Just wanted to tell how I did this stitching on the layout - I used to do a lot of bobbin embroidery with the machine and this is a simple way to use heavy threads that really stand out. You can use basic or decorative stitches on your sewing machine to get a heavy stitch that will really stand out.
1. You start by winding your decorative thread onto your bobbin - I used a size 8 Pearl Cotton here. - just hold it by hand and wind it on. If you can - you can use the bobbin winder on your machine, just don't put the heavy thread through the tension. Another thread I like is Glamour by Maderia
2. When you load the bobbin into the bobbin case bypass your bobbin tension - with a drop in bobbin just leave it free and pull it up with your upper thread by dropping the needle and holding onto the upper thread, it should grab the heavy thread in the bobbin and pull it right up - if you have a bobbin case - thread it through the hole in the side of the bobbin case and then, use your upper thread to pull it up.
3. The upper thread should be a regular sewing thread - a color to match or blend with the decorative thread is good.
4. The main difference is that the bobbin thread is what you will want to show so stitch from the back side of you paper. So when you flip it over the bobbin thread is on the top.
A couple of tips - don't backstitch, and hold your threads when you start. Lengthen your stitch- if it is a decorative stitch make it wider and longer if you can. Stitch slowly to start. This works great with a simple zig-zag or feather stitch. Anyway, if you have any questions feel free to email me - firstname.lastname@example.org. My little Christmas gift to you! ;)
Our decorated Christmas cookies - did you know Santa LOVES sprinkles? How cute is my little assistant? Some how I couldn't find any food color - so they just had snow frosting. Also couldn't find my rolling pin, either - disorganized, much?