Stitch Anatomy – Detached Chain vs. Lazy Daisy

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A few weeks ago a friend asked me about the difference between two common embroidery stitches – the detached chain stitch and the lazy daisy stitch.

The lazy daisy isn’t a stitch per se…

…instead, it is the name for a group of detached chain stitches worked in the shape of a flower (hence its name).

The detached chain itself refers to a single loop of thread similar to a standard chain stitch – except it isn’t attached to other chains, but instead is detached.

The thread loop is held in place with a tacking stitch, making one single stitch.

To make a detached chain stitch, insert your needle into the fabric at the base of the stitch, and bring the point of the needle out of the fabric a short distance away, where the end of the loop will be placed.

Wrap the thread around the needle (wrap to the left if you are left-handed, or to the right if you are right-handed), and pull the needle through the fabric.

Insert the tip of the needle on the other side of the resulting loop to make the tacking stitch that holds the loop in place.

When pulling the needle through the fabric, do not pull the thread too tightly, or you will collapse the loop.

To work the lazy daisy, work a group of detached chain stitches around a central axis.

You can mark placement lines on the fabric using a water soluble embroidery marking pen, so that the petals are evenly-spaced, or work the flowers free-style.

Your flower can contain as many petals as you would like. In this example, my flower has 7 petals and is worked in color 4210 of DMC Color Variations Embroidery Floss, worked on 28-count CharlesCraft Carolina Linen.

Add matching leaves by working a single detached chain or pair of detached chain stitches. I used DMC Color Variations Embroidery Floss in color 4050.

The detached chain and lazy daisy stitches are both easy to work and can be used on virtually any fabric.

You can see a diagram for the lazy daisy or learn to work other embroidery stitches in my studio!



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  • Abigail
    August 23rd, 2011 10:00 am

    I always wondered about the difference. This article was really helpful.

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