Ladder Stitch

Use this basic stitch as a base for a variety of projects. 

Ladder Stitch:

Basic Bead Ladder:


1) Thread your needle with a comfortable length of your preferred thread.  Pick up two beads and slide them down until you have a 6 inch tail.
2) Hold the beads in place with one hand, and use the other to stitch back up through both beads.  Pull tight.
 

3) Make sure that the beads are sitting side-by-side and the threads are snug.  Pick up one bead.  Stitch up through the bead that the working thread is exiting, and pull tight. 
 

4) Hold the first two beads securely with one hand and make sure that all the threads are snug.  Stitch down into the bead just added and pull tight.
 

5) Pick up one bead, and stitch through the last bead added, following the thread path as before.  Pull snug, and stitch down into the new bead.
 

6) Continue adding beads in this manner until he chain is the desired length.
 

 

Bead Ladder Ring:

1) Create a basic bead ladder.

2) Sew the ladder into a ring by stitching up through the first bead in the row.

3) Stitch back down through the previous bead and pull tight.

4) Stitch back into the first bead, and down into the next bead in the row to secure the ring.  Pull tight.

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