Doesn't this little red stitch make a nice strawberry seed?
This is the fly stitch! I had posted a picture of my strawberry tea towel both here on the blog and on my Flickr stream. I described how I had "made up" a stitch to use for the strawberry seeds. Yesterday, I got a sweet note from My1stBambina telling me that she thought the stitch looked like the fly stitch. I looked the stitch up in 100 Stitches and she was right! So I decided to make the fly stitch the latest stitch on the 100 Stitches list. Thank you My1stBambina! For the how-to pictures, I am using six strands of dmc #907 floss and a #24 chenille needle. I am stitching on 100% cotton quilting weight fabric.
According to 100 Stitches, this stitch may be worked singly or in horizontal or vertical rows. I am just demonstrating single stitches. First, come up through your fabric for the top left of the stitch
Now take your needle back down through the fabric a little to the right of where your needle first emerged:
Pull the floss partially through
Now bring your needle up through the fabric below and in the center, making sure the floss is under the needle:
Pull all the way through light and loose, not tight - this will form the stitch.
Now put your needle back down through the fabric directly under the stitch to anchor it in place.
Now you are free to move to another area and make another fly stitch!