Chain stitch is an embroidery basic that can be used as an outlining as well as a filling stitch. Individual chain stitches are known as ‘lazy daisy’ as they are commonly used to form flower petals. You can work this stitch with the fabric taut in an embroidery hoop, in which case you pass the needle up and down through the fabric using a stabbing motion. Alternatively, you can also work without a hoop, completing each chain stitch in a single motion. When filling, stitch following the contours of the shape. You can vary the size of each chain stitch when filling an area to achieve either a denser or more open effect.