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
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.