Hi Everyone! Susan here today with a tutorial on hand-stitching. I love the look of hand-sewing & embroidery on both my cards and layouts, and wanted to show you an easy way to hand-stitch words onto your own paper projects.
Start by printing out the word you'd like to include on your project, in the font and font size that will work best. (I used 'amelie' font at 150 pts).
Gently tape the corners of the paper down over the cardstock that you'd like to stitch onto.
Use a paper piercer to pierce holes along the printed word, at even intervals (keep in mind tht your interval hole length will dictate your stitch length). I like to use a craft mat under my cardstock while I'm piercing holes.
Once entire word is "pierced" gently pull up template paper to reveal stitching pattern on cardstock.
Using a large embroidery needle, and embroidery floss, start to stitch word using a backstitch stitching technique. Secure end of floss to backside of cardstock using a small piece of tape. Then make first stitch, and bring needle back up through second side of second stitch.
"Backstitch" by threading needle and floss BACK THROUGH previous hole as shown.
Continue on along word, and stitching holes.
Until entire word is stitched! Secure end of floss to backside of other end of word using a small piece of tape.
Trim your stitched word from your cardstock anyway that you like and include it on a card or layout!