I start by handwriting my word with a pencil.
Using my handwriting as my guide, I used my paper piercer to pierce holes along my writing. Piercing the holes before the actual sewing process makes the handstitching a lot easier to do. Make sure you have a piercing mat behind your paper or else you'll end up with holes in your workspace!
Time to stitch! I like to use DMC embroidery thread. It is 6-ply (meaning there are six strands in one), and I normally separate them to however thickness I want. In this case, I wanted my word to be fairly thick so I used 4-ply.
Voila! I find handstitching to be pretty relaxing to do and I like how it adds a little bit of extra texture to my page.
You can see how I used my handstitched circle on my layout here. Lots of Studio Calico Wanderlust and Lemonlush goodies for this page! I love the bright colors in these collections. I also love using gold geotags - perfect embellishment for my travel layouts :)
Color Theory; stamps - Kelly Purkey for Studio Calico; stickers - Studio Calico; geotag - Studio Calico; flair - Kelly Purkey Sketchbook; inkpads - Versafine, Color Theory (Mint Hint, Emerald City); pen - Muji