Today we are looking at Closed Fly Stitch, the perfect stitch for simple leaves.
I have used this stitch so many times, and most recently on the Velveteen Cushion, that I had forgotten to add it to Sunday Stitch School. Well, let's rectify that today!
Work the Closed Fly Stitch just as you would the original Fly Stitch - simply stack the stitches neatly together.
To make a leaf, draw the outlines and start with a Straight Stitch.
Anchor with a longer straight stitch.
Or make a wonky Fly Stitch with one of the arms longer than the other.
You can find instructions in several books, like: The Essential Guide to Embroidery and The Embroidery Stitch Bible.Shami at My Craft Works has a beautiful design where she used this stitch for both flowers and leaves.
Mary Corbet over at Needle 'n Thread has a beautiful tutorial, too.
Add here to these samplers.