Thursday, June 18, 2009

Lazy Daisy Stitch , Detached Chain





For those of you who have used this stitch before will know how
EASY and  VERSATILE this stitch can be.
When working Lazy Daisy Stitch in ribbon it is known as Detached Chain.

Firstly the Lazy Daisy Stitch in Thread:
The thread is brought through from the back of the material and re-inserted as
close to this point as possible ( without catching the needle through the thread )
The length of the petal is determined by the distance the needle is taken through.
Loop the thread around the needle and pull it through. You now have a link,
forming your first petal. Take the needle through to the back, just below the loop.
This anchors the petal down. For the next step come back up close to the first and repeat.
Continue in this manner till you have a full circle and completed flower.




















Detached Chain in Silk Ribbon























Detached Chain Stitch is done in much the same way.
It is best if you only use between 2 and  4 mm ribbons in this stitch.
The wider ones are not suitable to shape the petals.
The material may be held in an Embroidery Hoop or free in the hand.
If using a hoop the stiching will be in stabbing up and down manner.
It is too difficult to take the needle across.
Your fingers will soon testify to this.
When using the ribbon I personally prefer the ribbon to be flattened out and smooth.
This gives a fuller petal. Whereas if you leave it with a twist that is
what you get in the petal. Take your finger into the loop before pulling it
through and straighten out the ribbon.
Take it a little slower than if you were working with thread,
and you will have more control over the shaping of the petal. 











I have included some examples of what you can achieve with this simple stitch.
The flowers I worked on this carry bag are all Lazy Daisy Stitch
with a few french knots added for the centres and base.
The different effects are obtained by changing the size, colour and directions.


Ribbon is used to make up this Flower Spray in Detached Chain, and the buds and leaves are done in the same stitch.















Just look what you can do with
Hand Dyed Ribbon














Detached Chain has been added to the
leg hem of a pair of jeans and beads added as you go.





Australian Wildflowers in SRE.
The Centre flower is called Flannel Flower using 7 mm. Silk
Ribbon.
The only difference here is the Detached Chain is completed
with a Bullion Wrap and a straight stitch of Sage Green 4 mm
Silk Ribbon on the tips. ( For instructions go to Leaves in SRE)
The Smaller pink flowers are Boronia and the French Knot
clusters are Wattle.



Carol Daisy 

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