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I learned to embroider when I was a kid, when everyone was really into cross stitch (remember the '80s?). Eventually, I migrated to surface embroidery, teaching myself with whatever I could get my hands on...read more

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Tying Up Loose Ends – A Tale of an Alphabet

 

Once upon a time, long, long ago in a land called Kansas (in fact, last year), a young girl (or old lady – or at least middle aged…ok, 40’s…) who writes an embroidery blog began the epic journey of sharing with her friends some monogram designs from a particular alphabet.

And then she somehow forgot to finish the alphabet.

And apparently, no one could live happily ever after, because none of the loose ends in the fairy tale were tied up.

When I mentioned on Monday that I had a free pattern to share with you this week, I got a couple emails kindly reminding me of the unfinished alphabet.

It’s always nice to end a story neatly, so today, I’m sharing with you the letters U through Z of the Floral Script Alphabet. You can see the style of the alphabet in the photo of the E below.

You’ll find the rest of this monogram alphabet (along with several others) available on my Monogram Patterns index, here.

You can also find the entire alphabet, collected in one spot, along with 15 other complete monogram alphabets, available here in my pattern e-book, Favorite Monograms, which I’m discounting through this weekend to celebrate the end of this particular story!

Floral Script Alphabet Letters U-Z

The Floral Script Alphabet is a pretty alphabet, somewhat formal in design, but it really depends on how you stitch it. You can dress it up or dress it down, depending on your approach.

I have two articles here on Needle ‘n Thread that illustrate how I embroidered the E above:

Beginning the Monogram – Threads, Stitches, Techniques

The Finished Monogram – detailed photos of the embroidered monogram

In fact, you can find a whole index of articles with ideas on how to embroider monograms here. You can apply the techniques to practically any monogram design, from fun to formal. So there’s lots of stitching scope there, for anyone who’s interested in embroidering letters.

Easiest Way to Transfer Monograms to Fabric

If you’re looking for an easy way to transfer these types of designs to fabric, I highly recommend Sublime Stitching’s fine-tipped iron-on transfer pen, which I’ve reviewed here. It works well! I like the blue one best.

Sublime Stitching Iron on Transfer Pen

Just remember, if you use the iron-on pen, you need to print the design and flip it over and trace the letter from the back of the printed paper. You have to trace a flipped image of letters; otherwise, your letter will end up backwards on your fabric.

Floral Script Monograms U-Z – Free Patterns

I’ve divided letters U-Z into two PDFs that you can save to your computer and print. The letters print at 2.5″ high.

Here are the PDFs for the final letters in the alphabet:

Floral Script Alphabet U-X
Floral Script Alphabet Y-Z

Favorite Monograms – On Sale Just for You!

The whole Floral Script Alphabet – plus many more monogram styles – is available gathered in one easy-to-download PDF in Favorite Monograms, a collection of 16 monogram alphabets perfect for hand embroidery and other crafts.

To celebrate finishing the alphabet at long last, the e-book is 15% off now through May 28.

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. If printed straight from the PDF, the letters print at 2.5″ high, when choosing “no scaling” or “100%” in your printer settings.

The 16-alphabet collection is delivered via a download link to your inbox shortly after purchase, so that you can begin creating right away! Priced on sale at less than $0.80 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. Dear Mary

    Thank you for helping me to live happily ever after, the floral script alphabet are one of my favourites and you have embroidered the E perfectly. Thanks for the free patterns and for the sale of your favourite monograms e-book, I already have it and it’s great. Thanks for sharing the free patterns and for your collection of monograms.

    Regards Anita Simmance

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  2. Mary…this looks great! Thanks for sharing more alphabet ideas…that is very inspirational!

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  3. Mary…I enjoy reading and seeing all that you share. It is very inspirational. I love the monograms and plan to try stitching one soon. Thanks Diane

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  4. I just discovered your website and am so happy I did.
    I am new to this craft and I am confident I will learn lots from you! Do you have any products that will help me with color shading?
    Thank you so much!

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    1. Hi, Christie – There are two books I’d recommend for color shading, both of which I’ve reviewed here on Needle ‘n Thread. One is called Color Confidence in Embroidery, and you’ll find the review here: https://www.needlenthread.com/2011/12/colour-confidence-in-embroidery-book-review.html
      The other is called Color Confident Stitching: https://www.needlenthread.com/2017/03/colour-confident-stitching-a-gem.html

      I like them both, for different reasons. They both have different approaches to color and shading. The first is more about shading and needlepainting with long and short stitch; the second covers color selection in general. So it really depends on what you’re looking for – but again, they’re both good!

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