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Ladder Stitch

Extract from Whitework Embroidery • By Ayako Otsuka • Published by Search Press


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15 mins

Whitework Embroidery
This method creates a ladder-shaped lace filling. Its simplicity and light finish make this stitch a popular choice for both open work and edge stitching. Use a tapestry or blunt-ended needle for this technique.

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  • How to stitch . Ladder Stitch - Step 1
    Step 1

    Using a base of Hedebo buttonhole stitch, insert the needle a few stitches along, from back to front (three stitches away in this example).

  • How to stitch . Ladder Stitch - Step 2
    Step 2

    Pull the thread to create a loop. Insert the needle into the loop from back to front.

  • How to stitch . Ladder Stitch - Step 3
    Step 3

    Pull the thread to complete one stitch. The method is the same as Hedebo buttonhole stitch. The difference is in the spacing.

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