The Lovely Lazy Daisy Stitch is Easy & Versatile
When I first dove into embroidery, one of the stitches I wanted to learn right away was the lazy daisy stitch. I didn’t know what it was called at the time but I had seen it in lots of embroidery art.
I thought they were super cute and adorable, and when I looked at their structure which consists mainly of a loop with a small stitch to hold the loop down, I was sure it wouldn’t be too difficult to learn.
The lazy daisy stitch really is simple and adorable, like a little baby mushroom; and while I didn’t include it in the 5 basic embroidery stitch post it really should be a part of that list because it’s so easy to stitch and it’s quite versatile. You’ll find yourself using the lazy daisy stitch regularly. It’s definitely a favorite among embroiderers!
While I could probably go on and on about the beloved lazy daisy stitch I won’t waste any more time and get right to it!
Lazy Daisy Stitch Step-by-Step
Come up to the top of your fabric, then return back into the same hole but leave a small loop behind. You can also return to the back of the fabric next to that hole if you’d like.
Next, push your needle up halfway through the inside of your loop at the top. Hold your needle in place with one hand while pulling the thread carefully through at the bottom until it hugs your needle.
Then pull your needle and thread through. Careful not to pull your loop too hard or it won’t retain its round shape.
Create a tiny little stitch to hold down your loop. Push your needle to the back just outside of the loop near the spot you last came up from.
And now you have a cute little lazy daisy stitch.
Tips & Tidbits
When you’re creating your lazy daisy stitch you’ll notice that the longer your loop the thinner your stitch will be so if you’re creating petals and want fat petals create either shorter lazy daisy stitches or use more thread.
If you want your loops to be a bit rounder you can keep your loop a tiny bit looser or you can add more thread to your needle so it will fill the space in a little more.
I would recommend playing around with the number of threads you use and the tension you apply as you create your loop (during the step where you pull your thread to the back until your thread hugs your needle). Everyone has their favorite combo so you won’t know until you do a little experimenting which is the fun part!
So we just created one stand alone lazy daisy stitch which resembles a rain drop, tear drop, or a single petal but you can use the lazy daisy stitch in numbers to create flowers & design elements.
By the way, the lazy daisy stitch also goes by the name detached chain stitch. If you already know how to create a chain stitch or have read (or viewed) my chain stitch tutorial then you’ll know why. They’re almost cousins!
As always, here’s a video tutorial to end the lesson!