I don't know what I initially had in mind. I just started stitching thinking I could stitch side to side like a sewing machine would, but that made a rough looking stitch. Ew!
The back stitched seemed to be the best option, and it looks sooo much better.
It's time to undo the first couple of letters and back stitch them, and then see where I go with this entry. I'll keep you posted.