I have been stitching many daisies lately. No wonder, this little flower is so easy to make and looks beautiful whatever the colour you choose. The centre can be done with a knot or a bead. Or a tiny button. Or anything that may come to your mind. Here are some example of how I used it lately.
On a pot-pourri sachet (I took the picture with the sachet empty to better see the daisies):
On my Downtown House Quilt block 2:
On my Easter Egg with Marguerites:
I wrote a tutorial for this stitch, in French and in English (click here for a pdf version). I hope it will be useful to you. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions or to show me what you have done!
My Attitude About Embroidery: I will not tell you what is the right or the wrong way of doing stitches. I am not an expert embroider and do not pretend to be a master in this trade. I make embroidery for the pleasure of doing it, the gesture of passing a needle through fiber and seeing a motif taking form gradually. I am not seeking perfection and never expect it from others. My only wish is that you can also enjoy stitching! ☺
Tutorial for the lazy daisy stitch
The lazy daisy stitch is a simple stitch that looks beautiful in any color you choose to make it. It is somewhat similar to the chain stitch. The centre can be made with a knot (French, English or other), a bead, a tiny button or whatever comes to your mind.
I usually stitch eight petals, symmetrically placed around the centre. I like to work this stitch following the directions of a compass: north, south, east, west. This way, I am sure of the symmetry. Then I make four more petals between the ones already stitched. I usually work with two strands of thread, but more than two can be used for a ticker result. I make the smallest possible knot at one end of the thread. THE SCHEMAS I REFER TO IN THIS TUTORIAL ARE IN THE FREE PDF VERSION. Here is schema F as an example:
Note: if I do not want the knot to show on the back, if I am embroidering an already quilted quilt for example, I use the hand-quilting method to start and finish the thread, which means I bury the knot between the layers of fabric.
Note: with the lazy daisy stitch, we insert the needle twice at the same place.
- Draw a little dot with a pencil to mark the centre of the daisy. Draw 8 little dots to mark where the tip of each petals will be (where you will insert the needle). (Schema A) Eventually, you will not need to draw the dots.
- Insert the needle into the fabric, from the back, on the dot at the centre of your drawn motif, (number 1, schema B), and bring it out of the front. Pull on the thread (toward the ceiling) all the way through, until the knot stops you.
- Place your thread to form a loop around your dot number 2, north of the centre (schema C). The thread should be laying on your fabric to be at the right place to form the first petal.
- Insert the needle into the fabric, from the front to the back, at number 1 again, the dot in the centre (schema C) and, in the same movement, bring the tip of the needle out (from the back to the front) at number 2, north of the centre, inside the loop, i.e. the thread placed at step 3 is just above the place where the needle came out of the fabric.
- Pull the needle out of the fabric and slowly pull on the thread. When you reach the end of the thread, be caution. You must keep a loop (schema D). If you pull too hard, you will loose it. With practice, you will know when to stop pulling on the thread.
- Insert the needle into the fabric, from the front to the back, at number 2, the dot north of the centre, but on the other side of the loop, to secure it into place (schema D). Pull on the thread from the back.
- Do the next petal (south) by inserting the needle into the fabric, from the back, on the dot at the centre of your drawn motif (number 1), and bring it out of the front. Pull on the thread. Place your thread to form a loop around your dot number 3, south of the centre (schema E). Insert the needle into the fabric, from the front to the back, at number 1 again (centre) and, in the same movement, bring the tip of the needle out (from the back to the front) at number 3, south of the centre, inside the loop. Then pull the needle out of the fabric and slowly pull on the thread. Do not forget, you must keep a loop. Insert the needle into the fabric, from the front to the back, at number 3, south of the centre, but on the other side of the loop, to secure it into place (schema E). Pull on the thread from the back.
- Continue with a petal at number 4 (east), then at number 5 (west). After that, make the remaining petals (numbers 6, 7, 8 and 9 on schema F). Don’t worry if your loops are not identical. This will come with practice. You can secure the loose end of your thread by going through the threads on the back, without punching the fabric with the needle. Cut the thread.
Note: if you want to undo one loop, you may have to undo all the way to the beginning of your thread (where the knot is). When you undo the lazy daisy stitch, it can be hard to stop without changing the shape of the remaining loops.
Add something in the centre of the daisy: a knot, a bead, a tiny button, etc. It could be of the same color as your petals or a different one. Voilà!