Ladder stitch that is great for borders and edges but also can be worked in a free form and chunky manner to create some great effects.
I have worked this sample in hand dyed perle 5 thread on linen. I used the thread of the linen as a guide for the stitch but you may find it useful to mark 2 parallel lines which can act as a guide. As usual make sure you use a dissolvable pen (these can be purchased in quilting shops)
How to work Ladder Stitch
Work Ladder stitch in a vertical line down your piece.
Bring your thread to the front of your fabric on the left side of the line you plan to work and make a straight horizontal stitch across the width of line, taking your thread to back on the right.
Bring your thread to the front of the fabric just above and to the left from where it entered the fabric.
Make a small diagonal stitch, over the straight stitch. It will make a small small cross stitch, and in the process taking the needle to the back of the fabric.
Bring your needle from the back just below where you started to stitch on the left hand side.
Slide your needle under the horizontal stitch.
Pull your needle through to form your first edge.
Take your needle across to the right side and slide the needle under the crossed stitch as illustrated.
Pull the needle through to form a loop on the edge.
Take the needle to the back of the fabric just below the loop but on the line.
On the left hand side bring your needle out below the previous stitch but on the vertical line.
Slide your needle under the thread from right to left as illustrated.
Take your needle across to the right hand side, and slide the needle from right to left under the loop as illustrated.
Continue in this manner down the line.
As you can see the stitch form a broad line. This line can be wavy, and follow a gradual curve. You can also lace ribbon and interesting threads through the rungs of the ladder.
I hope you enjoy Ladder stitch!
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