As the name implies, the Lazy Daisy Stitch is an easy and fun way to embroider simple flower petals, leaves and raindrops. It is a traditional stitch in flower embroidery. If you scatter the stitch, the Lazy Daisy (also called Detached Chain Stitch or Single Chain Stitch) makes a playful fill. If you already know the Chain Stitch, this will look very familiar!
This stitch is perfect for beginners, and isn’t just for flower petals! The elongated loop stitch can mimic a leaf and other motifs in more complicated embroidery designs. It’s a super-fast and easy stitch, just looping your thread around your needle.
The daisy stitch is part of the looped embroidery family. It is a series of single or detached chain stitches around a center point. Vary the thread and stitch length to make flowers of different shapes and sizes. One strand of embroidery floss makes a very delicate flower; silk ribbon embroidery to creates a statement with your stitching! They can all join in the center or leave a center circle to fill with other stitches like a satin stitch or French knots.
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The lazy daisy stitch is common in smocking as a decorative element.
Here is a quick video showing you how to stitch the lazy daisy stitch.
What are the steps for the lazy daisy stitch?
This is really an easy embroidery stitch. Bring your needle up to the front of your fabric, loop the fabric around your needle tip and then place the needle back in your fabric where you’d like the loop to end. To make it a daisy, you make these stitches in a round forming a flower.
What type of stitch is the lazy daisy stitch?
This stitch belongs to the loop stitch family of stitches because you loop your thread around the tip of your needle.
How many strands of floss do you use for a daisy stitch?
It depends. What do you want your flower to look like? For a delicate look, use one or two strands of floss and make 8-10 loops for your flower. For a bold flower look, use all six strands and make 5 large loops. I use both 6-strand embroidery floss, as well as Perle cottons (in all sizes) to make flowers.
What is the daisy stitch used for?
Just about any embellishment to clothes, linens or even for embroidery art! Most of all, have fun!
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