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Three reasons to love daisy chain stitch


Daisy chain doesn’t always get a lot of love in the beading world. In its most basic form — a chain of dainty flowers made of seed beads — the look can be somewhat juvenile and reminiscent of simple beading projects from the 1970s. Not that there’s anything wrong with that! But today’s beader is relatively more sophisticated than they were four decades ago, having been spoiled by complex designs and modern color palettes.


My Petite Delights ornament, which will be in our Beaded Ornaments & Jewelry special issue, starts off with a band of daisy chain around the center.

But wait! Daisy chain is actually a pretty awesome stitch and I have used it several times over the years, most recently in an ornament project that is in our upcoming Beaded Ornaments & Jewelry special issue. In fact, I’ve used it in three ornaments and a bracelet and I don’t think it comes across as juvenile at all in these designs. I found it kind of interesting that I’ve used daisy chain so much, so I thought I would share with you the reasons why I love this technique.

My "Petals and pearls" ornament is made up almost entirely of daisy chain — accented by strands of twisted fringe.
It's fast

I admit to not being the most patient person in the world, and I sometimes get a little antsy when doing projects in which you usually pick up only one bead at a time (I’m looking at you, brick stitch!). So daisy chain is a great choice for me, because while the exact number of beads you pick up at a time varies based on the project, you’re generally picking up half the beads for a daisy unit in each stitch. Also, the thread path is very efficient, so you don’t end up having to do a lot of extra maneuvering to get set up for the next stitch.

Sue Sloan created this delicate necklace in daisy chain, integrating the focal point into the overall design. This design was originally published in the February, 2008, issue of Bead&Button magazine.
It's versatile
Daisy chain is based on units instead of individual beads and those units can be made up of a variety of different bead types and counts. You can also mix it up, using more than one size or type of bead in the outer ring or switching out the center beads. And it doesn’t have to be just a chain, either. If you work several rows of it, you can create pendants, earrings, or who knows what else with this technique. Plus, you can add shaping by changing the connection points. See, there are lots of ways you can customize this stitch!

Stephanie Eddy’s “Fuchsia trellis bracelet” is fun and colorful — and you’d never know it was daisy chain.

It's fun!

Maybe it’s just the way my brain works, but I really like the way daisy chain goes together. In my upcoming “Petite delights,” for instance, you pick up five 11/0s and a 3 mm, and then you sew back through the first 11/0. Then you pick up three 11/0s, and sew through the last 11/0 you picked up before the 3 mm to complete the unit. It’s a little circuitous and non-linear and maybe somewhat unexpected but I really enjoy it and get a great sense of satisfaction from it.

Do you have a favorite stitch or beading technique? Tell us about it!

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