In my experience, it's worthwhile keeping the chains... or at least a bit of them, as a reminder of what was, and how it formed you. A bit like a trophy... and a reminder that they can't restrain you any more...
How do you manage to get your stitched words all the right size, especially being on a shaped area? It's loking so good!
Right, this is the third time I've tried to leave a comment...don't know what's up with blogger today.Marion: how very true. It all makes you what you are after all.Sharne: to be honest, I don't aim for a particular size - it just comes out how it does! If you follow the body contours the wording bends naturally. I like to do all of mine freehand as it gives more of the effect I'm after. It would look wrong to me if it was more uniform - I think you get more of an emotional response if you treat it in a painterly way. I suppose you could always write the text first using an air erasable pen or similar?
Beautiful - both your work and the sentiment.