Last week, I shared with you this floral corner embroidery project, which is the “big” project for the younger kids’ embroidery classes I’m hosting this month.
Before the younger kids launch into the floral corner design, they’ll work a simpler, smaller project, using fewer stitches, but guaranteed to give a nice, satisfactory result that they will (hopefully) be quite proud of and that will (hopefully!) encourage them to move on with enthusiasm to the next project.
The simple project is a monogram. All age levels are doing a monogram, but the younger children’s is their first project.
It’s very basic, compared to the monogram planned for the older youth, but it is quite sweet and really pretty in its simplicity – from which point, we can draw some very good lessons about embroidery!
Let’s take a look, shall we?
This simple floral monogram is a variation of the Dots & Leaves monograms in my Favorite Monograms pattern e-book.
Substituting daisy stitch flowers for the dots, the whole monogram becomes automatically simplified, because you don’t have to figure out what to do with those dots! Do I fill them? What with? I’m not good at satin stitch! This problem becomes a moot point when you substitute daisy stitch flowers for dots!
The substitution also lightens the whole monogram considerably.
Concentrating on the letter part of the design, the idea was to keep the colors a bit subdued, to give the foliage a chance to shine in a chipper, happy way.
Working the letter will give the kids the opportunity to learn to manipulate the backstitch around curves and sharp corners and to gauge stitch length. Whipping the backstitch will throw in a bit of color and fun!
The stem of the vine is stem stitch, giving the kids another opportunity to put one of their newly learned basic stitches to work on a real project.
The leaves and the flower petals are daisy stitches, of course. Detached chain stitch is a handy stitch for children to know, because it gives them the opportunity to stitch a recognizable “thing” (in this case, a flower, petals, leaves) by working the one stitch. They can do a lot with petals and leaves!
On the leaves, they’ll add just a tad of highlight to the brighter, darker green, by working a simple straight stitch in the center of each leaf.
This will help demonstrate that a simple addition to a stitch results in a new look and a little variety.
And finally, French knots form the centers of the flowers and they accent the vine as well.
Simple is Good!
One clear lesson that I think this simple but pretty little monogram teaches is that embroidery does not have to be complex to be pleasing or satisfying.
Yes, monograms can be complicated or challenging. But they can also be extremely simple, and yet still very effective!
This particular monogram sample was stitched by my niece. She’s going to finish it in the hoop, since that’s the way we’ll be doing it in class, too. The kids will do their own finishing. I’ll show the process we’ll be using for finishing the monogram projects shortly.
More Monogram Resources
If you’re interested in stitching your own simple (or complex!) monograms, you’ll find several resources here on Needle ‘n Thread:
This list of completed monogram projects, with indications of stitches and techniques
Favorite Monograms – a pattern e-book with 16 full alphabets for stitching
Stitch Sampler Alphabet – an instructional and project e-book that takes you step by step through stitching your own floral monograms while learning over 65 stitches, combinations, and composites.
Will Ewe Bee Mine? – an instructional and project e-book with full alphabets and decorative borders for three monogram motifs (bees, sheep, and hearts)