|The layout. The word "bestie" in the title is what I hand-stitched.|
|The negative from the cut. It said "besties" originally, but I cut off the "s" to accommodate for this page.|
|I traced the word onto the paper in pencil.|
|Using a paper piercer (and a mousepad underneath), I poked holes along the word where I wanted to stitch. Be sure to poke a little closer as you go along curves so they come out looking correct.|
|Using a needle and 3 strands of thread, I stitched along the outline of the word.|
|The final result!|
If you're interested in starting stitching, but it kinda scares you, Amy Tan has some great stitching stencil kits that come with stencils, a needle, thread and a mat...everything you need! I haven't seen them for sale anywhere yet, but she blogged about them recently. Check it out!