One of the prettiest embroidery stitches is the chain stitch. There are a lot of variations to it (like a square chain, twisted chain, cable chain, etc), but in essence the chain stitch is a very simple graphic stitch. Obviously it looks like a chain, and it adds a lot of pretty texture to a project. You can use it for many things like lettering, outlining sections of a pattern, or stems of flowers. A variation of it, the lazy daisy stitch (or detached chain) is perfect for flower petals and leaves, it’s very pretty when scattered across a piece.
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Chain stitch and lazy daisy stitch
Tips for the chain stitch and lazy daisy
- Don’t pull too tight, or you’ll end up with two parallel lines rather than a pretty teardrop-shaped chain
- Experiment with the number of strands you use, see what you like best
- For the leaves, I started the lazy daisy at the outer tip of the leaves to create a “point”
- Feel free to embellish the finished pattern with French knots or other stitches
Links mentioned in the video
Fabric used in the tutorial: Normandie linen by Zweigart.