Unique Monograms combining multiple styles.
Monogram Styles Used:
Geometric shapes are natural compliments to each other, even if the shapes themselves aren't smooth and simple.
The initial H from our Circle Monogram Set 6 is an interesting variation on a circle. The letters from this style are digitized from artwork from 1939 - the curls and embellishments in each letter are molded into a circular shape.
To provide some additional formality, we decided to create a "frame" to complete this single-initial monogram. Looking for existing elements to use, we found a two color letter I from the Olympia Monogram Set, and merged four copies, rotated, to create a square.
A note about sewing sequences: copying the single letter I created four distinct design elements - each two colors - a thin inside satin stitch element, and a wider outside satin stitch element. Combined with the letter H the result was a 9 color design. If we had a home machine, where changing thread for color changes is a potentially time-consuming process, we would have used our software to change the sewing sequence and reduce the number of colors to 3: one color for the letter J, one color for the thin border elements, and one color for the wider border elements.
We have a commercial machine, where color changes are programmed in before starting to sew out the design, and repeating a color several times is as simple as entering the same needle numbers in the correct sequence. There is no disadvantage to leaving the design as 9 colors, and perhaps a slight advantage - if each two color border section sews to completion before moving on to the next one, there is less possibility of mis-registration of the parts due to fabric pull during the sewout.
The overall size of this monogram is 5 3/8" (134mm) square
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.