Today I'd like to share a little tutorial on hand-stitching. Sometimes, I like the extra texture and home-made appeal of a hand-stitched word or pattern on my layouts. For this layout, I wanted the word "heart" in the title to pop:
To create the hand-stitched word, I first found a font I liked (Kunstler Script) and printed it out on copier paper.
I then roughly cut out the word and placed it where I wanted the hand-stitching on my page:
Next, using a paper-piercer, I punched holes at roughly quarter- to eighth-inch intervals for my stitches:
Now, I could start stiching! I used a variation of a backstitch for the letters. Here is the work mid-progress:
A few minutes later, and I was finished!
In places where the paper was raised because of the needle, I used my fingernail to push it down and clean up the holes.
After adding a few letter stickers to finish up the title, I was done!
Depending on the size of your lettering or pattern, hand-stitching may take some time, but I think it is well worth it. And it's such an easy way to add something special to your project.
If you've done some hand-stitching recently, we'd love to see it! You can post to our Facebook group and share with the other Nesters.