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crazy quilt detail

In this section of the crazy quilt block I covered the seam with some hand dyed lace and further embroidered it with detached chain stitch. The thread is hand dyed silk. I then added some copper coloured beads and some seed beads.

The ‘flower’ is a crochet motif. I secured the metal flower in the middle of the crochet motif with small bead. I felt it set  the motif off. Both lace and motif are from the same dye lot.

What is the story?
This regularly published series aims to illustrate and document the hand embroidered seams, embellishments and decorations on my crazy quilt I dropped the button box. All articles are categorised in the projects under Crazy Quilt details which enables readers to browse back through the series.
Free Crazy quilt block patterns
In the process of documenting the seam decorations on this quilt, as I get to each block I am diagramming it out for readers as a free crazy quilt pattern. Links to these free pattern pages are listed on the CQ details FAQ page.
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TAST Week 7 Highlights

People certainly enjoyed working detached chain stitch this week.

Once again I can only encourage people to browse the links people have left as you are missing out if you make some time in your week to make a cuppa, and take in some inspiring eye candy.

First up in htis week’s highlights, I would like to point out that over on Threads and Patches, Marjolein has written a tutorial on how to secure a trapped bead using detached chain stitch

Another tutorial is available over on Let’s learn Embroidery demonstratng  using detached chain stitch to attach a shisha mirror 


On Arts Crafts and More Veena used detached chain stitch to circle shisha mirrors.

Over on Stitching with a Shimmy, Romilly has provided a free pattern which uses detached chain stitches

I smiled when I saw the little wet duck on this sample from Airy Nothing

Over on Carrement Crazy there is a lovely example of detached chain used on a shabby chic or primitive crazy quilt piece. I am not sure what to call this developing crazy quilting  style but I really like it!

I really enjoyed the freeform sample from Anneliese which looks a little like a palm tree!

Another enjoyable piece is found over on playful stitching. I particularly liked the owls.

I loved the colour scheme Chris Richards used in her latest mandela over on Ella’s Craft Creations.

Over on Bland garner, trasor och trådar there is a series of experiments with this stitch

This brightly coloured poppy field by Patricia Gellon attracted my eye too

Finally this freeform sampler has been growing under the hands of Yarn Goddess over on Sooner or later.

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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