Detached Chain Stitch

sample of detached chain the lazy daisy stitch 1Detached chain is also known as daisy stitch, lazy daisy stitch, tall chain stitch, loop stitch, tied loop stitch, picot stitch and knotted knot stitch,  but don’t let those names lead you into thinking that the only way to use this stitch is in a flower shape. This stitch is often one of the the first that people  learn as it can be used to create flowers and petals but it is not the only way you can use this stitch. It is called detached chain because that is what it is, a single chain stitch.  You can use it to create all sorts of patterns and textures for instance the sample above is stitched on hand dyed Aida cloth. Detached chain stitches are arranged in a grid and sequins are secured with a seed bead in the spaces between the stitches. It is a pattern that you can use to work on a small item such as bag or purse for instance.

sample of detached chain the lazy daisy stitch 2This sample makes a really nice border pattern. The detached chain stitches are arranged in sets of three in a fan shape. The center detached chain stitch is secured with a small chain rather than a straight stitch and I have added seed bead to the head of the stitches. The next sample is worked  be over sequin waste to create a medallion pattern.

How to work Lazy Daisy or  Detached Chain stitch

Bring the needle up through the fabric and hold the thread with the left thumb. Insert the needle as illustrated, so that the point emerges a short space away.

step by step instructions on how to work detached chain the lazy daisy stitch With the thread wrapped under the needle point pull the needle through the fabric.

step by step instructions on how to work detached chain the lazy daisy stitch 2To fasten the loop make a small straight stitch.

step by step instructions on how to work detached chain the lazy daisy stitch 3As you can see it is a stitch easily worked in a circle to create flower shapes.

step by step instructions on how to work detached chain the lazy daisy stitch 4The next 2 samples are Detached chain used in crazy quilting.

sample of detached chain the lazy daisy stitch 3In this sample  detached chain is combined with straight stitches and seed and novelty beads to work along the edge of lace. The thread I used was cotton perle #5.

sample of detached chain the lazy daisy stitch 5

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  1. Pingback: 1 Years stitches – Days 9 – 12 | CrazyQstitcher

  2. I am stitching on paper as my challenge. The first 7 stitches are at this post. (I am posting once a month.)
    http://sandysnowden.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/stitch-on-it-1-7.html
    Sandy in the UK
    PS.I have had a hard time for this to post! this is the 3rd browser attempt.

  3. regina drumond says:

    Thank you for this beautiful stitch

  4. regina drumond says:

    I like much to do this stitch…and l have learned much more
    with your clear instructions…Thank you

  5. Marie says:

    I combined several TAST stitches that I missed into one project:

    http://magicmoonmusings.blogspot.ca/2012/04/tast-2012-catch-up-week.html

  6. Sharon Griffith says:

    I finally did get my Lazy daisy stitch pic up. I thought i had it there but there must have been a glitch so I just posted it again.. Please go here if you want to take a gander…thanks Sharon
    http://sharon-dancingthruthreads.blogspot.com/2012/02/tast-stitch-lazy-daisy.html

  7. Bernice says:

    IWeek 7 Detached Chain stitch was a new one for me as I had only done chain and daisy stitch. My blog is http://timeusebybernice.wordpress.com/

  8. Liana D says:

    Hi Sharon,

    haven't been able to do much embroidery the last few weeks… At least I'm still persevering with my sampler.

    Here are some pics – end of week 7. A bit disappointing, though.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/72752445@N07/
    I'll be uploading to Stitching Fingers shortly.

    Best (and thanks, again)
    Liana

  9. Karrin Hurd says:

    I am down to the wire on this one. I wanted to post mine before I go to work this morning. My examples of detached chain can be seen here: http://karrinscrazyworld.blogspot.com/

  10. Andi says:

    My lazy daisy / detached chain stitches:
    http://kidsbyhand.wordpress.com/2012/02/20/tast-week-7/

    My daughter wouldn't let me post hers again this week… she is such a perfectionist. I'm going to have to work on her! She tried several individual stitches, and then made a little daisy out of pink perle cotton.

  11. Susan says:

    I've just done something small for the Detached Chain Stitch, and finished the block it's on. http://so-susan.blogspot.com/2012/02/unchain-my-heart.html Nothing earth-shattering, but I'm just learning the stitches. I'm amazed and awed by the work some of you do!

  12. Dianne says:

    Hi Sharon and all, there seemed to be a problem with my blog overnight but it seems to be all fixed now. Like a lot of the others, I have been working detached chain stitch for many years. I enjoyed making my little picture with it. It is here on my blog: http://dinkydideequilts.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/sunday-night.html

  13. Tine says:

    Hi Sharon ! I'm a new hands and it's the first time I make the tast. I love your blog, thanks for all, I can learn embroidery and english too !
    My sample is on my blog:

    http://nico-tine.over-blog.com/article-take-a-stitch-tuesday-week-7-99682516.html

  14. chitra gangadharan says:

    Hi Sharon, \my completed dtached chain sampler is on my blog-
    http://jizee6687.wordpress.com/category/tast-2012/07-detached-chain-stitch2/
    Thanks,
    Chitra

  15. Kathy R says:

    I am getting frustrated. I am keeping up with TAST. My camera does not want to work. GRRRRR…. When I get it fixed, there will be lots of stitches to see.

  16. A very small bit of my Tast on my blog.This is a small mixture of the past few weeks.
    http://backvalleyseasons.blogpot.com

  17. libbyQ says:

    i'm another one of those who knew this stitch as a lazy daisy.
    it's good to learn the proper names as we go along.
    my work with this stitch are here: http://simpletosublimepapernapkinpoetry.blogspot.com/2012/02/tast-week-7-detached-chain-stitch.html

    🙂
    libbyQ

  18. Jen says:

    How fun, I made a wildflower garden with mine, wishing for spring!! http://lovelymesses.blogspot.com/

  19. Suztats says:

    I didn't know the lazy daisy stitch was also called the detached chain stitch. Here's my practice piece:
    http://suztats.blogspot.com/2012/02/tast-week-7.html

  20. maneki says:

    I haven't written my "offical TAST post of the week" yet (and probably won't until next week), but you can already see some of my chain stitches in this post: http://wildrosesandblackberries.blogspot.com/2012/02/aurica-sampler-part-1.html

    It's a round-up of all the TAST stitches I've done so far in my aurica yarn. It's the same pic as the one I posted in the Flickr group.

  21. Annet says:

    I didn't experiment much, but here's my post about this stitch:
    http://fat-quarter.blogspot.com/2012/02/detached-chain-stitch.html

  22. marjolein says:

    As you probably know I am in the middle of a Pebble Adventure. Tha lazy daisy stitch is used to embroider some beads in the project. Here is the link: http://threads-and-patches.blogspot.com/2012/02/tast-week-6-detached-chain-stitch.html

  23. Brigitte Otto says:

    You can find my detached chain stitch block here:
    http://stitchinfingers.ning.com/photo/detachedchain

  24. Pippa Price says:

    Oh this so much fun. week 7 posted on my blog.

    http://pippaquilts.blogspot.com/

  25. hopscotch says:

    Finally finished my sample of detatched chain! I always thought of this stitche as boring – not any more 🙂
    Barbara

    http://stitchinfingers.ning.com/photo/week-7-detatched-chain?context=user

  26. This week's sample is finished. I have blogged at http://www.carorose.typepad.com and posted to the Flikr site http://www.flickr.com/groups/56846286@N00/

  27. I didn't get a lot of time for stitching this week but I am quite happy with what I did and I can see a lot of potential in using this stitch in the future. There's a photo on my blog: http://kirajones.co.uk/?p=618

  28. Ingrid says:

    This week's stitch came out surprisingly simple and effective. http://nipetnapet.blogspot.com/2012/02/tast-2012-week-7.html

  29. Kay Warner says:

    Just a little bit of detached chain posted on my blog.

  30. http://saneandcrazy.blogspot.com/2012/02/tast-chevron-and-lazy-daisy.html

    The first stitch grandma taught me. I think of her whenever I stitch it.

  31. Luiz Vaz says:

    Hi Sharon & Everyone!
    My post for the week.
    Happy Carnival for all!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/luiz_vaz/6892702891/

  32. Luiz Vaz says:

    Hi Sharon & Everyone!
    My post for the week.
    Happy Carnival for all!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/luiz_vaz/6892702891/

  33. Ranjana says:

    Thanks Sharon, for helping to get back to hand embroidery. My work is here

    http://ranjana-craft-blog.blogspot.in/2012/02/tast-challenge-2012-week-7.html

  34. Valerie L says:

    You can see my most recent work on my blog:http://cantheleopardchangeherspots.blogspot.com/

    I got my Chevron Stitch finished late, but I just finished the Detached Chain Stitch.

  35. Hi Sharon, absolutely loved this stitch, this is my sample for week 7, you can
    find it here !

    http://ellascraftcreations.blogspot.com/2012/02/tast-2012-detached-chain-week-7.html

  36. Diane says:

    Certainly an old favorite. Memories. Sitting on the floor with a hoop, some variegated floss and a printed pillowcases. Old songs. Chain, chain, chain of fools. Unchain my heart. I hope someone stitched those lyrics.

    http://yarngoddess.wordpress.com/2012/02/17/stitching-chains/

    Diane

  37. Patricia Gellon says:

    Hi Sharon
    I skipped a few weeks, but I'm back on track, I'll catch up with the weeks missed. here is my Detached chain sample. Thanks. Patricia
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/40774498@N06/6891008885/in/photostream

  38. Marg B says:

    Sharon
    Unbelievably I am two days earlier than usual. I can't say Detached Chain filled me with masses of inspiration but I tried a couple of variations of use – pictures on http://maggies-textiles.blogspot.com.au/

    Thankyou
    margb

  39. Raji Saj says:

    I learned a new technique using lazy daisy see here
    http://threadwithme.blogspot.in/2012/02/chemanthy-variation-2.html
    raji.

  40. Arlene says:

    A busy week, so I've posted some photos of works in progress on which I've used detached chain stitch. There's even a beaded version.

    http://arlene-thefoodoflove.blogspot.com/2012/02/tast-week-7-detached-chain-stitch.html

    Arlene

  41. Sara Hansson says:

    loved this stitch – so came in with my samples well on time this week :0)

    Sara

  42. Lucy Landry says:

    I am loving this challenge. I've got more animals this week.

    http://playfulstitching.wordpress.com

  43. isabelle says:

    I finally finished. Hard to get out of the idea of ??flower with this

    http://pierrespapiersciseaux.blogspot.com/2012/02/tast-semaine-7-le-point-de-bouclette.htm

    thanks

    isabellel

  44. Queeniepatch says:

    I see that I am not the only one who find this a favourite stitch! Easy to make, usually well-behaved and so versatile it is no wonder we all love it. I enjoyed Week 7 very much.
    My contribution is here:http://web.me.com/queeniepatch/Queeniepatch_Quilts/Blog/Entries/2012/2/16_TAST_2012%2C_Week_7.html

  45. Shami Immanuel says:

    Sharon,
    My trial for this week's challenge is here:
    http://shamiatcraft.blogspot.in/2012/02/tast-2012-week-7-detached-chain.html

    It is nice to learn a new stitch or exploring the known stitch every week. Feel like doing something useful being a home maker. Thanks for running this challenge.

    Shami Immanuel.

  46. Viv Estill says:

    I've posted my Detached Chain Stitch on my blog at http://www.tyketextiles.blogspot.com
    Viv

  47. Good evening ! I've completed my 7th weekly challenge. Here are the photos and details
    http://j-en-revais.blogspot.com/2012/02/tast-7.html
    Please pay me a visit ;o)

  48. Carol Harper says:

    Here's mine: http://thatyankstitches.multiply.com/journal/item/274/Take_A_Stitch_Tuesday_2012_Challenge_-_Week_7

    It looks a lot better where I used it on a crazy quilt block here: http://thatyankstitches.multiply.com/photos/album/27/CQJC2012BJP2012#photo=2 … A row of "flowers" in the top left corner and little daisies on the yellow-orange ribbon in the middle….

  49. chitra gangadharan says:

    I have started exploring this stitch on even weave cloth- my blog-
    http://jizee6687.wordpress.com/category/tast-2012/07-detached-chain-stitch2/
    thanks, Sharon
    Chitra

  50. crazypatch says:

    Voici terminé mon travail de la semaine. vous pouvez voir le résultat sur mon blog… et encore merci pour ce défi….http://carrementcrazy.zumablog.com/index.php?sujet_id=17157

  51. Maureen bond says:

    My samples are on my Flickr site this week
    http://crazyqstitcher.wordpress.com/

    There are some of my Tast 1 samples at
    http://crazyqstitcher.wordpress.com/2007/01/18/tast-detached-chain/

  52. Ina says:

    Hi Sharon,
    I'd created a mirror/shisha work out of this stitch-http://letslearnembroidery.blogspot.in/2012/02/mirror-work-3.html

  53. I love this simple stitch and made a simple design on a pin cushion. I have blogged about it here
    http://artscraftsandmore-withveena.blogspot.in/2012/02/lazy-daisy-detached-chain-stitch-for.html
    Thank you Sharon

  54. Sue Duffy says:

    Here are the links to some of my detached chain stitches – one of my favorites!
    On Flicker at:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/heymagee/?saved=1
    or on stitchin fingers at:
    http://stitchinfingers.ning.com/photo/photo/listForContributor?screenName=376898wo2mgaj

  55. I love this stitch.
    Of course this is the first stitch i learnt long long ago.
    Of course a beautiful stitch.
    Thanks Saron B making me do various stitches by your TAST 2012 and waiting every week to know about stitches.
    I exihibited my old collection and like to try a new piece soon.
    http://viji-crafts.blogspot.in/

  56. Maggi says:

    This is definitely my favourite and I have put a piece that I completed a little while ago on my blog. It is based on a technique by Jean Littlejohn.
    http://maggi21.wordpress.com

  57. Christina says:

    http://christinaroland.blogspot.com/2012/02/tast-week-7.html on my blog http://christinaroland.blogspot.com/ for the results of week 7. Not my favourite stitch, but the variations are almost endless, and there are a lot of those I like. Didn't do much on that front, just used the plain detatched chain stitch in different forms. Looking forward to see other people's work.

  58. Angela says:

    I love the lazy daisy stitch! It is one that I use often as it is one of the first stitches I learned. It made wonder just how long ago that was! Somethings are better left unsaid!! You can check out what I did here
    http://princessbubblescreates.blogspot.com
    thanks for looking!

  59. chitra gangadharan says:

    It is nice to have this detcahed chain stitch again. I worked this stitch to create patterns last time, this time around,I thought this stitch can be used on even weave cloth. still in the thinking stage.
    my earlier experiments with this stitch.
    http://jizee6687.wordpress.com/2008/10/08/tast-week-3/
    Thanks,
    Chitra

  60. Liz Adams says:

    I was ahead of the game, since I love this stitch and wanted to show how I'd incorporated it in my big silk piece which I dyed then went back into, to "paint" with stitches. To see what I was up to, go here: http://beautifulmetaphor.blogspot.com/2012/02/tast-week-seven-running-chain-aka.html

    I love this challenge! it's lending more structure to the otherwise lonely work in the studio! thank you, Sharon.

  61. Romona says:

    Hi Sharon, My week 7 stitch is done. As always I kept it small to allow me at the end to put all my fabric pages together in a journal format. My piece is on my blog now. http://northbrookstitches.blogspot.com
    Thanks so much, Romona

  62. I finally managed to do the sample on a Tuesday! Whilst it was still light too! I can't promise this will happen ever again, but you never know. Strange things happen daily…

    http://sew-in-love.blogspot.com/2012/02/fantastic-catch-up.html – this is my post with the last 3 weeks worth of TAST samples, even though they're not very exciting!=)

  63. Christine says:

    Nice stitch for this week! Stitched with spring colors to fight again winter, snow,ice…. Pictures here on my blog http://6stem5.canalblog.com

  64. Wendy says:

    Chain stitch seemed perfect for the centre of this motif, it is very much a work in progress http://emmelinesplace.blogspot.com/2012/02/tast-7-detached-chain.html

  65. konnykards says:

    I think this was probably the first stitch I used as a child, 60+ years ago – always a favourite and to me it is a daisy stitch!
    I didn't add a new piece in the 2007 challenge, but collected together old favourites, http://www.flickr.com/photos/23261611@N04/4501706981/in/set-72157623763221568
    I'll probably add one of the old pieces and a small new one to my new narrow Sampler. Connie.

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