from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An embroidery-stitch in which cross-bars at equal distances are produced between two solid ridges Of raised work.
  • noun A stitch by which a row of crosses is produced, the effect of the whole being a continuous line or ridge of the silk or thread, with short cross-bars at regular intervals projecting at both sides.


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  • The difference between the working of the lattice-like band at H, and ladder-stitch G, is that, having completed your first triangle, you make, by buttonholing a stitch, a second triangle pointing the other way, which completes a rectangular shape.

    Art in Needlework A Book about Embroidery

  • There is, however, a two-edged variety known as ladder-stitch, shown in the two horn shapes on the sampler, Illustration 22.

    Art in Needlework A Book about Embroidery

  • In order to make your ladder-stitch (G) square at the end, you begin by making a bar of the width the stitch is to be.

    Art in Needlework A Book about Embroidery

  • A place near our house had a sale on yarn, so I got some very bright, multi-colored ribbon yarn and knit a ladder-stitch scarf for Sluggo’s mom.

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