Detached 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.
This 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.
With the thread wrapped under the needle 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.