Lazy Daisy Embroidery Stitch
The lazy daisy stitch, also known as the detached chain stitch, is a really beautiful stitch and one of my personal favorites. This stitch requires a bit more technique than most stitches, but is still fun to make. The nice thing about this stitch is that you can create a wide number of things with it.
The idea behind this stitch, which is essentially tying down a loose piece of floss, is one you'll be using a lot in embroidery. This stitch is related to a number of other stitches and you'll see later that you'll be either using this stitch quite a bit (or something very similar.) The reason I like this stitch so much is because I can create quick, but pretty daisies with it. Perhaps this is how this stitch got its name.
Your First Lazy Daisy Stitch
To create a lazy daisy, you will need to know how to make a running stitch.
- Start out by making a very small running stitch (figure 1), but don't pull your thread so that it's taut as you would do with most stitches. Instead, leave a small loop (figure 2.) This will later be the "petal" in your lazy daisy stitch.
- With your fingers, flatten out your loop into the desired shape.
- Tie down the petal by pulling the needle through, making sure not to pull on the loop on the inside of your loop (figure 3.) Then, push your needle down on the outside of the petal (figure 4.)
- Congratulations, you've created your first lazy daisy stitch! To continue making more lazy daisy stitches (to make a flower design), pull your needle out near where your first running stitch (figure 5) was made (this will be your flower's center) before making another loop.
Tips for Making Fabulous Stitches
While making this stitch, it's important to avoid pulling on the loop while tying it down. This is the main challenge of lazy daisy stitches. Once you've got this technique down pat, you will ace the entire stitch.
Another thing to keep in mind is the size of the loops. A group of lazy daisy stitches looks best if all the loops have a similar size and shape. It's a good idea to compare your latest stitch with nearby stitches before tying it down.
Practice makes perfect in embroidery. You'll ace this stitch in no time if you play around with it. Make tons of lazy daisy stitches. If you go around the "center" with your stitches, you'll create an flower (as pictured). You can try different colors and alternating petal sizes to mix things up. You can also "stack" this stitch for a marigold-style flower.
If you want to add a stem to your flower (as pictured above) add some stem stitches. This flower design is cute and looks really impressive (it's one of my favorite embroidered flower designs), even though it's fairly easy to make.
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