If you have read this blog for any period of time, then you know that I’m all about dip pen calligraphy. That said, I think it’s important to give yourself a creative challenge by switching up mediums and styles! For that reason, I’ve recently been experimenting with new hand-lettering styles. One serendipitous day, I was doodling in my planner, and I came up with a dot-studded lettering style that “stitches” together.
The connected nature of the letters and the stitch-like appearance of the dots prompted me to name the style “Stitches”. After that, I spent a couple of weeks working on exemplars for you so if you like the style, you can create it, too!
I have two printable Stitches Lettering exemplars available. The first is a free version, which you can find by clicking here.
The free version is a one-page printable featuring all the letters of the alphabet. You can print out the exemplar, then cut along the guidelines to make it 5″x7″. That’s a perfect size for easy reference and display!
I created the premium version of the exemplar for those who would like guidance in creating Stitches style hand-lettering. The premium exemplar is six pages long, and features instructions and examples to help you understand how to make and connect letters.
In the premium version of the exemplar, you’ll find step-by-step graphics detailing how to create every letter plus numbers (0-9) and an ampersand.
In addition to letter formations, the exemplar features instructions over how to implement your Stitches hand-lettering on any project. You’ll also find lettering tips and a page of word practice to help you understand how the letters piece together.
The cost of the premium exemplar is $5.00, and you can purchase it by clicking here. Through Memorial Day (Monday), however, you can type in the code STITCHES in the “Apply Gift Card” field at checkout to receive 15% off the exemplar (total: $4.25). The code will stop being valid at midnight MDT (Denver, Colorado timezone) on Monday!
Stitches Lettering Project Ideas
You can use Stitches Lettering on any project that will benefit from embellished letters. As I said, I discovered it while doodling in a planner, so there’s one implementation! It also looks incredibly good on mail art. I really love the way this envelope turned out!
I also tried it on place cards and was happy with the eye-catching result.
The great thing about hand-lettering is you can create it with anything! I prefer Micron pens because they don’t smudge when you erase guidelines (as long as the ink is completely dry, of course). I’ve also successfully hand-lettered with gel pens, broad tipped markers, and pencils. Really, whatever you have at hand will work!
I hope that you enjoy the printables provided in this post, and that they inspire you to experiment with hand-lettering! If you have any questions about the style or the exemplars, please feel free to ask. Otherwise, have a wonderful weekend, and thanks for reading TPK!