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Today I’ll show you how to stitch a lazy daisy – perfect for making teardrop shapes. Of course they make terrific daisies – like in this robot pattern.
I also used a single lazy daisy stitch for the glowing red light at the tip of his antenna. 🙂
I also used lots of them in the scales and gills of the carp in this koi banner.
Of course, since they make great leaves I used lots of lazy daisy stitches on the houseplants page of my book How to Embroider Almost Everything.
I love that plant in the smiling flowerpot. Alas, I’m only good with embroidered plants. All the real ones in my house die. 🙁
You’ll see lazy daisy is very similar to the chain stitch that works great for lovely textured lines. Lazy daisy is also called detached chain stitch – so that makes perfect sense!
The video has a bonus lesson on how to pull out those pesky loops that sometimes form on the surface of your fabric while you stitch!! I’ve been waiting for that to happen while I was filming and it finally did. 🙂
Want to practice your lazy daisy stitches? This tree pattern has a ton of them!
Each leaf is a lazy daisy stitch. Each firefly is a fly stitch. And I stitched both using glow in the dark thread, so the whole tree glows. Fun!
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