- Invisible ladder stitch
- Ladder Stitch
Slip stitch is a useful hidden stitch for applying one fabric to another invisibly or attaching two fabrics together
Unsurprisingly, given its eminently functional nature, slip stitch has been used for thousands of years. Excavations in the Sinai desert in the Middle East have found textiles from the 9th-8th centuries BCE which feature the stitch.
Fold the top fabric and create a crease along the folded edge. Thread a curved needle with your choice of thread and tie a knot in the end.
Secure with two holding stitches in the base fabric hidden under the edge of the top fabric.
When creating the second holding stitch, ensure to bring the needle out of the base fabric in line with the creased folded edge of the top fabric.
Lay the thread onto the top fabric at 90º to the crease and take the needle into the crease just behind the laid thread.
Draw the thread through, lay the thread on the base fabric at 90º to the folded crease, take the curved needle through the base fabric just behind the laid thread and out a little further along in line with the creased edge.
Aim to achieve an equal stitch length to the previous stitch
Structure of stitch
Gay Eaton, Wessex Stitchery (2000)
Avigail Sheffer.Amalia Tidhar. (1991) 'Textiles and Basketry at Kuntillat ‘Ajrud', Atiqot pp.1-26 . Available at: https://www.jstor.org/stable/23457650