If you’ve been reading along here on Needle ‘n Thread for a while, you have probably figured out that I have a thing for monograms. The first really impressive hand embroidered monogram to ever catch my eye was an E, and it was stitched on the lightest, most beautiful linen handkerchief I had, at that point in my life, ever seen. The stitching was elaborate, with tiny bundles of perfectly stitched flowers, delicate eyelets, and sprays of leaves festooning the edges. Oh, I wanted it! Oh, boy, did I.
I was visiting NYC at the time, and this was my first venture into some really pricey antique shops. That little 9″ square of linen someone a hundred or more years ago had poured a lot of heart into was selling for $100, and, needless to say, I couldn’t buy it! No matter how I tried to justify it, spending $100 on a slip of fabric was way beyond my means. And then, of course, there was the whole question of the E. E was not quite Me!
But I’ll never forget that monogram; I think it was the first time I actually appreciated the art of embroidered monograms. Now, every time I see an E monogram, I think back to that hankie in an over-crowded antique shop in NYC, and I wonder if anyone ever did buy the thing?
Well, enough of that! Here’s the E in the latest series of free hand embroidery monograms patterns here on Needle ‘n Thread.
If you’re looking for stitching suggestions for this series of monograms, please check out the Letter A, where I’ve mentioned a few ideas for stitches. Also, if you have any ideas or input for stitching these letters, feel free to leave a comment!
Here’s the small E:
And here’s the large E:
And, if you’d like to save a PDF version of the small and large E, here it is:
Feel free to visit the Index of Monogram Designs here on Needle ‘n Thread, if you’re looking for more monograms, including the rest of this alphabet.