cloud filling stitch
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Stitch Fun – Cloud Filling

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stitch sampler for hand embroidery

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Cloud Filling Stitch

This stitch can be used as a filling stitch on medium to large areas. It creates a light lacy pattern. It is best worked on even weave fabric so that you can space the stitches evenly.

Where to stitch…

There is a nice sized space next to the burden stitch square (lower right quarter of the circle) which is perfect to fill in with cloud filling.

Since I am not using an even weave fabric, I marked guidelines on the fabric (small dots using a frixion pen) to try and make it as neat and even as possible.

The guidelines can be worked close to each other or spaced apart but they should be worked evenly regardless.

I spaced the dots about 0.5mm apart and the second row of dots are in between the previous row (not directly below). If you look at the stitch when complete this makes more sense!

Start Stitching…

For the foundation stitches (vertical running stitch) I used 2 strands in orange.

Once you have made your guidelines – stitch over these with vertical running stitch.

I didn’t worry about being too neat or even (as you can see!) but if this were an actual design I would have been much more careful.

Next, choose a contrasting thread for the next part…

On the top row – bring the thread up on the inside of the vertical stitch and then weave it down and up through the vertical stitches to complete the first row.

The needle only enters the fabric at the start and end the row – the rest of the time it is weaved through the running stitches on top of the fabric. Use a Tapestry needle to stop the thread from being split as you weave through.

For the next row, weave the thread down through the row beneath and up through the row just weaved (the loops meet each other on the way back.)

This forms the diamond pattern as you go.

When you come to the end of the second row, take the needle back through the fabric ready to start the same process for the next row.

Continue in this way to fill the space…

It’s not neat or even but I still think the effect is really nice.

If it looks a bit messy on the sides you can cheat a bit and add a couple of stitches in where necessary to even it up like I did here…

The black arrows show where I added a stitch to make it look a bit more filled…

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Happy Stitching!

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