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ladder stitch

an embroidery stitch in which crossbars at equal distances are produced between two solid ridges of raised work.
Origin of ladder stitch
1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • ladder-stitch occurs in the cusped shapes framing certain flowers in Illustration 72, embroidered all in blue silk on linen.

    Art in Needlework Lewis F. Day
  • Any design that is uniformly narrow can be carried out in ladder-stitch.

  • 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 Lewis F. Day

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