Cloud filling stitch or Mexican stitch is a quick filling stitch where thread is laced in the shape of letter V or wave like pattern through a grid of short running / straight stitches.
Uses of cloud filling stitch
As the name suggests, it is a filling stitch and can be used if large areas of the pattern have to be filled fast.
If an area in the embroidery design has to be covered in a gradient of colors, this is an easy stitch for you.
Cloud stitch tutorial
A grid of short straight stitches is first stitched. Make sure the grid is as perfect as possible to prevent the cloud filling stitch from looking distorted. Even weave fabric is recommended for beginning embroiders.
To make this grid, stitch rows of vertical running stitches. Also note how the stitches are placed in brick like pattern.
Two rows of the grid are laced first.
Come up just to the side of first straight stitch on the first row. Then pass the needle through the straight stitch.
Now go to the second row of straight stitches and lace through a stitch there.
Now come back to the first row and lace through one stitch.
Now go back again to the second row and lace through a stitch there.
Once the line is done, pierce the fabric with the needle and go down and come back up like shown below.
Now start the return journey by lacing through the second and third row of grid/ base. Use blunt needle for this weaving if you find that the needle is picking the fabric’s thread.
Continue like this for all lines.
Since I wanted to fill with a gradient of the same color, I used darker shades of the same color in successive lines.
The reverse side of the fabric looks like this.
Easy and pretty filling stitch that can be a great fine motor skill exercise for young kids. This stitch is so easy that new embroiders can cover a lot of space quickly.
You can make the grid closely knit by placing the base stitches closer to each other.