I love it when products geared toward simple yet tasteful surface embroidery hit the needlework market. Last week, I showed you a new line of surface embroidery projects out from Rouge du Rhin – kitchen towels ready-printed for embroidering. The same company is catering to the surface embroidery crowd with a line of iron-on monograms, too, and the ones they have out so far are pretty nice! So I thought I’d show them to you…
Rouge du Rhin is a French company. Here in the US, their products are available through The French Needle. Mostly, the company produces cross stitch products, but they also have a small line of interesting things for surface embroiderers.
Right now, they have two monogram alphabets available as iron-on transfers. This is one of them – a “block” alphabet adorned by leaves and berries. It’s pretty! The other alphabet is more script-like, and adorned with a ribbon & bow.
Each package of transfers comes with an instructional folder demonstrating how to iron on the monograms. Though the text is French, the pictures suffice.
Then, of course, there are the iron-ons themselves, which are printed backwards (which is normal). I haven’t tested the quality of the transfer because (just between you and me) I don’t generally use iron-ons as iron-ons. I use them as patterns.
I know, I know! It’s silly, to purchase iron-on transfers and not use them in their most convenient form! I trace them, because I like to keep the whole transfer sheet intact, and I like the designs to last longer than just the few transfers they guarantee. Of course, this doesn’t prohibit you from using them as an iron-on!
The letters are a standard “medium-sized” monogram, about 3″ high.
One page of the instructional book is devoted to stitch diagrams and explanations. The diagrams are typical for this type of publication – there’s enough there to get the gist of the stitch.
The best feature of the whole pamphlet (aside from the alphabet itself) is this little strip of images at the top of the back page. This is a “skill level key,” and I think it’s a Really Smart Idea. They show examples of how the monograms can be stitched, depending on the skill level of the embroiderer, and they suggest certain threads for the techniques illustrated at each level. Each of the skill levels produces a pretty monogram, but the techniques used require progressively more skill in stitching. I don’t think I’ve seen this done on commercial embroidery products before; I like the way it gives an option for interpretation and rates each option according to skill level.
These iron-on monogram sets are out there now, and if you’re looking for pretty transfers for marking your linens or for making gifts, you might look these up! The only shop in the States that carries their line is The French Needle. Needlework shops in Germany, Belgium, Canada, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, and Switzerland also carry their products, though. You can check for stores locations here.
Yes. I do like monograms!
On a side note, if you haven’t signed up for my give-away of Trish Burr’s new Needle Painting Book, today’s your last chance! I’ll announce the winner tomorrow morning!