The Lazy Daisy


Introduction to Embroidery


Lesson Info

The Lazy Daisy

So up next is the lazy daisy I don't really lazy daisy we couldn't do better than that for for a name but it's called the lazy davey and so erin was asking a question about keeping the chain stitch wide or more of a circle so lazy daisy is another option for making stitches that are attacked and a bunch of different ways. So with the lazy daisy again it's up to you if you want to use all six strands or less again I'm using six for contrast with instruction but lazy daisy is not a far stretch from the chain stitch and traditionally it's done in that daisy shape which it's why it's called the late you know the lazy daisy I like to use it on a lot of different ways to tack it different ways you can see on the border I just did a single lazy daisy single stitch here within a french not and then a single stitch here in a single stitch here this is all even though it looks really different this is all the same stitch just tacked in different ways and then of course french not on the outside ...

french not on inside french not everywhere so the way to start a daisy and it can be surprisingly challenging to get a uniform flower by freehand so if you want it to look, you know more martha graham and ballerina do it by freehand if you want it to be evenly spaced you can use some tailor's chalk or even a pencil is usually fine but essentially all you're doing is you're doing part of the chain store so you're coming up and then I like to make a little loop and hold it with my thumb and then come back in so you have a nice little loop here and then you're attacking it at the top and there you have a certain amount of choice to make based on the tension that you're pulling the thread so this is a little there's some looseness there so it has some with to it but if I go back in and I make another one with more tension it will be more abu long you see that how the more attention you get center pedals so one method with the lazy daisy is to have the stitches meet in the middle and the other one is to have an open flower where it's a gathering of individual stitches so you can kind of see that here on the sample here's kind of the idea that we're working on now or they're meeting in the middle and then this is an open one where then put a french not on the inside a bunch of french knots on the inside and here's what the open design looks like without the french not so when you're doing this iceland actually kind of creating a circle on the inside there and that's how you're getting something that's a little bit more uniform and again, as with the spoke stitch what you can do is you can create that plus sign or a cross shape and then work out from there to make something that's a little bit more uniform come around and see her and then I'll show you my they're way too very it a little bit more is that I think it's making sense um he was getting a little tangled yeah so when that happens what do you want to do is take a break and just let your needle hanging ok, the thread hang from your hoop with the needle so that it so that I'm ones okay, how you told me now that oh yeah great, you got it? Yeah, thanks. Okay, so once you have that stitch down and this kind of goes to aaron's question before about creating something that's more rounded you can do whatever you want with that loop that you make before you start tacking so you can start at the top and then with a looser thread you kind of add a little bit of a different shape to the pedal or leave whatever you want to call it just by attacking it and adding tension to different places along the thread so here we have something that's, a little bit more leave shaped you can see on this one by putting two opposing tax, you kind of get something that's a little bit diamond shaped, something more leaf shaped. I'm going to show you how to do this because this is one of my favorite things to do is just a little border with the lazy daisy and her french not so I'll show you how to do that. So that's just a single stitch, I'm gonna attack it. I'm gonna come back, back up and create a french not, and then I'm going to create another single pedal on. One of the nice things about having a number of stitches in your toolbox is you can create really great borders with just using a couple of stitches. You can do some finishing work now with the length of my thread that's so pretty good. You just want to be aware that when you're doing any stitch that has a loop, you always want to stop before you think you're running out of thread and just remember that there is more than you'll need. And then I'm going back to that original flower to just show you what it looks like when you take the french not and start to put it on top of the center.

Class Description

Embroidery is a truly lovely way to customize a craft project and a super-rewarding skill to have. Get your start in this needlework tradition in Introduction to Embroidery with Lisa Shaffer.

Lisa teaches needlework to artists across the country and in this class, she’ll help you get your start in the classic art of embroidery. You’ll learn:

  • A brief the history of hand embroidery
  • How to choose your needles, thread, fabric, and hoops
  • The right way to start a hoop sampler
  • A variety of essential stitches
Lisa will help you master the basic straight and back stitches, satin stitch, French knot, lazy daisy, chain stitch, feather stitch, and blanket stitch.

Introduction to Embroidery with Lisa Shaffer will give you the skills you need to start creating your very own needlework designs.