Here’s the last voided monogram I’ll bother you with for a while! After this – besides sharing with you another project or two on the list – I’ll be dabbling with different, more classic approaches to monogramming and sharing some tips with you along the way.
This is a monogram that was meant to be a slightly simpler approach to the Confetti Monogram I showed you earlier – fewer threads, larger stitches, to work up faster – but part of that didn’t work out as planned.
Never fear – I’ll tell you how to adjust your approach to speed up your own voided monogram project.
The E monogram is worked on Alba Maxima linen lined with a good quality white quilter’s cotton.
While the Confetti Monogram was stitched with floche, this one is embroidered with regular DMC cotton floss – the six-stranded stuff – in only three colors: a dark blue, a light blue, and yellow (3838, 3840, and 727, respectively).
A lot of this, I didn’t actually stitch myself. This was a project my niece was working on, and I think she did a great job for her first time at this type of stitching. But she ran out of steam! She started the seed stitches So Very Small, so it was taking forever to fill that background.
So I took over.
I didn’t get very far, either. Chortle chortle.
On the outline, she used three strands of floss and worked a chain stitch in dark blue, and then she whipped the chain stitch with two strands of yellow.
That worked out well – notice that all the tight corners and points are nice and sharp, as they should be.
To get this to happen, end the chain stitch line at each tip or sharp turn, and then start it up again around the corner or in the new direction, but inside the last loop of the previous line, to keep the whole line flowing smoothly.
Now, this whole monogram would have worked up pretty fast, had she chosen to make her seed stitches significantly larger. I’m not talking about using Big stitches – just bigger than the ones here! Spacing them farther apart, since they are larger stitches, would also speed up the whole process.
So, instead of seed stitches that are 1/16″ or smaller, as they are in this case, 1/8″ seed stitches spaced farther apart would have worked great and taken a lot less time.
Still, the overall effect is there – the voided monogram with the stitched background to make the letter really stand out.
I like the whipped chain stitch she used for the outline, and I love the simple color combination. (I’m a sucker for blue, yellow, and white!)
Tips for a Quick Voided Monogram
So, what can we learn from this particular letter? Here are some tips that will help you work up a quick voided monogram:
1. Use a heavier thread and a bolder stitch (like chain stitch) for the outline of the letter. Whipping the stitch adds a nice dimension and color variation to the line.
2. Work the background seed stitches in one color (as opposed to the Confetti Monogram, which is worked in multiple colors).
3. Work the seed stitches larger – say, 1/8″ – and space them out uniformly. The background space will fill up much more quickly!
Other Voided Monograms and Resources
If you’d like to see the previous examples of voided monograms that we’ve discussed here on Needle ‘n Thread recently, here’s a round-up of those articles:
How to Embroider a Simple Voided Monogram – this is the Confetti Monogram, using floche and multiple colors. You’ll find instructions on setting up the project, fabric, and stitches.
Embroidering a Floral Themed Monogram – this is the beginning of the floral voided monogram, with tips on transferring, setting up the project, and choosing stitches.
A is For Almost Finished – This is progress on the floral voided A monogram, with tips on stitching different types of flowers and whatnot.
Finished Floral Voided Monogram – This article discusses finishing the edges of the background area and shows the complete floral monogram with a totally encrusted, embroidered background. There’s also a photo of the back of the hoop.
Looking for Monogram Patterns?
You can find some great alphabets that would make good voided monograms in my e-book, Favorite Monograms, which is available for immediate download – just think, you could get started today!
I’m working on some stitch comparisons for you. I love examining similar stitches, dissecting them and comparing them. It’s sort of like biology, only without the formaldehyde.
I’ve also been grubbing about for some supply sources many of you have been inquiring about, so we’ll discuss supplies at some point. That’s always a dangerous discussion!
Next Monday, I’ll announce the Talliaferro give-away winner, so if you haven’t joined in on that yet, and you want a new crewel kit – do!
And a little bit about organization and project management and fun stuff like that. Oh yes, I’ve been making the September Goal List.
Enjoy the rest of your week!
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