The first recorded Witch’s Ladder was found in a house in Wellington, Somerset, UK in 1887. This tool was used for ritual or craft work.
Traditionally, the witch's ladder is made with red, white and black yarn, and then nine different colored feathers woven in. But you can use yarn colors that have a significance to you or any kind of ribbon or cording you'd like. You don't have to use feathers, you can use instead beads, buttons, bits of wood, shells, or other items you might have.
To make your basic witch's ladder - cut 3 pieces of yarn, each approximately a yard long. Take all 3 pieces of yarn and tie a knot so they are all together and begin braiding your yarn and as you go add and tie your bead, feather, shell or other item. Secure each bead and continue braiding until you have done all nine beads/items and have completed the string.
As you tie the beads to the yarn/cord you might want to chant the following incantation as you tie your nine objects to the yarn. Focus your intent & goal into the knots, beads and yarn as you tie the knots, your energy will be stored into each of the knots and beads.
By knot of one, the spell's begun.
By knot of two, the magic comes true.
By knot of three, so it shall be.
By knot of four, this power is stored.
By knot of five, my will shall drive.
By knot of six, the spell I fix.
By knot of seven, the future I leaven.
By knot of eight, my will be fate.
By knot of nine, what is done is mine.
When you get to the end of your Witch's ladder tie all 3 yarns again like you did in the beginning or you can tie the two ends together to create a circle if you wish. That's it your Witch ladder is ready to be hung and used in your workings.