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Lazy daisy stitch for hand embroidery - detached chain stitch

Lazy daisy stitch

Lazy daisy embroidery stitch, also called detached chain stitch, is a very popular decorative stitch. It is elementary and versatile; therefore, it is widely used in modern hand embroidery. It definitely belongs on the list of the best embroidery stitches.

Use this stitch to depict flowers, petals, raindrops, leaves, or anything with a teardrop shape. Also, use it for filling or outlines, or combine it with other stitches to create beautiful borders.

Also, this simple stitch has many variations.

Other names of the stitch

Lazy daisy stitch is also called detached chain stitch, detached lazy daisy stitch, daisy stitch, loop stitch, picot stitch, tail chain stitch, and tied loop stitch.

Applications of lazy daisy stitch in hand embroidery

In modern hand embroidery, lazy daisy stitch has many applications:

  • If grouped in a round shape, it forms flowers, petals, or snowflakes.
  • Placed in a line, it can be used as an outline stitch.
  • Detached chain stitches made in random directions are great as a filling stitch.
  • Lazy daisy stitch often is used as a part of combined decorative borders and composite stitches.

Variations of the lazy daisy stitch:

  • Bulls head stitch
  • Crown stitch
  • Chain stitch couching
  • Double lazy daisy stitch
  • Lazy daisy stitch filling (link powdering stitch)
  • Lazy daisy in two colors
  • Long-tailed daisy stitch
  • Russian chain stitch
  • Slanting detached chain stitch
  • Spider web lazy daisy stitch
  • Tulip stitch

Video tutorial

Watch a video tutorial below and learn how to embroider this simple stitch.

What's next?

In case you need more guidance, sign up for my hand embroidery online course – “The top 10 hand embroidery stitches to learn“. This course is free and teaches all the stitches from the list of the best embroidery stitches. Besides that, a free pdf embroidery pattern download is included in the course.

Looking for some other stitch? Head to the Stitches and Techniques part of this blog and choose the stitch you want to learn!

N.B. Some of the links may take you to the EasyToMake designs blog. This is my older hand embroidery blog. While I’m dedicating all of my energy to the Practical Embroidery blog, the previous version still has a lot of great content!

Related projects

Would you like to learn this stitch while practicing? Then, check out the projects below and create something beautiful today!

Let’s create some Easter eggs with embroidered Daisies to make your Easter decor unique and unforgettable.

You will be able to use these Easter ornaments for many years. Decorate your Easter tree or make a special gift for your friends and family!

Lazy daisy stitch hand embroidery PIN

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