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Embroidered E Monogram using Traditional Monogramming Techniques


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Over the past several weeks, I’ve been sharing a monogram alphabet for hand embroidery with you. I’ve dubbed it the “Delicate Spray” alphabet, and you can find the other letters in the alphabet listed on this page of free monogram patterns here on Needle ‘n Thread.

Today, I’d like to show you a reader’s interpretation of this alphabet, to give you a good idea of how you can use traditional monogramming techniques to embroider the individual letters in the Delicate Spray alphabet.

Hand Embroidered E Monogram

Jacqueline used the E from the Delicate Spray alphabet to embroider a beautiful monogram for her sister’s birthday. The finished letter is 60 mm high (about 2.3″). She embroidered it on white cotton muslin, which is mounted over a green sheet.

For the embroidery, Jacqueline used an older skein of coton a broder #25, which she said was a little fuzzy due to the age.

The embroidery is worked entirely in satin stitch.

The stems are overcast stitch (satin stitch often worked over a small string or a thin split stitch line).

Jacqueline split the thicker parts of the E into double lines of satin stitch.

For the dots and the centers of the blossoms, she worked tiny eyelets. Perfect!

This is a lovely example of traditional monogramming techniques! When you look at the photo, keep in mind that we are looking at it close-up. The finished monogram is just over 2″ high, so it’s quite delicate.

Beautiful work!

If you’d like to embroidery any of the monograms from the Delicate Spray alphabet, you can find the alphabet (and a few other monogram alphabets) here.

You can find some tips on embroidering padded satin stitch monograms in the following articles:

Setting Up a Monogram for Embroidery
Padding the Satin Stitch on a Monogram & Other Tips
Satin stitch around a Tight Curve
Finishing a Monogram on a Guest Towel
Another Embroidered Monogram with Satin Stitch

Favorite Monograms – PDF Collection

You’ll find this complete alphabet used above – 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. Mrs. Corbet, I hope you’re enjoying this outstandingly beautiful weekend. Thank you, so very much for the hard work you put into such highly inspirational articles. I never fail to learn something valuable from them. Why, just yesterday I was wondering how one would go about Satin Stitching a line, and today I got my answer! THRILLING! 😀

    Are you still accepting photos of work done by using something on the site? I’ve started Seed Stitching because of your article on filling stitches, and to my utter astonishment, I LOVE it for small spaces where a heavier stitch wouldn’t work. I’ve also Satin Stitched dots, using your article on that, and I’ve been steadily using two thread colors in a needle for shading thanks to the Secret Garden project.

    I hope to take pics soon, so I can send them. Thank you so very much for your generosity and this wonderful site!

  2. So delicate and beautifully executed! This will make a wonderful heirloom. Your sister is sure to love it.

    1. I find too for the thick part and ,of course,beautiful embroidery,limpid, clear.Félicitations Jacqueline.And thank you Marie for the sharing.

  3. That is a very lovely and delicate piece of work, Jacqueline, and I am sure your sister will just adore it. I would.

  4. This embroidery is so pretty and delicate. Those few eyelets really complement the heavier satin-stitched motif. Very inspiring! Thank you for sharing it with us, Jacqueline & Mary. 🙂

  5. Gorgeous! Interesting that a double row of satin stitch was used for the thicker parts. I’d never thought of that but it certainly is effective and beautiful. Thank you for sharing

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