A stitch type found in most handworking techniques including crochet, knitting, embroidery, drawn thread work. The lines of ladder stitches can be made within a work or used to join two pieces of work together.

The ladder of Jacobs dream that reaches all the way to heaven, typically of much handstitching a narrative rife with symbolism.

In the Bible, the book of Genesis tells the story of Jacob, who on his flight away from his brother Esau dreams of this ladder.

In patchwork, the Jacob’s ladder design is created when blocks of two colours or patterns are sewn side by side giving the appearance of pathways. These are set diagonally across the work in trellis formation; the squares thus formed can be designed to be in very simple quarter blocks or with complex motifs, each one a work of art.

Bruce Springsteen : “We are climbing Jacobs ladder”

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