The Ladder Stitch

The Ladder Stitch is another pretty method of working bars or double lines often used in ornamental embroidery. Trace first the outlines as seen in illustration below; mark also the cross stitches between the outlines, so that the first touch the outlines only at both ends. Cover each line with a narrow Button-hole stitch, made over a cord or outline, the loop sides toward each other. Then connect the lines at regular intervals with an Overcast Stitch, or with a fine Outline stitch, placed straight across in ladder fashion. Some embroiderers prefer to use the overcast stitch or double overcast stitch in place of the button-hole stitch.

Illustration of embroidery Ladder Stitch.

The material between the rungs of the ladder is then carefully cut away.

This stitch is used in lace work, as well as in heavier forms of embroidery.

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