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Monogram of the Month

Monogram of the Month
By Eileen Roche

EmbroideryArts.com’s Arabesque Monogram Set 9
, candlewick font is elegant and timeless. Imagine it scrolled across the corner of a linen tablecloth, or centered on smooth finish cotton pillow shams. Regardless of where you place it, you’ll be making a statement of ownership.

When working with elegant monograms, experiment with thread colors because subtle changes in value can switch the accent from the letters to the ornamental details. I had fun playing with thread color on these samples.

Depending on the final use, I have learned that my personal preference is to use contrasting thread color for the larger elements – the wing-needle stitches (in the center area of the letter) or satin letter. I’ll keep that in mind when selecting the actual thread color. Most likely, the contrasting thread will coordinate with china for a dining room or wall color in
a bedroom.

Not only does color matter but so does thread weight so it’s important to follow the digitizer’s instructions or intent for best results. A delicate design such as this was digitized for 40 wt. thread. Changing the thread weight to a heavier 30 wt. can result in crowded stitches.

When I stitched the sample below, several thread breaks occurred during the stitching of the white color segment in this sample. The candlewick stitches are too dense for this 30 wt. thread. Although the final candlewick stitches look nice, notice how the travel stitches are not hidden by the gray letter. This is because the white 30 wt. thread is too heavy and pushes away from the digitizer’s original path. If you look closely, you’ll also notice the open centers of the wing-needle stitches are closed – the thread is too thick and completely fills this minute area.

This is a great example of how important (and fun) it is to test embroidery designs. Don’t look at testing as a waste of time, look at it as a learning experience. Every test, every stitch out, should increase your level of confidence and arm you with new information that you can apply to your next project.

Here’s your assignment this week:

When you embroider a monogram, do you favor single-letter, two-letter or three-letter monograms?  Post your comment for a chance to win a copy of Machine Embroidered Monograms for the Home!

The winner of last week’s assignment:

Tell us how you ‘de-stressed’ during the hustle and bustle of the season. Did you sew, watch a movie, sit in front of a Christmas tree or maybe hold a sleeping child in your lap? We’d love to know how you unwind. A lucky winner will win a $30 gift certificate to spend at the DIME store!

The winner is:  Kathy Stoessner! “I de-stressed by planning embroidery projects for the coming month.  I am going to focus on cutwork, a favorite that I rarely do.”

 

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163 COMMENTS

  • Shelly Christensen

    I usually use a single letter for monograms because I always forget the rules for which letters go where. I must have a mental block or Alzheimer’s

  • Karin

    I love the ways you can dress up a single letter – yours are lovely! My favorite is the blue & white one. Thanks for that tip about the thread weight – I often forget about that, and get the results you showed, and have to snip, snip, snip.

  • Diana kohle

    I prefer the 3 letter monogram

  • Karen Poole

    I prefer to use three letters when doing Monograms! I think you can make them look much more elegant that way!

  • annette Rady

    i just love the way 3 letter monograms look as an accent to towels, bags, etc. There is really something special about the ones that intertwine to form a”object d’art”. You really do forget that you are looking at alphabet letters.

  • Darlene

    I don’t have a favorite. I like all types of monograms. It just depends on the situation as to what I use. I love monograms. My favorite thing to do.

  • Erma

    I love monograms and the single letter is my favorite.

  • Jean Kocik

    As I am new to monogramming, it is much easier to do a single letter.
    Yesterday, I attempted a three letter monogram. It turned out pretty darn good I must say. I am trying to study anything I can and practice a lot. This should help my sales quite a bit because everyone is asking for things to be monogrammed. I would love to have the software.

  • Melanie Leigh

    Depends on what and for whom. I like them all!

  • Karen Blancher

    I usually only do one. I can never get more than one to look just right.

  • Sandy

    I love three-letter monograms, but single-letter ones are pretty high on my list, too. 😉

  • Judy

    I like the look of the 3 letter monogram, but usually take the safe road and do one. Courage to experiment is on my list for 2014.

  • Barbara Leatherman

    I love a one letter monogram.

  • Shirley Clark

    I mostly do three letter monograms for my granddaughter, but on things like napkins, I just do one letter.

    I want to practice more doing those on woven fabric so they won’t pucker. That seems to be a problem no matter that stabilizer I use. Is there a trick to that I don’t know about?

  • Diane Cockman

    It depends on what I’m monograming. If for a granddaughter usually one, as I make it fancy. For an adult, I use three.

  • Sherrie

    I do one letter monograms.

  • Rhonda Higgins

    I have been doing 3 letter monogram on mens shirts for awhile now and like the way they make business shirts look expensive and very professional. I’ve done them on collars, pockets, and
    cuffs, and sometimes on the front placket. I also have done
    them on ties.

  • Pati

    Single letter in a frame is so elegant and timeless and my most complemented design.Happy New Year everyone!

  • Jan D

    I like 3 letter but for kids and casual things a fun single letter is pretty cute

  • JudiC

    I seemm to favor the single or double letter monogram. I can never get three to look quite right depending on the initials, of course.

    • Marti

      Get some good embroidery software……….It will line the letters up for you, and will always be beautiful and perfect!

      Personally, I use Bernina Software. Easy to learn and to use. Good luck and Happy New year! mjc

  • mimi

    I like the 3 letter ones, with the center letter a bit larger

  • joyce

    I like a single letter sometimes framed with a oval or circle. Also my initials are JJ so it can get confusing to have more letters.

  • Terri Bradford

    I’ve never done a monogram. Yesterday I bought a new machine.
    My previous machine (a used 4X4) was used to make things to sell
    To get the bigger machine. I can’t wait to do one!
    I am totally in love with embroidery!

  • Frances Powell

    My favorite is 3 letter. I like to experiment with the placement of the letters. It seems like there is an endless amount of ways to place the letters, resulting in numerous styles of monograms.

  • Donna G.

    I love the look of three letter monograms but usually do a single letter. Single letters seem more compatible with the projects I do.

  • Joanne Roth

    Great post. Loved the detail close-up photos of the stitching. Really good topic. I also bought this font this month and will try to post some photos soon – ill be sure to use the 40 wt thread though – thank you!

  • Joaniez

    I like single letter monograms, but I have done 3 letter monograms. I like the way the monograms looks so different by just changing the thread colors, I’ll have to try that. Thank you for your inspiration.

  • Sandra

    I enjoy single letter monograms because they are so elegant.

  • Casie Williams

    I do 3 letter monograms on gifts for couples. Otherwise, I use single letter.

  • Sandy

    It depends on what I’m monograming. But I really love the elegance of the single monogram that you have shared with us.

  • Jan L

    Typically 3 letter monogram is the one I do the most. Recently I have been experimenting with 3 letter monograms using lower case for the first and middle initial and cap for the surname. For Christmas gifts, the men in my life received monogrammed ties in this “new” format.

  • Carolyn Goodworth

    I love monograms, and I use different types for different occasions. I love different threads. I even tried cotton quilting thread for a hand-stitched look. Monograms rock!!

    • Shirl R

      It depends upon the occasion. I love this monogram. I like the white and off-white one the best, very sophisticated, I think.

  • Valerie Brown

    I favor single letter because I’m usually working on family items rather than those for an individual.

    Where on the spool is a weight listed? Or am I supposed to just know what weight threads are?

  • Odette

    I have never tried monograms, but your article makes me want to try experimenting with it!

  • Celeste B

    I like using the 3 letter monogram. When I stitch purses (and sometimes clothing) I will add my monogram on the inside. I have two different ones stored in my machine and I just choose the style that suits whatever I am making.

  • LindaW

    Depending on the project, I like three-letter and one-letter monograms. In the right font, three letters–without any other embroidery–can be classic, elegant, bold, etc. One-letter fonts look great with a frame.

  • Darlene Gerber

    I prefer single monograms. I presented 3 sets of embroidered Towels as gifts this year. I also did a 3 letter monogram for a young couple for their wedding.

  • chris laub

    I prefer a three letter monogram with the surname capitalized in the center.

  • Rosalyn Schultze

    Whether I use a one-letter monogram or a three-letter monogram depends upon the size of the article I am embroidering. For napkins, handkerchiefs, bandanas, etc., I usually use a single letter. Towels, tablecloths, placemats, etc., are attractive with a three-letter monogram.

  • Brenda Melahn

    Being a novice embroiderer, I would have to say a single letter monogram — less chance for error 😉

  • Nancy Weber

    I can’t say that I have a favorite style of monogram. I usually decide which style depending on what the project is. If I had to choose, I think it would be the traditional 3 letter monogram as I am a bit old-fashioned myself!

  • Betsy Milburn

    I love both single and 3 letter. Pocket t- shirts have been very popular in my area and I have stitched lots and lots of pockets with 3 letters. I love to give towels for wedding gifts and usually stitch only surname letter with some sort of motif. I think the towels make a wonderful gift that is remembered!

  • Ellen Perry

    I don’t believe I have ever done 1 letter. My wedding gifts are always 3 letters either on a towel or a kitchen towel
    Love reading your blogs and I have learned oh so much over the years
    Thank you
    Ellen Perry

    • eileenroche
      AUTHOR

      You’re welcome, Ellen. Happy New Year!

  • Eileen Morison

    I prefer 3 letters but it all depends on the project.

  • Sue J

    I love the 3-letter monograms. Recently, I was confronted with someone that had a hyphentated last name. I just used one letter monogram on her scarf…didn’t want to make the decision. But what would you use in that situation?

    • eileenroche
      AUTHOR

      Tradition says ‘no punctuation in monograms.’ But this is a modern society…so I would ask the recipient what they prefer.

  • Brenda McNeil

    I usually use a 3 letter if I know their middle name. If not just the single. Also according to their tradition. My dil is from Trinidad and doesn’t use 3 letter monograms.

  • pam eva

    Well, my husband and I have the same initials so I can get away with a two letter monogram and it includes both of us! so marry someone with the same initials, save thread!

  • Beverly Walker

    I typically use a three letter monogram.

  • Staci

    I prefer three letter monograms.

  • Patty Fiske

    I have yet to do a momogram, I suppose I will start with one

  • janice

    I have purchased a few monograms but haven’t used them yet. They look lovely on items of clothing and I purchase them but think I would look silly if I used them and they just sit on my computer.

  • nancyB

    The choice depends on where it is going.

  • I prefer a single letter monogram – especially if one of the client’s names begins with a vowel. Many times three letter monograms spell something disastrous. However, if all initials begin with consonants and they look attractive put together – it’s a go!

  • Connie M

    I prefer single letter monograms for sheets, pillowcases and most home decor. For clothing I generally prefer three letter monograms.

  • Martha

    I used to stress about which letter to use, what order to put them in, what color should it be etc. I have looked up “the rules” for monogramming and have come to the conclusion that any lettering is acceptable as long as the customer is happy. My favorite at the moment is the single letter.

  • Kathy Stoessner

    First I want to say thank you for the great prize from last week
    s assignment.

    I prefer the 3 letter Monogram style. I use it for new engagement gifts. Bride, Groom first initial and future married initial in the center.

  • Debra Wilson

    It depends on what the monogram is going on. Household uses usually get the 3 letter and personal items get a single letter.

  • Michele in IL.

    I use 3 letters. When doing it for couples I am traditional and put the MAN on the left.

  • Carol Seavitt

    I love 3 and 1 letter monogramming along with a border. And you are so right — have to play with the thread!

  • Teresa

    I use single letter Monograms. I too forget which order to put the letters in.

  • Caroline Burzan

    I have in the past done just one letter – but am going to do 3 on a purse so may change my mind 🙂

  • Pam Douglas

    I have done all but usually 3 – I too have a little problem with the placement but am getting better. I appreciate the hints given on the valuable blogs.

  • Donna Klug

    It depends on the project. I prefer 3 letter monograms for most things. There are so many variations for lining up the letters for different and creative looks. However a single letter on a pillow sham or wall hanging can be quite impressive as long as the size of the design fits well.

  • Bonnie Gray

    I like the 3 letter mongrams, but have started to do a more modern approach since reading one of your other blogs, the first 2 letters over each other next to a larger last initial. I use it for the younger crowd when i personalize something.

  • Liz Fergus

    I really love the 3-letter monograms on something with plenty of room. Otherwise, I go with the single letter. Monograms make everything just a little more special, especially in a gift to a friend. 🙂

  • Anne Kimble

    I love embroidery on towels.

  • LaNae Walters

    I have never done a monogram before but after reading this I cant wait for the letter W to come so I can try it out these letter K’s are beatiful.

  • Jill T.

    I typically use 3 letter monogram. But there are times when I will use a single letter monogram (last name)on clothes for my daughter & me because we share clothes. So either of us can wear it.

  • JoanJ

    I like the simplicity of a single letter.

  • Anne Marie Reilly

    I have done more of the one letter monograms, but I also like the look of the three letter ones.

  • Beth R

    I love the look of a very elegant yet colorful one-letter monogram.

  • Vickie Yanik

    I like both the one letter and the three letter, but I have to look up the rule on doing 3 letters. I am still in the learning process of doing machine embroidery. So much to learn, but I really enjoy what I have done so far.

  • Fran O

    I typically use 2 letter monograms on the inside of bags and totes. I like single on towels, but then again it depends on what the letter is. Some letters don’t look as well single, then I will use two.

  • Terry Senko

    I love the way the letters can weave together to form a unique design in a 3-letter monogram. That’s my favorite for me or to fulfill a specific request. Due to the complications of divorce, remarriage, partnerships, etc it’s not always easy to figure out which 3 letters to use for some of my friends or family, so I most often use 1 letter on gifts.

  • mira k. patel

    I am still new to do machine embroidery. I am learning. like to follow your instruction. will go for single, double or three letters monogram and it all depend on project I have to do. but today I like your single letter monogram with candlewicking design.

  • Royce Zook

    Single letter embossed on towels mainly.
    I think your choice of white outline with grey highlights is very swank! I like the design as it shows a lot of balance.

  • CINDY

    I mostly do embroidery for children and prefer One letter.

  • Sylvia Kidwell

    I use all forms of monograms, to fit the project I am working on. I Love your monogram book and use the designs frequently from my copy of your book & CD. My favorite is the Twig frame. I used it on pillow cases, fleece jackets and hand towels! Lovely design, always a winner. I use separate colors on the momogran font and a coordinating one on the frame.Machine-Embroidered Monograms for the Home is wonderful!
    Thank you, Eileen and Marie

  • Nancy Drake

    I like all styles. I use different styles for different projects. Really liked the colors in your examples.

  • Fran Wiest

    I haven’t actually done any monogramming yet, I am a little intimidated by it, never sure what kind of monogram to use. I would like to do a joint monogram for N & P (Nikki and Pete)but I never see the ampersand used. What would you suggest?

    • Mary Haggenmaker

      Try putting a heart in the middle.

  • Mary Haggenmaker

    Every Christmas there are at least 2 people that look forward to getting their monogrammed handkerchiefs. I use 3 letters and do the diamond shaping. I had a wedding gift of towels that I put the single initial on with some fancy shapes on the side. Sometimes I get requests from others for the Christmas handkerchiefs and I have to make sure that I get all 3 initials.

  • Jane Thomas

    I like three letters in my monogram with the last name in the center, the first initial on the left of center, and the middle/maiden initial to the left of center.

  • Molly

    I prefer Single monogram , Mainly because it fits the whole family and the Item is more versatile in all rooms.

    However I have no problem with the 2 and 3 monograms when personalizing things such as book bags and lunch pails and such.

  • Wendy Scott

    I personally like the 3 letter monogram.

  • Kristi Dennis

    I like single letter monograms best. I think they can look so elegant

  • susan

    My choice of 1 or 3 monograms depends on the FONT I am going to use.

  • Pam

    I used to prefer 3 letter but with the great Monogramming designs I have discovered the single letter has won out.

  • Pam M

    I love intertwined three-letter monograms, but it totally depends on the look I’m going for and, as others have pointed out, some letters just look better on their own. I have a huge collection of alphabets and just love playing with them in my spare time. Not much good at it – but having lots of fun anyway.

  • Nita

    It depends on the object I am embroidering on, size of the monogram/object and placement. I don’t think that I have a hard and fast rule just play it by ear, and as you said, practice, practice, practice.

  • Nancy H

    I usually use only one letter because I have a hard time deciding whose initial would go first thus making them feel “more important” than the one in the second position…rules, schmules, I do what looks the best with the font I am using

  • Dee

    I prefer the single monogram – for some reason just seems more personal – and less formal. And since I have always been known by my middle name, putting another initial first would confuse people for my own stuff.

  • Anne Kimble

    I like all 3 letters on most items.

  • Terri

    Depends on the project, really because I like the look of all of them. I made a small clutch bag several years ago with one monogram and I truly love it…it is an elegant, yet functional piece.

  • Elizabeth_T

    I personally like the single letter monograms, but I actually stitch more of the traditional three letter version as that is what most people are looking for.

  • deb bremer

    I like the 3 letter monograms. I have to get better at sizing them correctly though. I plan on doing sets of towels for myself and my family this year so will be playing with them more. Have a Happy New Year!

  • Della Carr

    I am new to the monogram, I have 12 sets of towels to monogram. I have been really drawn to the 3 letter type, they look so nice. Since I have so many to do, and many people have different ideas, and I am going to be testing out quite a few different ones. I would love to win the Machine embroidered monograms for the home. It would make these jobs so much better for me. Thanks for giving us a chance to win. Happy New Year!!

  • Julie K

    Personally I love the single initial monogram, but it seems that everyone I’ve stitched monograms for always ask for the 3-letter monogram. I need more practice though – they never look as polished when I’m finished as I hoped they would be!

  • Sherrie Lilly

    I love to monogram. What I use depends on the situation like who it is for and if it is for a special occasion. Bath towels I usually do 3 letter, napkins, pillow shams and hand towels are one letter sometimes 2 letters. I don’t do much childern things but they are usually 1 appliqued letter.

  • Vanessa B

    I love the look of 3 letters but most often go with single letter mongrams 🙂 Thank You!!!

  • Cheryl A

    The number of letters I use when monogramming depends on what it’s going on, the effect I want, and the monogram font or alpha itself.

  • Susan J

    I love the simple 3 letter diamond, but I try to evaluate the project and the font before deciding which way to go.

  • Elaine Budner

    I like the three letter monogram.

  • Bernice Keller

    I love monograms. Whether I use one or three letters depends on the item monogrammed and who it is for. Both are fun to do.

  • Gwenie

    Happy new year to you and all us crazy embroiders I love the one monogram it does look very chic and personal on gifts to friends and love ones .Have not used the wing needle yet but that’s my next project ..so meant things to try bring it on 2014 .

  • Lindae

    I do whatever the customer wants. Usually they want three letters

  • Deborah Snyder

    I like the look of a one letter monogram.

  • Brn-Brn

    I like the single letter as it can be larger since you are not using three.

  • Pam

    Most of the time I like the 3 letter monograms. Depending upon the letters used, sometime I will only use one to get the look that is best.

  • Mary J Chevalier

    Mostly I do single letter, but what is correct when the bride keeps her maiden name ?

  • Donna F

    I usually do single color monogramming. I have done two projects with the Monogramming that came in my machine that that was large letters with two colored flowers. I’m usaully doing towels or pillow cases. I never thought about the difference thread weight would make.

  • Colleen Gnehm

    I like to do single letter. I feel I have much more freedom with other embellishments when I only use one letter.

  • Carole D

    I like the three letter ones, but sometimes the “words” they spell out are not too flattering, so one must be careful. I also like the single larger letter with fancy embellishment. Sometimes if they are very embellished, more than one letter is overkill.

  • Denice Weys

    I like single monogram designs with just a little embellishment. Multiple letters and details that obscure the letters are too cluttered for my liking.

  • Karen McDonner

    I love and use monograms both ways. It all depends on what the monogram is going on. Thanks for the tips, just love the fancy single letter mono.

  • Paule-Marie

    I haven’t done many (okay only 1) monograms by machine. But a whole bunch of years ago when my grandmother taught me to embroider, the first project I remember doing was a monogram – it was just the one letter, but I stitched it the same way I see embroidery machines stitch out – and outline, an underlayment and then the fill stitch – in this case a satin stitch.

  • Phyllis Anne

    I agree with many of the others; I like a 3-letter monogram best. But, having said that, the single and double monograms also have their place and are as beautiful…it all depends on what you are putting the monogram on. Talk about “personalization”, what could be better than your own initials (or those of a loved one) that can turn into art by the style of the alphabet letter and the placement. If you haven’t already, check out EmbroideryArts’ monograms, they are spectacular.

  • Debbue

    So far I have done Single-letter only. Not because I don’t wish to do more, but because I am so new. Reading posts like this one is very inspiring and it also lets me know how important the testing process is. I used to be a person to jump in without testing anything ever. Thank you so much for the tips!

  • Alice Beers

    I am just getting back into embroidery and have always loved cutwork monograms. I especially love 3 letter monogram. They are so elegant and well worth the time.

  • Debe

    I like both single & 3-letter monograms, depending on the project I’m working on. I like 3 better than 2 as I feel they are more “balanced.

  • Polly

    Love 3 letter monograms in a frame, but often use 1 letter.

  • Elizabeth

    I’m a pretty traditional gal, I like the 3-letter Script monograms the best.

  • Julia Floyd

    The one-two-three letter monograms are all lovely and a classy addition to many objects. For personal items such as scarves, shawls, T-shrits and bags, I usually use a three letter monogram. I like the artistic look with “curly” letters intertwined. For children I just use a first name rather than a monogram. For household monograms such as towels, napkins, I use a one letter monogram. I love monograms and they are probably the item I embroider most often.

  • Judi Stello

    Putting monograms on items depends on where it’s going in my home. In each others baths, they get their own initial. If it’s a gift they get the formal 3 letter fancy initials. If it’s a child’s gift, I usually use two, it’s much easier for them to understand why two letters are used. I have yet to give a gift of a towel or sweater with monograms on and not have it received with a bad reaction. Also, depending on the reciepient, I will ‘dress’ up the monogram so it will blend in with the other designs I work the monogram with. Giving it a very high quality, professional look. That has brought more people seeking me out to do them the same look!

  • Carolyn Cohen

    My granddaughters want three initials so that is what I do the most.

  • Charlotte Key

    I enjoyed curling up with my favorite quilt and reading the Book Cooko’s Calling.

  • Katherine H

    It depends on the project. I try to make the monogram best fit the type of project and the space available.

  • Linda

    I like the 3 letter the most but sometimes I do the 2 letter. I’ve taken a class with you two years ago and loved it and your tips and techniques as well as all your designs.

  • Pat

    It depends upon what I’m doing and for whom. If I’m making a gift for someone in particular, I’ll use a single-letter monogram. If I’m making a wedding gift or a gift for a couple, I’ll use three letters.

  • Astrid Gallet

    Monograms are one of my favorite embroidery projects to do! I especially like to incorporate them on bridal veils. Even though the traditional calls for three, I adore the exquisite beauty of a well-designed single letter. Sometimes, if needed, I blend two letters into one, making one the shadow of the other.

  • Barb Torrey

    In most cases I love three letter monograms, especially when there are three different letters. I often use these for wedding gifts as it really represents the joining of two lives. I like single monograms for more contemporary applications and items.

    Your samples are beautiful. Thank you for your tips and explanations of potential problems.

  • Julie R

    Well, I just received an embroidery machine for Christmas from my loving husband and now I am ready to get it on! I told him I was going to monogram his underwear and everything else in the house! SO GLAD I stumbled upon this site!! Bookmarked and can’t wait to try out each of the 192 styles of monograms. This is my first experience with embroidery and I am very excited. My daughter asked if I would monogram a coffee cozy for her. I said OF COURSE. Now to read through that giant manual. Wish me luck. 🙂

  • Gina

    I love the challenge and diversity of the 3 letter Monogram. By having more than one letter you can create some amazing looks/designs.

  • Rosemary O'Koren

    I like one letter. My last name begins with an O. I find it hard to find a nice looking O. I like to do monograms for others.

  • Gerry Barrett

    Most of the time I use the large, single letter. But the runner up is the 3 initials with the last name letter being in the middle & larger…forgot what it’s called!

  • Sandy DuBose

    I usually stitch out 3 letter monograms. Depending on the project, some items look better with just one letter.

  • Doreen

    I like to use all three but sometimes I do one or two.

  • DIana Dyer

    I love doing monograms. I do single letter monograms the most. I like to use the three letter monograms on wedding gifts. Monograms are classy!

  • Betty Rose

    I love all machine embroidery, but enjoy monogramming because it lends such a personal touch to everything on which it’s applied and am forever seeking new monogram designs. Each project seems to require its own number of letters and style – part of the thrill and challenge of completing the item and I find trial-and-error experimenting not only necessary but fun in producing the best project possible.

  • Rho

    I like single letter monograms, very versatile.

  • Beverly Jefferies Vance

    I prefer three letters with the center one a bit larger

  • Joyce Hardiman

    I like to use all three, but sometimes only know two. I also am very fond of using one when they are very large.

  • kathy

    I usually do 1 letter monograms. But this year I would like to experiment with 2 or 3 letter. I especially love the designs I have seen.

  • Karen

    I use all three it makes a difference what the project is.

  • Judy Wentz

    It depends on what I am using the monogram for. I use either the three-letter or the single-letter monograms. I have never used two-letter monograms.

  • Paula Watson

    I love monogramming! I monogram anything that I can from towels to tote bags to my new fave, monogrammed chevron scarves. I typically use either one or three letters. It just depends on the project. I love monogramming sheets (on the top border) and pillow cases for a special gift. I usually use just one letter for these. On totes and other bags, I generally use three letters. I just did a hoodie for my daughter-in-love as a Christmas gift. I used a large, swirly three letter monogram. She loved it!!! Happy sewing!!

  • Mary E. Baker

    I am new at monogramming. In fact I have only monogramed three things. I put one letter on a bag and three letters on two sweat shirts. I did these all in the last three days so I don’t know which I like best. I think it would depend on the project.

  • Lara Theron

    When I do it is usually one or three letters. I prefer the one letter monograms as you can play with the colours as in your blog. I used the 3 letter monogram on two sets of towels for two weddings. I did the one set in gold and yellow on white towels and the other set in silver and white on black towels.

  • Marilyn Weiss

    I love the look of a single, very large monogram. Classic and understated never goes out of style.

  • Diedre Lingenfelter

    I love the look of three initials on specific items such as pillow cases, sheets, towels, but like the single initial on a personal item for a member of the family. On family items I use the three initials – husband on left and wife on right with family initial in the middle. I would love to win the monogram of the month! Happy stitching, everyone!

  • pfaffmobile

    I usually use three letters with the larger (last name) in the center position for very personal items. If I just want a bit of embroidery, I’ll use the couple’s last name initial and a frame. When it’s an item that can handle three initials and it’s for a couple, I use the large initial in the center of their last name and put the wife’s first name initial left of center and the husband’s first name initial right of center. I think that’s the easiest, most recognizable method. For napkins, it’s fun to stack the first initial of each member of the couple and then make their last name initial equal to the two stacked letters with them on the left.

  • MJ

    For children’s items I likes single monogram , the letter of the first name
    in a frame. For newly weds, 3 letter, first initials of bride and groom with the center initial larger . Last name.

  • Elaine Caskey

    I have done mostly 3 letter monograms and prefer them. I like to do different things with them like different shapes and fonts. I like to do monograms for couples with the sir name initial larger in the center. Your single monograms are beautiful and inspire me to experiment with the colors.

  • Tammy Esser

    I do what the the person paying me wants BUT if they ask me, I will laways pick three. Sometimes when I see all the “fun” fonts I think that the fancy and classy fonts will be lost in time. I have made my granddaughter shirts for her American with fancy fonts and two with fun fonts, while playing I heard her say “this one is my favorite we have to be careful” it was thefancy font shirt. This also was a way to teach her about initials.

  • Peggy Schroeder

    Hi Eileen,
    I prefer the three initial monograms, and they look beautiful on the cashmere scarves I did for Christmas for my girls. After trying various ways of stabilizers, even the one that was recommended by the scarf manufacturer in Scotland, (they said use Floriani’s fusible, water solubile) The one that worked best, and left no little white bumps of residue, was just regular mesh Wet n Gone. By the way, how can I purchase the “Monograms of the month”?
    Or is it only available as on your blog? Thanks for your help.

  • Sandra Strickland

    I have made and given away several purses and on them I prefer the 1 monogram. They turn out beautifully every time.

  • Diane Zimmerman

    I like a single except for pillowcases then I prefer the 3 letter monogram

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  • Elaine Caskey

    I love monograms. I use more three letter monograms than single ones because of being able to be more creative with size and arrangement of them. I love the single ones too, especially the ones just showed us.

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