Fern, feather and fly stitches produce light, airy lines that can be used in bands and borders, to outline objects, or as an element of a design. Many of the stitches can be used to imitate natural textures, such as fronds, seaweed or pine needles.
There are many variations or fern, feather, and fly stitches, and many can be classified under more than one category. For example, the wheatear stitch is worked similarly to the fly stitch or fern stitch, but also features a looped stitch.
Single versions of fern, feather and fly stitches can also be used alone. Good examples of these are the individual fly stitch, the wheatear stitch, and the tulip stitch, which are all members of this family of stitches. Use them as scattered fillings, or space them carefully for an engineered filling.
For other types of embroidery stitches and stitch variations, visit the Embroidery Stitches page. If you’d like to try one of these stitches on a free pattern, visit out Free Patterns and Projects page and select your favorite technique. Then, download the pdf pattern and start your stitching!