As you build your library of embroidery fonts, consider a basic applique font. Not too fancy, not to juvenile, not too feminine, not too masculine, well you get the idea. A basic applique font is helpful to have on hand as you’ll find many uses for this type of font. Upper case letters will do the trick for most of your monogram needs but having access to multiple sizes is a bonus. The Punky Monkey from Five Star Fonts includes five sizes: 2 ½”; 3 ¾”; 4 ¾”; 5 ¾” and 6 ¾” PLUS numbers zero through nine. The font should really be called Chunky Monkey because the letters are chunky – allowing for generous fabric exposure.
I liked the generous underlay behind the satin stitches because that tells me these stitches will stand up against terry cloth and faux fur – two popular fabrics for monogrammed items.
Whenever I create an applique that has a small opening in the center such as the letter R or B, I precut the applique. Precutting appliques saves so much time because it eliminates trimming in the hoop. I hoop the applique fabric and stitch color 1 of the applique design and then remove the fabric from the hoop. I trim just outside of the stitch line and set it aside. Next I hoop the base fabric and stitch color 1, the placement guide.
Then I spray the wrong side of the precut applique with temporary adhesive and place it over the outline. The next color tacks down the applique.
The final colors complete the decorative elements. The extra (and optional) line of bean stitches running right down the center of the satin stitches adds an interesting detail and elevates this simple font.
Our resident photographer, Pedro, really likes the extra bean stitch detail…
If you like to mix and match sizes as I’ve done here, then you’ll enjoy the simplicity of merging these pre-sized designs into the screen. To create this contemporary monogram, I used the 2 ½” extra small letters for the T (first name initial) and R (middle name initial) and the 5 ¾” large letter for the B (last name initial). Order and size of monogram letters are two elements that can be changed to avoid monograms that become words or acronyms like LSD, SOS and PMS. You can’t change someone’s name but you can get creative in the way you display the letters. The next time you’re confronted with a tricky letter combination consider using this unconventional approach to letter arrangement.