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Embroidered Monograms Tips & Techniques – Index


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Sometimes, it’s easy to lose track of articles on blogs, so I like to create indexes that gather all the articles on one embroidery project or one series of embroidery projects into one place.

I keep all these project indexes under Tips & Techniques here on Needle ‘n Thread (in the main menu at the top of the website).

Today, I’m going to gather together all the articles on Needle ‘n Thread that include tips & techniques for embroidered monograms. Feel free to bookmark the list, to share it with your friends, and to visit it when you’re looking for ideas for embroidered monograms!

Embroidered Monograms: Tips & Techniques Index

To help you find a style of embroidered monogram you like, I’ll show you the picture of the finished monogram, followed by the articles relating to it.

Whitework Embroidered Monogram on Linen Guest Towel

This is a group of articles that takes you step-by-step through embroidering a whitework monogram mostly in satin stitch.

Whitework Embroidered Monogram on Linen Guest Towel

Part I – Setting up, transferring design, discussion of supplies, and beginning stitching.
Part II – Continuing the stitching, discussion on working padded satin stitch, stitches used, and some trouble-shooting.
Part III – Taking curves with satin stitch – how to work around tight curves on a letter and stitch direction.
Part IV – Washing and ironing the finished guest towel.

Padded Satin Stitch Monogram in Red

This is a padded satin stitch monogram worked in red floche on a linen glass towel.

Padded Satin Stitch Monogram in Red

Article I – on satin stitching and monograms
Article II – the finished monogram

Shadow Work Monograms

Shadow work embroidery involves stitching on a relatively sheer fabric. Here, it is used to embroider a couple monograms.

Shadow Work Embroidery - monogram M

Shadow Work M – tips on shadow work, threads, fabrics, etc.
Linen for Shadow Work – linen cambric vs. shadow work linen

Tulip Monogram R with Floche

Split stitch and satin stitch make up this tulip monogram.

Tulip Monogram in Floche

Article 1 – Beginning the R monogram, fabric, threads, stitches, etc.
Article 2 – The Finished Monogram

Confetti Monogram – Multicolored Voided Monogram

Multi-colored seed stitch covers the background around this simple monogram.

Confetti Monogram with seed stitch

Confetti Monogram – stem stitch outline, seed stitch in multiple colors, information on threads, fabrics, stitches, spacing, etc.

Voided Floral Monogram

This monogram features a heavily embroidered floral themed background, using lots of different stitches, colors, and textures.

Voided Floral Monogram with heavily stitched background

Article 1 – Setting up the project, fabrics, threads, initial stitches
Article 2 – Filling in the background with more stitches – a list of stitches used and links to stitch tutorials
Article 3 – Finishing the background and filling to the edges; also, a look at the back of the hoop

Simple Voided E Monogram

This features a simple E, embroidered with whipped chain stitch and a seed stitched background in one color.

Voided E Monogram in Blue & Yellow

A Simple Voided Monogram in a Simple Color Scheme

Outlined Monogram C with Filled Embellishments

This monogram features simple stitches to pull off a classic monogram.

Monogram C in simple stitches

Embroidering a Pretty Monogram with Simple Stitches – includes thread, fabric and stitch information, plus troubleshooting.

Filled E Monogram, Shaded Elements

This is an elegant floral monogram filled with shaded stem stitch and long & short stitch.

Filled Monogram with Stem Stitch and Long & Short Stitch

Article 1 – Beginning of project: fabric, thread, stitches & techniques
Article 2 – The Finished Monogram

Purple & Green: Leafy Floral with Thistle Element

This is another shaded monogram, worked with stem stitch shading. It features satin stitch dots and long & short stitch flowers.

Purple & Green Monogram A with Floral Elements

Purple & Green Monogram with Floral Elements – includes materials, thread colors, stitches used and links to tutorials.

Long & Short Stitch Monogram

This is a quick and simple approach to a filled monogram that looks more complex than it is!

Hand Embroidered Monogram in Long & Short Stitch

Long & Short Stitch Monogram, Outlined – the article will tell you about the thread and stitching techniques used for this monogram.

Monogram Designs and Other Useful Information

Manipulating Monograms to Create Groups of Letters – Ever wonder how to put initials together to make a complete monogram in the proper sense of the word? Here’s an article on combining letters into one larger monogram.

Initials, Cyphers, Monograms: The correct terminology when talking about decorative lettering. That’s right – the things I (and just about everyone else) call monograms are really just “initials.”

Using Monograms to Make a One Word Design – Using monograms from the same alphabet to create a one-word embroidery design. In this case, the word is “JOY” and the monograms are embellished for Christmas.

Free Monogram Patterns – you can find free patterns for different monogram alphabets available in this index here on Needle ‘n Thread

Favorite Monograms – a collection of 16 monogram alphabets all in one place, perfect for printing, enlarging, reducing, and using in embroidery and other craft applications.

More To Come!

Whenever we explore other monogram topics, tips and techniques, I’ll list those articles on this index page, which will eventually be nestled under Tips & Techniques in the main menu on Needle ‘n Thread. (It won’t be added there until the new website format launches.)

I hope you enjoy these articles and that they help you along on your embroidery journey!


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  1. Monograms are one of my most “favoritest” projects to stitch. I appreciate your pulling all of this monogram information into one place.

  2. Thank you so much, Mary, for the index. It’s great to be able to scroll down and compare the different techniques before chosing the one which will suit what you want to do. I’ve just finished reading Kate Cross’s applique book, and am now wondering how I can combine that discipline with a monogram. Mmmmm! So much to do, not enough hours in a day!

  3. All of these monograms are beautiful. My favorite is the voided floral monogram. I am planning to use that same approach to make some simple animal shapes, like rabbits, cats, or butterflies, using the voided approach with the floral background. Thank you for the inspiration!

  4. Mary – thank you very much for this excellent compendium on monogram techniques – all so lovely ! I’m going to purchase your e-book but had a question. I want to monogram some hankies for Xmas gifts this year. Can you recommend a style to use that would be good for regular size white cotton hankies ? Thanks in advance
    San Francisco

    1. Hi, Chris – Any of the monograms in the ebook would work well for hankies. It all depends on the recipient – is it someone who would appreciate a floral motif, or someone who would like something a bit simpler? Also, the monograms in the ebook print at 2.5″, which is fine for some of the styles on a hankie – for example, I’d probably do that floral script (the blue monogram above with the pink flowers) in 2.5″, but others would look better on a hankie, smaller. For example, the floral and dots (the red monogram in the first picture above), I’d probably work at 2″ at the most, because it’s such a heavy looking design. But really, it depends on how you interpret the design in stitches and how “bold” you want the letter to be on the handkerchiefs.

  5. Dear Mary

    Missed this post yesterday came rather late was busy putting photos on fabric great stuff. It’s so great that all the monograms you stitched are all in one place so easy to find. They are all beautiful but my favourite is the A must be because my name starts with A. Thanks for all the different tips and techniques from beginning to create monograms and the processes involved. I can’t wait for the new website looking forward to browsing the new site. Thanks for sharing with us the tips and techniques of monogram embroidery and for the easy access to how to create such lovely embroidery.

    Regards Anita Simmance

  6. Mary, at first I thought you were listing a separate category under your Tips & techniques so I went looking for that. In looking carefully (am ever so slowly working my way through your wonderful site!) I see there are other – hidden – monograms in there. What a GEM December 22 – 25, 2012 is!!!

    1. Hi, Carolyn – I haven’t added this monogram index to the Tips & Techiques page but I will soon. In the meantime, I think all the monogram projects I’ve done are listed here. I forgot to add the “Joy” monogram / lettering design to this list, so I’ll add that under designs here at the end. Thanks!

  7. Mary, I just had to write to say THANK YOU! I’ve been receiving your emails and love them but did not attempt to embroider some of the samples until now. I’ve watched videos and realized it’s not so hard once you understand the concept. I will now attempt to embroider a monogram thanks to you. Keep up your splendid work–you inspired me and I imagine you have inspired many more to try a new learning experience!
    Thank you.
    Ann Marie Gutierrez
    Tinley Park, IL

  8. Thank you so much for all the wonderful content you pack into your website and newsletters! I have learned so much and can while away a few hours with you everyday if I’m not careful!

  9. Hi Mary ~ I hope all is well with your health now !

    A word of thanks for this thoughtful post. it is so interesting ~ Happy New Year wishes


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