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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crazy quilt hand embroidered seam detail

Seam decoration on crazy quilt block:

This seam is found on crazy quilt block 50. It  is threaded arrow stitch. I threaded the stitch with a hand dyed knitting ribbon then added beads in the valleys of the pattern. On the hills I added a detached chain stitch worked in a metalic thread.


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.




I have released the block patterns and stitch ideas for non commercial use. However, you must attribute the work to me, and link back to this blog. You may not take whole articles from this series and reprint them online, as that is not in the spirit of sharing.

For the Love of Stitching Sampler – Band 354


This band of stitching is made up of an arrangement of straight stitches and detached chain stitch.


This band is worked in a cotton thread that is same thickness as  perle #8 thread. The thread was hand dyed by me.


Linda, 27cnt evenweave fabric produced by Zweigart


Procion dyes for cotton thread


This section of the sampler was worked in November 2007.



The For Love of Stitching Band Sampler is 15 cm (6 inches) wide. It consists of different strips of fabric which are are stitched together to form one long strip. It currently measures 24.8 yards or 22.75 metres long and I have more bands to add.

Sampler FAQ
For the full back story on this piece visit the Sampler FAQ page.

All posts in the series are in the category  the Love of Stitching Band Sampler.