Here’s the beginning of a new set of monograms for hand embroidery. This set is a bit Celtic in flavor, as it features some loose knotwork.
I like this alphabet a lot – there are many embroidery options for the letters. The original alphabet, from Journal des Demoiselles, features a specked area inside the curves of the knotwork. These areas can be filled with tiny seed stitching, or left empty. The shape of the letters can be satin stitched or simply outlined. You could also try a variety of different types of fillings that would take curves well. For a lighter look, you could try feather stitch, or fly stitch. You could also work the letters in chain stitch or any variations – rope stitch, heavy chain, etc.
I thought I’d offer two sizes of the monogram here, to make it easier for saving and printing. The original alphabet was small – about an inch and a half to two inches high.
Here’s the small version of the Celtic A:
Here’s the large version of the Celtic A:
You’ll find more free monograms for hand embroidery on my Monogram Index. Just click on the letter you’re looking for!
I’m a bit slow cleaning up the individual letters for the monogram alphabets, so if you have a particular letter you’d like soon, just leave a comment and let me know. I’ll try to do popular letters first.