Monograms have long been a part of hand embroidery. They’re commonly seen on handkerchiefs and household goods. I wrote a little blurb on Initials for Embroidery a while back, and since I’ve always had an interest in monograms and old linens with monograms on them, I thought I’d share some monogram patterns.
This particular monogram – the letter A – comes from a monogram alphabet that I have in an old, old, old booklet. It’s one of those pamphlets that’s falling apart, yellow with age, and not of much use unless scanned and cleaned up. So I’ve been doing just that. The booklet is of French origin. It doesn’t have a cover, but there’s a French address on the bottom of one of the pages. It was a gift from a friend who loves antique book hunting, but isn’t too crafty, so it ended up in my hands.
It’s from a series of “Sajou” pamphlets published in France. Some of the pamphlets can be found online. The best place to find the old Sajou alphabets is through the Patternmaker blog. Most of the alphabets there are for counted work, but quite a few of the line drawn, surface embroidery alphabets are available, too.
Here’s the “A.” You can shrink it or enlarge it as you wish. I think this is a particularly pretty monogram, and it would look great with the letter and the vines outlined in stem stitch, the flowers and dots worked in a padded satin stitch, and the leaves filled with a seed stitch.
Right click on the letter to save it to your computer, and then adjust it to the size you want.
Have fun with it!