Beading 101–Ladder Stitch Tutorial

A Free LadFree Beading Tutorial--Ladder Stitchder Stitch Tutorial

The purpose of this post is to provide a free ladder stitch tutorial for beaders. Prior to the actual ladder stitch tutorial, I thought you would find it helpful if I provided some information on the stitch. The ladder can be used alone. It is also the foundation for other bead stitch techniques like the brick stitch or herringbone stitch. Once you have created a beaded ladder like the one shown in this free ladder stitch tutorial, then you can move on to the other stitches.

 

 Notes:

  • To make it easier for you to see the tutorial, I did  two things.
    • The first thing I did was used  large seed beads (6/0)
    • The second thing I did was is doubling over the thread. (Typically the stitch is worked using a single thread.)
  • The thread tension should be tight and that all the beads worked sit snug.

Stitch Tutorial

First step–Thread needle and pick up two beads leaving a tail of four inches.

Tail (defn.) is the thread below the first bead you picked up.

Free Ladder Stitch Tutorial--Step 1 Pick up two beads.

Second step–Pass  the needle up through the bottom of the first bead you picked up.
Free Ladder Stitch Tutorial--Step 2 --Pass up through the bottom of the first bead
Third step–Pass the needle down through the top of the second bead. Make sure to pull tight so that the beads are snug together and they sit side-by-side.
Free Ladder Stitch Tutorial--Step 3--pass down through the second bead picked up

Fourth step–Pick up one bead and pass down through the top of the previous bead.

Free Ladder Stitch Tutorial--Step 4--Pick up one bead. Pass through the top of the previous bead

Fifth step–Pass up through the bottom of the bead just added.

Free Beading Tutorial on the Ladder Stitch--Step 5--pass through the bead just added

Sixth step–You will continue working the ladder stitch picking up one bead at a time until you have achieve the desired number of beads in your ladder stitch chain.

Free Beading Tutorial on the Ladder Stitch--Step 6--Continue working until you have created the desired legnth

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