Sunday, 8 May 2022

Sunday Stitch School - Lesson 210: Closed Fly Stitch

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.

Then get going with the Closed Fly Stitch.

Anchor with a longer straight stitch.

Or make a wonky Fly Stitch with one of the arms longer than the other.

Work the stitch in a curved line.

Endless possibilities!

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.


  1. This stitch works great for leaves. I think it would be a good pine cone too.

  2. What a great way to do this stitch! Love it!

  3. This is a very useful stitch!

  4. Thanks for the tutorial, beautiful leaves and a reminder of a good stitch.

  5. I always use this stitch for leaves. Thanks for linking my blog post here. Making the last stitch with long arms is new idea to me. Thanks for sharing.


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