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Lazy Daisy stitch & 8 beautiful LAZY DAISY flowers you can embroider with it

Updated on by Sarina

This post is about the beautiful Lazy daisy stitch and the flower designs you can easily make with it, with simple modifications to the basic stitch.

lazy daisy flower

What is a lazy daisy stitch?

Lazy daisy stitch is a beautiful variation of the chain stitch. It is also known by the name detached chain stitch. This is a single chain stitch that is secured by a straight stitch.

The most important speciality of this stitch is in making very easy embroidered flowers. It is most populat for making a Daisy flower, hence the name ‘Lazy Daisy’.

Lazy daisy flower is formed when many single chain stitches (more than 4) are made around a point forming the petals. The single loop arranged creatively around a circle (either imaginery or embroidered creates your easy flower designs. 

How to do a lazy daisy stitch ? 

Create a single chain stitch. Then use a straight stitch to hold the loop in place. 

Step by step way to make lazy daisy stitch - A long loop stitch is made and it is secured at the top with a straight stitch

1.Long tailed daisy stitch.

This is a lazy daisy stitch with a long straight stitch as its stem -lazy daisy flower embroidery designs

A variation of the lazy daisy stitch in which the anchor stitch is made longer than usual. The long pistil shape and the bud on top made by the lazy daisy stitch makes it a favourite for flower designs

2.Double lazy daisy stitch.

Two colored threads are used to make the lazy daisy stitch
Lazy daisy flower made with two different colored threads

This is a simple variation of the lazy daisy stitch with 2 lazy daisy stitches nestled one inside the other.

3.Lazy Daisy stitch with two colors

lazy daisy stitch anchored with different colored straight stitch
lazy daisy stitch anchored with different colored straight stitch

In this stitch the anchor stitch is done in a different colour. There are two ways to do it – make the small anchor stitch first and then thread your petals through these. This is one way and the easiest.

In the alternative method, the separate colour anchor stitch can be made after the whole lazy daisy stitch is done, over the anchor stitch

4.Lazy daisy with more than one anchor stitches.

make daisy flower with lazy daisy stitches with more than one anchor stitches
More than one anchor straight stitches are used.

In this stitch more than one anchor stitches are used. A contrasting coloured thread is used for a stunning effect.

5.Spider lazy Daisy

Make a spider web flower with lazy daisy stitch

To make this stitch, first do a lazy daisy flower with odd number of petals, then the thread (with a same coloured thread or a contrasting one) is weaved through the petals of the flowers in and out.

6.Bull’s head

bull's head - lazy daisy flower embroidery

This stitch which looks like a bull’s head can be used to make bud designs. It consists of a lazy daisy stitch and a straight stitch

To work this stitch, First make a lazy daisy stitch.

From the anchor stitch bring up the needle at 1 . Slide the needle under the anchor stitch and go to 2 and insert the needle there.

7. Tulip stitch

lazy daisy tulip flower

This is similar to bull’s head stitch. The only difference being the position of the straight stitch, under the lazy daisy stitch

8.Bullion head Lazy Daisy stitch

bullion knot stitch used to anchor the lazy daisy stitch

This stitch has a regular chain stitch with straight anchor stitch replaced by a bullion stitch

A lazy daisy stitch should not be limited just to making daisy flowers – it can be used in your embroidery work in countless ways – to stitch grass on the ground, to stitch leaves, to stitch the body of butterflies etc.

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3 thoughts on “Lazy Daisy stitch & 8 beautiful LAZY DAISY flowers you can embroider with it”

  1. I just splashed some bleach on one of my favorite navy blue (casual) skirts. First thing that came to mind was to make the spots into centers of flowers. My mom was excellent at embroidering – and had me make quite a few small items when I was little. Hoping the memory will last enough to help me through – thank you for your suggestions! If memory fails, I’ll definitely come back and check your advice! <3

  2. I do a lot of daisy blossoms. Looking at my garden blooms I realized that the petals are not always even. Now I am more carefree creating lazy daisy bloom petals to be more realistic. These are also far easier as it does not matter if they are a bit uneven, too few or too many on one side, or the angle is tilted from the initial circular plan. In any bouquet, these imperfect ones look splendid.

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