Lazy Daisy

Also known as: Detached chain stitch

This is often used to give petal designs and small floral patterns. It consists of a single loop of chain than the continuous pattern. Lazy daisy is one of the extremely easy stitches. This stitch need not be limited to just petals and leaves but can be used for more complicated designs too.

To assist our lessons, I will be making a floral motif. For that, I have made a focal point by marking a small ring as my stitch line. My stitches will begin at the edge of this ring. Note that I have used a multicolored thread and not threads of various colors to demonstrate this stitch.

Fig 1: Bring the thread out through A.
Put in the needle near A and bring it out through point B, but don’t pull the needle out completely.
Now, loop the thread around the needle, like we would in chain stitch.
Fig 2: Pull out the needle out to tighten the loop.
Put in the needle just outside the chain created and that will finish the lazy daisy stitch.
Fig 3: This stand alone stitch can be used freely to be a part of any design. Since I have decided to make a flower, I will proceed with making multiple lazy daisies around the marked stitch line. Fig 4: The completed flower made of multiple lazy daisies.
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  1. Beulah9 United States Google Chrome  SAMSUNG-SM-G900A) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/71.0.3578.99 Mobile Safari/537.36 says:

    My lazy daisies used to demand perfectly spaced identical detached chain stitches. Now they are more haphazard, odd angled, some missing petals. Garden flowers can be inspiring.

    • sarah United States Google Chrome  Redmi 5 Plus) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/72.0.3626.76 Mobile Safari/537.36 says:

      Hey Beulah, there is beauty in haphazard stitches too! What you have shared is really beautiful, especially the one done on denim. Thank you for sharing and inspiring. πŸ™‚

  2. Maya Indonesia Safari iPhone says:

    Hi sarah! I totally love your hand embroidery!! I am truing t do my own right now, but I haven’t try to use lazy daisy stitch. This is my first embroidery that I make using backstitch, Next time I will try to use chain.

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  4. Zoha saleem Pakistan Google Chrome Windows says:

    hello, Sarah, i am urba’s sister, zoha. My mama is always learning your hand embroidery. now she so good and able to do her own hand embroidery and she also does embroidery in our clothes. now our all clothes are filled with my mama’s hand embroidery. HAHAHAHAHA!

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