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Monogram for Hand Embroidery: Fan Flower E


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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:

Free Monogram for Hand Embroidery: Letter E

And here’s the large E:

Free Monogram for Hand Embroidery: Letter E

And, if you’d like to save a PDF version of the small and large E, here it is:

Monogram for Hand Embroidery: Fan Flowers E (PDF)

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.

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. What an absolutely stunning letter for a monogram! Thank you so much for sharing it with us Mary. I too, love monograms and have only recently begun stitching them onto 'little scraps of linen'. I hope my family members will enjoy the hankies this year. Your 'E' makes me so wish I knew someone for whom I could stitch it.

  2. Dear Mary, Seeing that you are a lover of monograms I was just wondering if you have seen Di van Niekerk's latest book on monograms. She is a ribbon- and embroidery specialist. Her designs are also very beautiful. You can find her books at Amazon. As for the letter E, it will do me very nicely thank you.
    Elza Bester Cape Town

  3. I'm glad you like the E! I'm sure your family will LOVE your hankies this year, Amy – there's nothing like a hand-made gift!

    Elza, I have seen Di's book – it's lovely. One of these days, I'll try to get my hands on it! Her work is always stunning. I think the best word to describe her embroidery is "lush." It's so colorful and so full of texture!

    Thanks for the comments!


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