Thread-u-cation Thursday: Fly Stitch

flystitch1Welcome to Thread-u-cation Thursday! Our featured embroidery stitch today is the famous Fly Stitch. The Fly Stitch is aptly named. Doesn’t it look like a flock of flying fowl? Use this easy embroidery stitch as a single decorative element, grouped together as a textural filling stitch, or with other stitches to make shapes.

silkflowers22 Here you see the Fly Stitch making sunny yellow flower petals surrounding French Knots. It’s stitched with a Size 8 pearl cotton thread in the Sunflowers colorway on a silk fabric.

flystitch4I like to extend the base of the stitch to make a Y shape for tree branches. This is stitched with a Size 12 pearl cotton thread in the Rainbow Rich colorway.

pinkingstitch6Or use it to trim fabric cut with a pinking blade like the pink shape above. The Fly Stitch follows that pink pinked edge perfectly. Here are directions for making the Fly Stitch. Happy Thread-u-cation Day!