Lazy Daisy stitch has just the right tone to its name to set you up for some relaxing embroidery. This stitch is very uncomplicated and an easy variation of the chain stitch. The Lazy Daisy is known as a detached chain stitch so if you can master chain stitch then Lazy Daisy is really an abridged form of this.
It is a lovely ‘garden’ stitch useful for leaves and flowers, so if you love gardens and greenery sit back and try this very relaxed, but creative embroidery stitch.
How to Sew a Lazy Daisy Stitch
You can make a flower with as many petals as you would like. My little sampler had 8 petals but 4, 5 or 6 work equally well.
I find it useful to draw the flower shape on my fabric before I start, in order to get a nice symmetrical embroidery.
You can make the circle in the center and the petals as large as you like but be aware that really large flowers are likely to have the threads snag more easily.
Step one: Bring the needle up from underneath at the base of one of the petals at 1.
Step two: Insert the needle next to 1 at the base of the other side of the petal at 2. There should be a small gap between 1 and 2.
Step 3: Bring the needle out at 3 which is the tip of the petal.
Wrap the thread under the tip of the needle.
Step 4: Put the needle down on the other side of the loop at 4 and come up at 5 which is the base of a new petal.
The thread that goes over from 3 to 4 will hold down the tip of your petal loop.
Step 5: Now just repeat as you go all the way around the flower.
Each detached chain or Lazy Daisy will start separately according to the flower design of your choice. These little flowers look great with some French knots in the center.
- Don’t pull the long threads too tight or you will close up your petal. Get nicely rounded petals by leaving the loops loose.
- Use an embroidery floss or thread that doesn’t split as the petals will start to look messy like my blue one below.
That is the simplicity of the Lazy Daisy stitch. Using the chain stitch pattern, you can create all kinds of flower petals long and short, full or widely spaced. It is a lovely simple stitch that looks stunning in any embroidered garden.