Crossed Fly Stitch Filling embroidery

Crossed Fly Stitch Filling

The Crossed Fly Stitch filling embroidery technique is one way to use Fly Stitches for filling. The rows of short-tailed Fly Stitches are positioned one above the other to form a net-like pattern that resembles Trellis Stitch in a single color.

Other names of the stitch

The stitch is often also called Fly Stitch filling.

Crossed Fly Stitch Filling
Crossed Fly Stitch Filling embroidery with two strands of embroidery floss
Crossed Fly Stitch Filling - rear side
Rear side of Crossed Fly Stitch Filling

Applications of the Crossed Fly Stitch filling

This surface embroidery stitch is an excellent option for filling vast areas. It is simple and relatively fast to make. The decorative surface that resembles diamonds is a gorgeous option for background patterns.

You can also combine this filler stitch with other decorative stitches to form more elaborate patterns—place a French knot or a Lazy Daisy flower in the center of each diamond, and you will have a rich decorative surface design.

More stitches from the Fly Stitch family

  • Anklet Stitch
  • Closed Fly Stitch
  • Whipped Fly Stitch

Learn how to embroider Crossed Fly Stitch filling

Follow the step-by-step tutorial with detailed photos below, and you will quickly learn the Crossed Fly Stitch filling technique. If you are a visual learner, watch a video lesson in the tutorial or on the Practical Embroidery YouTube channel to learn how to do this hand embroidery stitch.

Crossed Fly Stitch filling small image

How to embroider Crossed Fly Stitch filling

Step-by-step hand embroidery tutorial


1. Mark the grid for the filling. Mine is 1×1 cm.

2. Make one Fly Stitch in the top left corner of the shape.

Make one Fly Stitch

3. Fill the first row with Fly Stitches of the same size that touch each other at the top.

Fill the first row with Fly Stitches

4. Start working the line below the first one. Make a Fly Stitch that is mirrored to the stitch from the previous row. The anchor stitch of this Fly Stitch overlaps with the stitch from the top line.

Make a Fly Stitch that is mirrored

5. Repeat mirrored stitches to fill the second row.

6. The third row is the same as the first one. The top points of the “V” of the Fly stitch are made in the same hole as the points of the previous mirrored row.

The third row of Crossed fly stitch

7. The fourth line is the same as the second one.

8. Repeat filling the rows in this manner until all the figure is filled.

Repeat filling the rows in this manner until all the figure is filled

Video tutorial

Tools and materials I used for this sampler

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Embroidery fabric cotton linen neutral colors Etsy
Embroidery fabric
DMC Embroidery Floss Etsy
DMC Embroidery Floss
Beechwood embroidery hoops Etsy
Embroidery hoop
Bohin Embroidery Needles Etsy
Bohin Embroidery Needles
Embroidery Scissors Etsy
Embroidery Scissors

What’s next?

If you’re in the mood to explore more hand embroidery stitches, check out the Stitches and Techniques page for the list of other fantastic stitches available on my blog. From timeless classics to modern twists, a whole world of stitches is waiting for you to explore and master. So, grab your hoop and needle, and let’s stitch our way to creative bliss!

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