Y stitch, Open loop stitch

This is a very easy type of stitch to do and looks interesting. As the name suggests, it looks like a ‘Y’. Horizontal or vertical rows of fly stitch can be done to create various effects. It can be topped with more decorations with contrasting threads too.

Fig 1: Bring the needle out from A and put it in through B. Then, bring it out through C, which lies between and below A and B. Pull the needle out from over the working thread, as shown in the picture. this creates a ‘V’ shape. Fig 2: Now, to create the ‘Y’ shape, you need to make a tail. So, put in the needle a little space right below C.
Fig 3: When you are finished, the stand alone fly stitch would look like this.
Version 1: Vertical Row
I have made a vertical line which will act as the stitch line for this illustration. To make a vertical row of fly stitch, consider making the tails of each fly stitch on the stitch line. The only thing to keep in mind is to keep the tails connected. It is easy to lose the ‘V’ shape in a bid to connect the tails…so try to keep checking the shape once a while. 🙂 You can also do a vertical line of fly stitch without connecting the tails…that is left up to your imagination.
Fig 4: Make a fly stitch. Continue for the second fly stitch in such a way that when you bring out the needle for the tail, it is brought out from the end tip of the previous tail. See illustration. Fig 5: A vertical row will look like this…sort of like a fern.
Version 2: Horizontal Row
Here, you connect the top ends of the fly stitch to get a horizontal row. Of course, you can do it without connecting too.
Fig 6: Make a fly stitch. Continue for the second fly stitch in such a way that the top end is connected as illustrated and the tails will all fall neatly in a line. Fig 7: A finished horizontal row of fly stitch would appear like this. You can always decorate over it using contrasting threads.
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44 Responses

  1. Lakshika Opera Mini Unknow Os says:

    Dear Sara,I’ve never seen such a neat,clear instructions for embroidery all in one place.This is a great work & it’s really helpful..thank u so much.. 🙂

  2. Anu radha India Google Chrome  Lenovo A6000 Build/LRX22G) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/58.0.3029.83 Mobile Safari/537.36 says:

    Dear Sarah, I have used herringbone stitch and fly stitch here. Thank you for the tutorial.

  3. Liz United States Google Chrome Windows says:

    Easy to understand. Thank you!

  4. Kirsten United States Google Chrome Windows says:

    I love your tutorials! I would love to feature this particular one on my blog as part of a series I do gathering the best tutorials for embroidery stitches. Would you mind? I would include a link to your site:) Let me know what you think! Thanks!

  5. Ishita Joshua India Google Chrome  Lenovo A7000-a Build/MRA58K) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/50.0.2661.89 Mobile Safari/537.36 says:

    Thank u so much Sarah as I needed to learn this stitch so thank you😉

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