Hello, ahoy-hoy and welcome.
If you're visiting from shimelle.com, it's lovely to see you. Stick around, I have things to share. If we're old pals, well it's lovely to see you, too. Once you've finished reading here, you might want to skip on over to Shimelle's blog and read my guest post on five ways to make your own alphabet letters. These are mostly for paper projects - cards, scrapbook layouts and such - but my apparent inability to keep away from needles means there's also a bit of stitching involved.
The stripy 'hello' is actually a couched length of yarn, worked over a hand-lettered word. You can find a simple, traceable template here if you want to make something similar, or - of course - try a different word of your own. If you're not confident with your cursive, look around for a suitable handwriting-style font to use as your template.
Couching is really straightforward. It uses small, straight stitches to hold yarn, thread or cord in place on the surface of your project. Have a look at this quick stitch-guide, or a YouTube tutorial like this one, if you haven't tried it before. Although you'll need to be careful not to tear thinner sheets of paper, it's totally possible to work it on cards and scrapbook pages as well as fabric projects. If you give it a go, I'd love to see how it turns out.
Don't forget to click over and check out all five lettering ideas at shimelle.com, including an alternate version of this project. If you've already been there, you are, of course, very welcome to stay here and have a look around instead. There are lots more paper projects, tutorials, DIY ideas and you can also help yourself to some free downloads and printables.