Detached Chain is often one of the first stitches people learn. It 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 you can only make flowers with it.
We call Detached Chain by that name because that is what it is, a single chain stitch. You can use it to create all sorts of patterns and textures. For instance, I stitched the sample above on hand-dyed Aida cloth. I arranged the Detached chain stitches in a grid and secured the sequins with a seed bead in the spaces. It is a pattern that you can use to work on a small item such as a bag or purse for instance.
This sample makes a really nice border pattern. I have arranged the detached chain stitches in sets of three in a fan shape. In addition, I secured the centre detached chain stitch with a small chain rather than a straight stitch and I have added seed bead to the head of the stitches. I worked the next sample 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 distance away.
With the thread wrapped under the needle’s point, pull the needle through the fabric.
To fasten the loop, make a small straight stitch.
As you can see it is a stitch easily worked in a circle to create flower shapes.
The next 2 samples are Detached Chain used in crazy quilting.
In 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.
Have you seen my Stitchers Templates?
As someone who loves crazy quilting and embroidery, I designed these templates with fellow stitchers in mind. You can use them to create hundreds of different patterns to apply to your stitching and crazy quilting projects. They are easy to use, totally clear so you can position them easily and they are compact in your sewing box. And we laser cut them in our own studio to ensure the highest quality.
To see what they look like, find out about the free ebook of patterns that come with them visit the information pages. You can find out more about set 1 on this page. To find out more about set 2 visit this page.
Or go directly to the Pintangle shop to purchase them.