How to work Cloud Filling Stitch

Cloud filling sample 1Cloud Filling stitch,  at first looks like a ho-hum filler but if you add it to your skill set I am sure you will find it  is amazingly useful.

This stitch is quick, easy to work, simple (as I have taught it to children) and adaptable for all sorts of stitching situations.

If you change the threads can be very interesting and give a contemporary twist to a classic stitch. I have used it on things like Christmas decorations, crazy quilting to block in areas, cushions and bags in a simple band with a few beads, and even as a band for a border stitch!

The grid that you lay down first is traditionally a simple straight stitch but if you want to take it into the realm of contemporary embroidery you can use other stitches.

Cloud filling sample 3For instance I have used detached chain stitch as the foundations stitches in the sample above. Other stitches you can use are bullions, block of straight stitches or even things like beads. Anything that will act as tie for the lacing will work.

Cloud filling sample 2

If the contemporary touch is your style you can also add beads in the spaces between the laced thread.

How to work Cloud Filling Stitch

This stitch is usually worked on evenweave fabric and count the threads to keep the foundations stitches evenly spaced.

Cloud filling step 1Work lines of small vertical straight stitches in a grid like manner with every alternate row off set as in the illustration. Do not work these stitches too tight as you will be threading another thread under these stitches.

Cloud filling step 2Thread your second thread in a blunt needle. You can use the same thread, or a thread of a different colour or thickness.

Bring your needle up on the top row as illustrated. Pass the needle under the first stitch and pull it through then pass the needle under the first stitch on the row below and pull it through.

Cloud filling step 3Note you are not taking the needle through the fabric but threading the thread under the foundation stitches.

Cloud filling step 4Continue in this up and down manner until the row is laced.

Cloud filling step 5The second row of lacing is the mirror image of the first.

Cloud filling step 6Continue this lacing row upon row until the area is done.
I hope you enjoy the stitch.

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Woven Cross Stitch

hand embroidery band sampler detail 722Woven Cross Stitch is also known as cross stitch flower and Interwoven Cross Stitch. No matter the name, Woven Cross Stitch very addictive. It is also one of those stitches that looks a bit ho hum until you work a sample and then you realise how much potential it has. The stitch look like a full bodied cross and looks fantastic with a bead in the middle. You can switch threads half way through the process to use two different colour threads. Experimenting with different threads can lead to some interesting results – for instance it looks great as little flowers when you work it using silk ribbon. Woven Cross Stitch can be used as a flower motif worked along a vine like line or arranged in geometric arrangements to create interesting patterns and fills. Since it is a form of cross stitch you can adapt many cross stitch patterns for this stitch. As a general rule of thumb 4 cross stitches arranged in a square is equal to one Woven cross stitch worked over the same area. The sample above is worked in hand dyed wool on 26 cnt linen

How to work Woven cross stitch or Cross stitch Flower

Woven cross stitch step 1Woven cross stitch is two crossed stitches worked on top of each other with the uppermost cross woven to the bottom cross. It sounds complicated but it not! Start as you would if you were working a regular cross stitch.

Woven cross stitch step 3Next make a third diagonal straight stitch in the same direction as the first stitch you made.

Woven cross stitch step 2Bring your thread out to make the fourth straight stitch but instead of simply moving across and taking your needle down through the fabric, weave the needle through the two bars. Take the needle through and to the back of the fabric as illustrated.

Woven cross stitch step 4That’s it! A simple, quick and very effective stitch. Particularly if you experiment with the thread you use. Crazy quilt template set 2

Have you seen my Stitchers Templates?

As someone who loves crazy quilting and embroidery I designed these templates with other stitchers in mind. With my templates you can create hundreds of different patterns to apply to your stitching and crazy quilting projects. They are easy to use, totally clear so you can position them easily and they are compact in your sewing box. Templates set 1 you will find here 

Templates set 2 you will find here  a tangle of pins

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Arrow or Arrowhead stitch

Arrowhead Stitch sample 10There are two varieties of Arrowhead stitch that are listed in various stitch books. One is a horizontal version and one is vertical. The vertical version is sometimes called Upright Arrow or both versions can be called simply Arrow stitch. The Horizontal version is also known as Zig Zag stitch.

Both varieties are a good example of an easy quick stitch. The geometric structure leads to much pleasure, as Arrow stitch can be arranged in numerous patterns which can be used for borders or fills.

This is a good stitch for children and beginners.

How to work Arrowhead Stitch

Arrowhead Stitch step 1Horizontal Arrow stitch is made up of a line of straight stitches worked at right angels to each other in a zig zag formation.

Arrowhead Stitch step 2Work from left to right along 2 imaginary lines, building line as illustrated.

Arrowhead Stitch step 3As you can see this stitch can be built into patterns if you work row upon row.

Arrowhead Stitch sample2Or you can work lines back to back

Arrowhead Stitch sample 3Add more lines to those

Arrowhead Stitch sample 4Overlap lines that are worked at different scale.

Arrowhead Stitch sample 5Combine upright and horizontal Arrowhead stitch

Arrowhead Stitch sample 6Then build more on that pattern too!

Arrowhead Stitch sample 7You can also use this stitch to couch on a ribbon!

Arrowhead Stitch sample 8

How to work Upright Arrowhead stitch

Arrowhead Stitch upright 2arrow-upright2Upright Arrowhead stitch is equally easy and quick to work making it an ideal stitch for beginners and children.

This stitch consists of a pair of straight stitches worked at right angles to each other.

Work down the line between 2 imaginary lines, building up the pattern in the manner illustrated.

As with horizontal Arrowhead stitch the geometric nature of this stitch means you can easily build up patterns and designs with this stitch. You can use it for both a border stitch or as a filling stitch.

I like to use it in contemporary work in a improvisational manner too!

Arrowhead Stitch sample 9

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