Fly Stitch

Schematic drawing of the fly stitch. Schematic drawing of the fly stitch. Drawing by Martin Hense.

The fly stitch is an embroidery technique with a characteristic V-shape, which can be worked singularly (detached) or in rows. 

Each stitch is worked in a V-shape, with the needle/thread emerging at the top left arm of the V and then being inserted at the top of the right arm.The needle/thread then emerges at the base of the V and is pulled through the cloth over the working thread. The loop formed is tied down with a small stitch worked just below the point of the V. This tying (‘tacking’) stitch may vary in length to produce different effects.

Also known as the Y stitch or the open loop stitch. 

Source: THOMAS, Mary (1934). Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches, London: Hodder and Stoughton, p. 101.


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