If you’re keen on hand embroidered monograms, you’ll be over-the-moon thrilled to know that Monograms: The Art of Embroidered Letters by Susan O’Connor is back in print.
For those you who’ve been hanging about here at Needle ‘n Thread for a while, you might recall my review of this delectable tome!
As you can see, the cover is decidedly different. But the contents are the same!
To get a thorough run-down of the contents of the book, you can read my earlier review, if you’d like. It’s thorough, and it goes into all the lovely, nitty-gritty details.
The Highlights of Monograms: The Art of Embroidered Letters
The highlights, in a nutshell, if you’re looking for an excellent instructional book on traditional monogramming:
1. The first part of the book, on the history of monograms and decorative initials and topics like how letters are arranged, is excellent. It makes good reading and good background information for pursuing the art further.
2. The techniques are well-presented, and the photo instruction is very clear. You’ll find everything here that you need to get started in the art of traditional monogramming techniques.
3. You can apply a lot from the book to other surface embroidery techniques, and especially to whitework.
It’s a terrific book, and I’m So Happy that it’s available again! When it became hard-to-find, I saw it listed on used book sources for as much as $700.
SEVEN HUNDRED DOLLARS! I was astounded. I’m still astounded! (Whether or not it actually sold at that price is another question, I suppose. Still! Cheeky!)
In any case, it’s a relief to have it available to the general public again at a Much More Reasonable (and affordable) price.
Where to Find It
You can find the book available now through the following affiliate book source:
Worldwide, you can order Monograms: The Art of Embroidered Letters through Book Depository, with free shipping worldwide, for $31.35. US readers will usually receive books from Book Depository within about 10 days, and sometimes much sooner.