Crafter's Know-How | DETACHED CHAIN STITCH
Friday, June 17, 2016
Also known as the Lazy Daisy Stitch, this embroidery technique is perfect for simple floral designs that can be done in a whim.
With just a few stitches, you'll have covered an entire bed sheet in a sea of daisies. It's that easy!
Fine, let's go with a napkin. Seems more doable.
In just a matter of minutes, you'll have turned an entire napkin into a flowering meadow!
At least, if you keep the stitches quite large and limit the number of blossoms just slightly. But it's still easy! And since you seem to enjoy my posts on "Crafter's Know-How", it was a no-brainer to me that I would show you how to master the detached chain stitch next!
To be honest, I'm not entirely sure why the daisy is meant to be lazy, but "The Lazy Daisy Stitch" still sounds nicer than "The Detached Chain Stitch".
See, I could have gone for the whole chain metaphor; the chains of life, how one thing leads to another, constantly weighing you down, that kind of thing, but the flower theme seemed just a tad more pleasant. Just a hunch.
HERE'S WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
- embroidery fabric
- embroidery thread
- embroidery needle
Step 1: Thread the needle with the embroidery thread and tie a knot to secure. To start, bring the needle up from the back of the fabric.
Step 2: Re-insert the needle as close to where you first came up as possible. This will create a loop. Do not pull the the thread through completely so that the loop stays intact.
Step 3: Bring the needle back up through the fabric a short distance away from your starting point.
Step 4: Without twisting the thread, lead the needle through the loop and tack it into place by pushing the needle back through the fabric just outside the chain.
The tighter you pull the stitch, the slimmer the loop will become. Experiment a little to figure out what works best for your design.
To make the flowers, group a series of stitches in a circle. For longer petals simply elongate the stitch.