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Detached chain stitch

  • Lazy daisy stitch
  • Single chain stitch
  • Daisy Stitch
  • Link powdering stitch
  • Picot stitch
  • Loop stitch
  • Washable knot stitch
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​A detached chain stitch is a single chain secured using a holding stitch over the loop instead of another chain.  For a slightly different version, see long-tailed daisy stitch.

For more background see the entry for chain stitch.

Detached chain stitch is generously sponsored by Elizabeth Hewitt



Take the needle up through the fabric where you wish the pointed tip of the shape to be.


Take the needle back down through the fabric, through the same hole, creating a loop on the surface. Hold onto the loop to avoid pulling it through.


Decide on the length you would like the stitch to be and bring the needle up in the inside of the loop at this point.


Leave your needle in the fabric and draw the thread through to tighten the loop against the needle.


Take the needle over the loop then down through the fabric to make a small holding stitch to secure it.

Detached chain stitch

Structure of stitch


  • Mrs Archibald Christie, Samplers and Stitches (1921) , p.40
  • Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches (1934) , p.71–2
  • Jacqui McDonald, RSN Essential Stitch Guides: Crewelwork (2010)