Unique Monograms combining multiple styles.
Monogram Styles Used:
Our Arabesque 9 (both the XL and the regular size) are three-color designs: A classical satin stitch letter embellished with small protruding circular stitches - representing berries or flowers, as well as rows of graduated wing-needle elements that fall between the spread satin stitch letter elements - like peas in an open pod.
The embellishments are the first two colors, in order to make it easy for someone to drop those elements and just use the letter - either by skipping over them, or by deleting them in your software program. Easy to say - but we wanted an excuse to demonstrate this concept. We chose the letter S from the Arabesque 9 XL Monogram Set, then deleted the embellishments in our software, leaving a nice large, somewhat more delicate open letter.
We thought it might be interesting to add some bracket embellishments from another style, and wanted the brackets to be more than just a triangle or a dot, and to have a historical reference to a different fashion era.
The Avant Garde Monogram Set 5 is digitized from artwork from 1937. The letters are flanked by two-color geometric brackets with the outermost section finished with a curl and a ball - very different in style, but somehow still compatible with the letter S. In the original version the brackets flank a highly geometric letter, and are positioned so that the lines visually jump across the void occupied by the letter and align on the other side. For this application we thought they should be more compact, so the letter was eliminated from the middle in our software, then the two bracket halves were slid up-and-down so that their position was more rectangular. We made a copy to place on either side of the S, and then decided to make the brackets a bit bigger and resized them.
The overall size is 7" (177 mm) tall by 8 1/2" (216 mm) wide.
How we made these monograms
Embroidery software programs make it easy to delete elements, copy and paste elements from other designs, resize different aspects, and merge elements together into one new design. Each program is a bit different in how the Edit functions are managed. Once you have learned to use yours, creating new monograms from other monogram parts is creative and fun. Experiment with different arrangements and colors.