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Working the Fly Stitch

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Working the Fly Stitch
Working the Fly Stitch

Working the Fly Stitch

© Cheryl C. Fall, Licensed to About.com

The fly stitch is a basic surface embroidery stitch that can be worked singly, as a scattered filling, or in rows (as shown in the diagram).

Each fly stitch is composed of two stitches - a horizontal long stitch and a vertical tacking stitch.

To work a single fly stitch, bring the needle up through the fabric and then down a short distance away, leaving a loop on the surface of the fabric.

Bring the needle up through the fabric again, just above the center of the loop you just made. Insert the needle into the fabric on the opposite side of the loop, tacking it in place.

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