Ladder stitch (pulled thread)
- Jacob's ladder stitch
- Hem stitch - Ladder
Begin with a couple of holding stitches, then work an even backstitch pulling the thread to create holes between each stitch.
Lay a couching thread down each side of the back stitch and attach at the top with a small stitch.
Bring the needle up in the first hole and stitch over the first backstitch with good tension.
Bring the needle up in the fabric to the right of the first hole and stitch over the laid thread by taking the needle back down into the first hole.
Bring the needle up in the second hole and stitch over the backstitch above, again with good tension.
Continue securing the laid thread on the right side in the same way to the end of the area.
Repeat this pattern down the left hand side.
Plunge the couching thread neatly at the bottom of the back stitch.
Structure of stitch
Effectively a back stitch pulled with enough tension to open the fabric threads between each stitch. As the the back stitch is in progress the needle is taken off to the side to couch down an outline at the same time.
Identifying Ladder stitch (pulled thread)
Two parallel rows of thread applied to each side of a back stitch base to create a decorative beaded effect known as a ladder stitch.
Mary Thomas, Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches (1934) , p.114