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Do you know the ladder stitch?

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Happy Fall! Or what we like to call Sweater and Stitching and Finishing Weather. Today, to help you finish like a pro, we'd like to introduce (or reacquaint) you with the ladder stitch.

Ladder Stitch

The ladder or blind stitch is a fabulous one for your repertoire. You can use it to invisibly close up the seam of a pillow or pincushion. Or to join two pieces together like the front and back of a flat ornament. I was reminded of how handy it was during our pumpkin spice tuffet class, where students sewed fabric covered matboard to a top piece in order to make the pincushion.

The ladder stitch is very simple. Basically, you make what looks like a ladder with stitches that go back and forth between the two sides. Most of the stitching is underneath the top fabric layers so you can't see anything but the "rungs." Eventually you'll pull the thread tight so that you don't see the rungs either. Don't pull too tight though, or the fabric will pucker. This photo does an excellent job of showing how to do the stitch. If you're more of a video learner, there are loads of tutorials on YouTube for you. 


We would love to invite you to the shop for a cozy class this fall!

Pear Finishing class with Monica Sunday, October 22 @1:00

Learn how to make a pear-shaped pincushion in a stress-free way using quilting fabric

Embroidered ornament class with Kelsey Friday, October 27 @ 6:00 pm

Stitch a Woodland Wreath ornament inspired by the local native plants that bring color to the forest in winter. Choose from one of three designs - Eastern Hemlock, Juniper or Winterberry

Proddy Sunflowers with Teri Sunday @ November 12, 1:00

Join us on Sunday Nov 11 to make proddy sunflowers. No experience or green thumb necessary!

Day-long Stitching Retreat, Cranberry Township PA, November 4

Join us in Cranberry Township, PA (only 2 hours from the Cleveland area) for some stitching fun. Click on the link for more information and to register.



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