Often, the best ideas come in the MIDDLE of an embroidery project! Don’t you hate that? I don’t mind that occurrence during a quilting or sewing project because changing direction midstream is often manageable on those types of projects. Just release a seam or two and you’ve got a whole new look. But embroidery? That’s a different story. Once it’s stitched, it’s pretty time-consuming to remove it.
Last week, I was stitching twelve napkins in preparation for an upcoming videotaping. I decided to make them for my home (that would be a first – I have plenty of blanks but barely any pretty embroidered linens in my house!). But what to put on them? A monogram of course. Whose monogram? Well, that’s where it got complicated.
Traditionally, a bride takes her husband’s surname. Today, tradition is often broken for a variety of reasons. I’m guilty of breaking tradition. My sweet (of just 15 months) husband’s last name is Kutsopias. At the time of our wedding, my last name was Roche – the surname of my first husband and my children.
I opted to keep my surname as is. It was a decision that I didn’t make quickly. After all, I’m a fairly traditional person (or we wouldn’t have married in the first place!) but I felt it was the right decision for me. So what to do about a monogram? I shelved the decision yet again and started the project with gorgeous embroidery designs from Great Notions, Home Décor Scroll Embroidery Pack (112439).
I had to get these napkins done so I stitched six with Pete’s initial, K.
And then as I was trimming and removing stabilizer, I thought about setting the table with these napkins, all with the letter K. Hmm. I could just see my kids’ faces when they picked up the napkin at their place setting. I know, I’m ridiculous, for heaven’s sake, they’re adults! But…I went back to my software and experimented with a few options. But there’s too many letters to incorporate and many solutions imply that he’s taking my surname as a middle name. Ugh. So I threw tradition to the wind and mirror- imaged my initial. I know it’s not completely original but I think it might work for us.
I tweaked the designs in editing software by omitting some segments. Next, I copied the R into the K file and mirrored the R. It was a quick way around digitizing a custom monogram.
It’s a fresh approach and endearing because the letters – R and K are fairly symmetrical. I’m not planning on adding first initials, I think the two linked letters will suffice. It’s modern and elegant and now I have a monogram that’s a true reflection of our new lifestyle, standing as one. What do you think? I’m open to suggestions since I anticipate this to be an ongoing journey – just like a marriage!
I also experimented with color combinations for this set. Bold, I know! Since so much of my embroidery has to be seen on camera, I go for high contrast. Once I’m really thrilled with the set monogram, I’ll use softer colors to stitch a set of linen napkins but these will suffice for now.