Double lazy daisy stitch
The Double Lazy Daisy Stitch, a variant of the classic Lazy Daisy or Detached Chain Stitch, has roots in traditional embroidery dating back centuries and was used to mimic the delicate petals of the daisy flower. It is one of the decorative stitches from the Chain Stitch family. This stitch can be made from double or triple rings of Detached Chain stitches.
This elegant hand embroidery stitch is a timeless classic in the embroidery world. Its simplicity belies its potential for creating intricate, beautiful designs with simple hand stitching. As you practice, this stitch will become a go-to in your embroidery toolkit, perfect for enhancing any textile craft project with a touch of handcrafted elegance.
Other names of the stitch
This stitch is known by several names – the Layered Lazy Daisy, Double Detached Chain Stitch, or simply, the Layered Daisy Stitch. Regardless of the name, its charm and application remain consistent across embroidery cultures.
Applications of the Double Lazy Daisy Stitch
This hand embroidery stitch is versatile. It’s not just for creating floral motifs in artistic embroidery; you can use it for leaves, borders, or even abstract embroidery designs. It’s stunning in folk and traditional embroidery, where its floral motif can shine.
- Use two different colors to embroider this floral stitch. The petals will seem more voluminous.
- Play around with thread thickness – use various numbers of strands for the layers of petals.
- Try different loop sizes to make your daisies, and see what gorgeous designs you can create with one simple stitch.
Learn how to embroider the Double Lazy Daisy stitch
Follow the step-by-step stitching tutorial with detailed photos below, and you will learn three embroidery techniques to make this decorative stitch in no time. If you are a visual learner, watch a video lesson in the tutorial or Practical Embroidery YouTube channel to learn this botanical hand embroidery stitch faster.
- Piece of fabric. Opt for linen or cotton blends
- Embroidery floss. Choose the floss of contrasting colors
- Embroidery needle
- Scissors or snips
- Bring your needle up through the fabric at the center of your flower. Make a stitch close to the first, creating a loop with your thread. Hold this loop in place as you bring your needle back up inside the loop at the top point of the petal.
- Securing the Loop. Make a tiny anchor stitch over the loop's edge to hold it in place.
- For the second layer, repeat the process, creating a slightly larger loop around the first one to give a layered effect.
- Secure the second loop with another anchor stitch.
- Embroider one basic Lazy Daisy flower.
- Now, add a second layer of petals. Take the needle with the thread of another color in the center of the flower and make a Reverse Chain stitch, using the anchoring stitch of the first petal as an anchoring stitch for the second one.
- Duplicate all the petals with a thread of another color.
- Embroider a basic Lazy Daisy flower.
- Embroider one more flower petal right on top of the first one. Use different thread colors to create layers.
- Repeat this duplication on all the petals.
- Use two different colors to embroider the Double Lazy Daisy stitch. The petals will seem more voluminous.
- Play around with thread thickness - use various numbers of strands for the layers of petals.
- Try different loop sizes to make your Double Lazy Daisy, and see what gorgeous designs you can create with one simple stitch.
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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