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.

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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.
     
fly_stitch_3   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 to make 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 upto your imagination.
 
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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.
 
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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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