Thursday, February 18, 2010

Thread-u-cation Thursday: Fly Stitch

Thread-u-cation Thursday - Fly Stitch
The Fly Stitch always evokes images of flying birds when I see it on the fabric surface. Maybe that's why its called... the Fly Stitch. I mean, doesn't this look like a flock of flapping fowls? The Fly Stitch is another easy embroidery stitch to use as a single decorative element or, when grouped together, as a textural filling stitch.


Here's how I make my Fly Stitches. Think of the stitch as the letter V. With the thread on top of the quilt at A, insert the needle about 1/4" to the left of A at point B. Angle the needle down about the same distance. Bring the needle up to the surface of the fabric at C so the tip is centered between the points A and B. Trap the thread under the tip of the needle with your left hand and slowly pull the needle and thread through the fabric. Then insert the needle over the loop of thread at C and push it down to the back of the quilt to finish making the V. If you extend the bottom part of the stitch to make a Y shape, it looks like tree branches! Is there no end to the wonder of it all?

8 comments:

Kathy said...

very clever.....looks like tree branches too!

Lisa said...

So pretty! I lucked upon a big bag of pearl cottons at a yard sale last weekend. Now I really need to get stitching!

norma said...

I love the way it looks on your trees. Thanks for another good tutorial.

SaraK said...

Love the tutorial :) I have this little quilt that needs something in the sky and this stitch would work out perfect.

Darlene said...

It's amazing how something so simple adds so much to your quilts. Thanks for these tutorials!

Gayle from MI said...

Thanks so much for posting these ideas. I love them and the way they inspire.

pcoxdesign said...

I am going to have to use this one! Like it a lot and has many possibilities! Thanks again for sharing!

Madalene said...

I just tried the fly stitch out on a small quilt I was just finishing up. I love the stitch. Thanks for giving me more ways to use pearl cotton!