Detached Chain Stitch

Schematic drawing of the detached chaIn stitch. Schematic drawing of the detached chaIn stitch. Drawing by Martin Hense.

The detached chain stitch is a form of free style embroidery, which can be used to create one or more isolated small loops on the surface of the ground material.

The stitch is made by the thread emerging through the ground cloth and then being held down a little to the left with the left thumb. The needle is re-inserted at the exact spot where it came out, so creating a loop. The needle then re-emerges a little further away at the required length of the stitch, but on the inside of the loop. The needle and thread are then drawn through the loop and inserted into the ground cloth close to where it came out, but making sure that it is on the outside of the loop. This action creates a small stitch that holds the loop in place.

Also known as: daisy stitch, detached daisy stitch, detached lazy daisy stitch, knotted knot stitch, lazy daisy stitch, loop stitch, picot stitch, tail chain stitch, tied loop stitch.

Source: THOMAS, Mary (1934). Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches, London: Hodder and Stoughton, pp. 71-72.


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