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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Embroidery 101: Lazy Daisy Stitch

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Lazy Daisy is probably one of my favorite stitches. When you see Block Three, you'll understand. It's littered with Lazy Daisy stitches and flowers. However, I am hoping you'll find, as I have, that this is an easy stitch that adds a lot of flair to your embroidery. It is cute not only for little flowers, but flower centers, leaves, and other details as well.

It is usually represented by a flower shape, or just a petal, and can be in a variety of sizes {I recently saw an elongated Lazy Daisy...I'm going to have to try it!}.  For this tutorial I used a large thread and large flower to show detail, but I love them when they're a little smaller.

To begin, poke the needle and thread through the center of the flower.

Then stitch back into the same hole {or very close by} but instead of stitching straight back, poke the needle through the top of one of the petals, do not tighten the thread down.

Wrap the thread gently around the point of the needle and hold it in place {this will help the petal not be overtightened}.

Then carefully pull the needle through and the remaining thread along with it.

Then just stitch the thread in place above the point of the petal.

The finished petal should look somewhat like this:

For the flowers,continue around with all the peals originating in {nearly} the same spot. The finished flower will look something like this:

I hope you enjoy this cute little stitch as much as I do!


  1. I love that stitch! I use it all the time but didn't know the proper name:)

  2. Oh, I just finished my second block today!!! I'm going to have to try this new stitch! =)


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