The daisy chain is often one of the first bead stitches children learn because it is easy, quick, and fun. It doesn't take any special materials other than a needle, thread, and beads. Almost any bead size and type can be used, as the number of daisy petals can be adjusted to fit around whichever size bead you're using for the daisy centers. Round beads will form a nicer flower than cylinder beads. Moreover, the stitch will work with most bead thread, as long as it can pass through the beads multiple times.
Daisy chains make great bracelets, anklets, necklaces, chains for eyeglasses, purse straps, and more. They're a great way to use a variety of colors from bead mixes, and you can even choose to make daisies with multicolored petals. This tutorial shows you two different ways to make daisy chains. The first style has daisies that are interconnected where each flower runs into the next one. The second version has distinct flowers. Try out each variety, customized with your favorite colors, or make some to give away as personalized gifts.
Equipment / Tools
- Beading needle
- Beads (in the size and type of your choosing)
- Bead thread
Start the Daisy Chain Stitch
First, cut your thread. The amount of bead thread you need will depend on the preferred finished length of your chain. This tutorial uses an arm's length of thread, which typically is the right size for a bracelet.
Next, pick up six petal beads on your needle, and slide them down the thread leaving a 6-inch tail. Stitch through the first bead to make a circle.
Make a Circle with the Beads
Pull the thread tight to form a loop.
Add a Bead Center to the Daisy
Pick up a bead for the center of the daisy, and slide it down to the beadwork. Skip two beads, and insert your needle into the third bead. For this stitch, put your needle in from the bottom of the bead, so the thread comes out the top.
Complete the First Daisy Stitch
Pull the thread and guide the bead, so it is centered in the ring of beads. Pull the thread tight. Now you are in a position to start the next daisy stitch.
Start the Second Daisy Stitch
Pick up four of the petal beads. Pass your needle through the bead underneath the one you were exiting in the previous step, inserting your needle from the bottom of the bead as shown in the picture below. It is important that you insert your needle in this bottom bead because that makes the connection between the daisies stronger.
Add a Daisy Center
Pick up one bead for the center of the second flower. As you did previously, count two beads from the bead you are exiting. Pass your needle through the third bead, inserting the needle from the bottom of the bead.
Continue Adding Daisies
Pull snugly, so the bead just added centers itself in the ring. Then, continue adding more daisies using the same method you did for the second daisy stitch until the chain reaches your desired length. Knot the ends, or add a clasp if you wish.
Daisy Chain Variation
When you are making interconnected daisies like the previous tutorial, it can be hard to tell one daisy from another. So this next daisy chain stitch variation makes individual flowers connected by two petals in the middle. This daisy chain uses six petal beads per stitch, rather than the four petal beads you used for the previous tutorial. Furthermore, this daisy chain looks best when you use at least two different colors for the daisy petals.
Start the Daisy Chain With 1 Petal Color
Cut your bead thread to your preferred length, leaving a 6-inch tail. Then, start with a circle of six petal beads in one color. Pick up a center bead, and secure it in place by skipping two beads and stitching up through the third bead. Gently pull so the daisy beads are snug.
Join the Next Daisy Flower
Pick up two beads in your preferred petal color for the next daisy on the chain. Attach them by stitching through the bead underneath where your thread is exiting and the bead from which your thread is exiting. This forms a ladder stitch. Complete the stitch by going back through the two new petal beads (the yellow beads in this tutorial).
Add Petals to the Daisy
Pick up four more petal beads for the second flower, and make a circle by stitching into the first of the two beads from the ladder stitch. Don't stitch through both beads, as this will make the flowers uneven. Pull the circle tight.
Add a Center Bead to the Daisy
Pick up a center bead, skip two petal beads, and stitch into the next bead. Be sure to continue to stitch in the same direction as the previous stitch. Pull tight.
Add Petals for the Next Flower
Pick up two petal beads for the next flower, and add them using a ladder stitch. Then, pick up four more beads, make a circle by stitching through the first of the two beads, add a center bead, and stitch across the circle through the bead on the opposite side. Continue adding daisies in this method, and before you know it you will have a fabulous and fun daisy stitch bead chain.