I think this Casalguidi Stitch would look pretty sweet when stitched over cording in the shape of a name.
Handwerkcafé Waddinxveen: open naaiwerk
Embroidery Tutorial Guide, very clear instructions
Romanian Point Lace Crochet
Romanian point lace (angles)
Interesting technique to try--like a crochet version of double knit. Makes a thick fabric suitable for hotpads.