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Monogram for Hand Embroidery: Letter R


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Here’s one more hand embroidery monogram for today – the letter R – but you’ll probably notice something a bit different about this pattern…

I mentioned earlier today in my post on the O and Q monograms that I was working on cleaner versions of these monogram patterns, thanks to Margaret’s tutorials she sent me on how to trace a design as a vector image. So here’s my first attempt! There are little points that are a bit more wobbly than I like, but overall the lines are smoother and clearer, and I think they will print a lot clearer on your printer!

Anyway, what do you think? Do you like them better this way? I thought I’d poll readers to hear your impressions. What do you like better, since the patterns are here for you, after all!

Here’s the R:

Monogram for Hand Embroidery: Letter R

For the rest of the alphabet, please visit my Index of Monograms for Hand Embroidery!

And let me know what you think about the different look of the letters!

Favorite Monograms – PDF Collection

You’ll find this complete alphabet – along with 15 other decorative alphabets – all in one place in Favorite Monograms, a downloadable PDF collection of 16 monogram alphabets perfect for hand embroidery and other crafts.

Favorite Monograms for Hand Embroidery and Other Crafts

In the photo above, you can see samples of each alphabet available in Favorite Monograms.

Each letter in each alphabet in Favorite Monograms has been carefully traced into a clean line drawing that can be easily enlarged or reduced on a home printer or a photocopier.

The 16-alphabet collection is delivered as via a download link to your inbox shortly after purchase, so that you can begin creating right away! Priced at less than $1.00 per complete alphabet, monogram lovers can’t go wrong with this collection!

Favorite Monograms is available in my shop, here.


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  1. This will probably sound funny and I don’t want to be ungrateful because I really appreciate your work putting up these monograms but I really enjoy the old version better they just have a “vintage” feel about them that this R doesn’t have. It’s like it’s too clean in a way. But I’m sure both ways still create the same end result LOL
    Thanks for giving these out! I love them!

  2. Oooh, the R is gorgeous! Thank you!

    On screen, I like the sleeker feel of the R compared to some of the other letters but I think that the proof is in the pudding. In other words, it’s only after the letter has been printed out and it’s time to transfer onto fabric that you can really tell. Or so I imagine.


  3. Do I get to vote? 🙂

    I vote for the vectors! I really don’t like transferring designs onto fabric; it’s my least favourite part of embroidery. The beauty of vector-based images is that you can print them directly onto things like iron-on transfer paper and fabric from your computer. (Now, if I could only figure out a way to print on dark fabrics my life would be complete!)

    By the way, I loved Melissa’s comment and Mary gets an A for her fabulous ‘R’ conversion!

  4. Wow! I don’t know what the deal is with vector but whatever it is, it works magic! That came out great!

  5. Thank you for this lovely R. I will embroider two pillowcases for a bride. Do you have any tips on the embroider technique that works best?

    Thank you. These are so lovely.

  6. Dear Mary,
    Thank you again!! Your website is so very complete in so many ways…especially the details!! And we all know how important the details are! I love your site!!!
    So far, I’ve been able to find the answer or solution to every question I’ve had!! Such organization amazes me!!!
    (This is for a friends’ birthday gift.)
    Have a happy day! Jackie E.

  7. I really appreciate the Flowered Monogram because it lets the letter dominate the work. That’s why I wanted a monogram.

  8. Your site is absolutely marvelous. I don’t know where to begin. I’m still new but what facinates me is the monograms. Excited to try my hand at it. Thanks so much for sharing your talent.

  9. I am a beginner because I have never embroidered anything like you do. I looked up your website because I’d like to learn. I have 1 sister & I thought I would monogram her initial on a pillow. is that too hard for a beginner project? The letter r that is on this page is the one I plan to use. If you think I could do it, I would need all the materials and directions from you Is that possible? Just let me know. Linda

    1. Hi, Linda – Thanks for your question! As a beginner, you can approach embroidering the letter in a way that suits your level of stitching. You don’t have to make it complicated – you can use very simple stitches and still achieve a beautiful monogram. You’ll find tips for working different styles of monograms here: https://needlenthread.wpengine.com/2016/09/embroidered-monograms-tips-techniques-index.html I don’t sell supplies, I’m afraid! But you can use regular embroidery floss (6-stranded DMC cotton, which should be available locally) for good results!

  10. I’m very impressed with the “R”. I’m into adult coloring and plan to use it as a notebook cover after it is colored. Thanks for your service.

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