Unique Monograms combining multiple styles.
Monogram Styles Used:
Starting with the letter E from the Baroque 2 XL Monogram Set, we looked for a way to frame and complete this single-letter monogram. Something with a vertical oval opening seemed ideal, since the initial is taller than it is wide. The design Year:1938 from Monogram Flourishes Set 2 has a manual seed stitch fill - the same fill that is part of the letter.
Merging the two designs together in our embroidery software program it was clear that the frame design was too small - or the letter was too large. Since this project needs a monogram that is big enough for use on a large pillow we left the letter as it is and enlarged the flourish design.
A Note about Resizing: most embroidery software programs allow designs to be resized, and, with "standard" elements (overall fills, satin stitch columns) the software will redo the stitch count and maintain the outlines of these elements. So a satin stitch column that is enlarged will be larger and wider but have the same density.
Design elements that are digitized with manual stitches don't resize this way. The software program can only treat elements digitized this way by moving the stitches farther apart if the design is enlarged, or closer together if the design is reduced.
Our manual seed stitch fills are still quite unusual and attractive if they are enlarged. The result has a lighter touch that can be an interesting contrast to the fuller density of the seed stitch fill in the letter.
The opened-up look of the surrounding fill tends to look better on a lighter fabric with lighter thread, so we chose a color palette for this monogram that shows the whole design to its best advantage.
We chose 40 weight thread throughout. A nice variation would be to use 30 weight thread for the frame fill, 40 weight thread for all of the other elements.
The overall size is 12 3/4" (324mm) tall by 10" (254mm) wide. This is a large monogram, and even on a commercial embroidery machine with a big sewing field the design may need to be rotated 90 degrees.
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.