Today we are going to learn a stitch I love – the fly stitch and its big sister – the feather. I think this stitch in particular can look really dainty and I have used it a lot on things like Christening gowns and smocked dresses. It is also very useful for arty pictorial type works. – great for seaweed and the like.
So, are you ready with hoop and fabric in hand…?
three points in a triangle – bring your needle up at A
down at B
and back up at C with the thread under the needle
You can take the needle down right over the top of your thread now close to point C
Or you can take it down directly below to make a stem – as long as you’d like it to be
You can link several stitches with a short stem in between
If you want them to be perfect you can rule lines using your erasable pen
Fly stitch variations could include whipped fly stitch – use a contrasting thread to whip that central stem. This stitch is sometimes called the ‘y’ stitch, open loop or open chain stitch.
Now to her big sister – the Feather stitch. This is just repeated fly stitches but they are stitched side to side and continuously.
-make your first fly stitch as before
Variations can include a double or triple (or even more) feather – that just means you stitch two or three times to the right before heading back to the left again. Other variations include the closed feather, single feather, maidenhair feather – but we’ll just stick with this for now..:) don't want to confuse you with too many choices.
You can embellish or vary your feather and fly stitches with french knots, lazy daisy stitches, whipping or a double (one on top of the other using two coloured threads) to name just a few.
Have a look at many ideas on my pinboard here.
Some examples from my studio I could find
This is our practise page for today
I have used fly stitch in the leaves – feather stitch with french knots on the outer circle
Hope you enjoy these stitches and play with their many uses
hugs and happy stitching today