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Square ladder stitch

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Square Turquoise colored beads with golden seed beads all wrapped up to make a Ladder stitch bracelet. Silver button highlights the double wrap.


Gray cording, square turquoise color beads, gold seed beads, golden Nemo thread & silver button.

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    LOVE, love, love this!
    Awesome design and arrangement of components! Very cool button too!

    If I may ask, how do you get the seed beads to stay in place, in a nice straight line? Mine seem to want to float around no matter how tight I make the thread. Thank you!

  2. Elis Mom
    Elis Mom says:

    Love this and wish I had the patience! These are all the rage here, but I just can’t get into it!

  3. Retro By Design
    Retro By Design says:

    @ Mary…I do my bracelets on a clip board and have the cording stretched out taunt with a clip holding it at the bottom. If I do a double length I use a regular size clip board and if I am doing a single I use a small clip board. I think that helps to keep the seed beads tight. Also I make sure my thread is tight with every stitch.

  4. NY Bella
    NY Bella says:

    Love this! Great colors! Fab button!

  5. Asia
    Asia says:

    Love this one and your buttons are always beautiful :D

  6. foxhill designs vt
    foxhill designs vt says:

    Love the look of the square beads in the wrap bracelet. How many strands of thread are you using?

  7. Retro By Design
    Retro By Design says:

    I use 2 strands or double thread for these bracelets.

  8. Retro By Design
    Retro By Design says:

    And the buttons are my favorite part of these designs…

  9. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Really nice! Love the colors. I just got 2 differnt kinds of flat Czech glass beads today (b-day present) and then you posted this. So I guess my next project is learn the ladder stitch. I’m glad you also posted some tips about the clipboard.

  10. Retro By Design
    Retro By Design says:

    @ deb…I also mark on my clipboard where I would stop for a size medium wrist, large etc…that way you do not hav to stop & try it on to see the size. :)

  11. KatsAllThat
    KatsAllThat says:

    I so want to try doing one of these..really lovely.

  12. Valley Girl
    Valley Girl says:

    Love the square beads in this and what a great button choice!

  13. sunny chick
    sunny chick says:

    Love it! :D

  14. KatKanDo
    KatKanDo says:

    Where do I find the step by step instructions?

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    Mary - Sweet Chick says:

    @KatKanDo. Go to the “Create and learn” section at the top of the page and in the drop down there is a link to “tips and techniques.” There is an easy tute on learning the ladder stitch along with lots of other cool tips. :-)
    Hope this helps!

  16. gembeans
    gembeans says:

    Love it, love it, love it! And believe me, if I can do this, anyone can. I’m going to have to make one using this style!

  17. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    This is just gorgeous! Here’s another technique to put on my “to do” list (which is getting mighty long.)

    Love it! :D

  18. Cathy H Chocolate Chick
    Cathy H Chocolate Chick says:

    Love this! I really like the seed beads with the square beads – great combination!

  19. Sonali
    Sonali says:

    Very pretty!

  20. Retro By Design
    Retro By Design says:

    Thanks everyone…these are a lot of fun to do. I am going to try to do some with larger beads that graduate to smaller beads. And practice makes perfect too!!! My first ones that I did turned out very loose & twisted! You all can do this!

  21. T Wojciehowski
    T Wojciehowski says:

    Love this style, thanks for posting so much info on how to do. Is the cording cotton or leather? Also love the button, I used this same one to make a ring now I want to make a bracelet like this to go with. Those shank buttons work so great for jewelry projects.

  22. Retro By Design
    Retro By Design says:

    The cording is cotton & I find it works quite well with this. Also if you notice I start the thread pretty close up to the shank button using the ladder stitch. I have seen it done where the cord is knotted by the button but I prefer not to do it like that. Best of luck on your design. If you have any questions my email address is

  23. Michelle
    Michelle says:

    Very, very nice !

  24. Frida
    Frida says:

    I love it!!

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    J HARLOW says:

    where did you find the square turquoise beads, are they glass or gemstone?

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