or more than a decade now, I’ve been using an embroidery machine to embellish various projects.
After all these years, it’s still one of the best investments I’ve ever made because I use it all the time to easily transform simple items into pretty, personalized gifts like this hanky with a monogram.
This monogrammed hanky is my latest embroidery effort.
If you recognize the Victorian letter style, it’s because I’ve featured this alphabet here before (more on that further down in this post).
I’ve used this alphabet several times and it always stitches out nicely and looks elegant on everything I put it on.
Here’s a look at the closeup of the monogram.
I love the soft, florals in the design which also includes delicate leaves and bouquet rings that swirl perfectly to make up the letter.
She provided these off-white, dainty hankies and she trusted me to select the design.
I settled on this Victorian alphabet that you may recall seeing in my monogrammed napkins from last year. This is still one of my favorite embroidery/sewing projects.
Take a look at that original post to see how to actually make the napkins.
I think this Victorian alphabet is gorgeous and so elegant when stitched out.
In addition to uppercase letters, this design is also available in lowercase letters.
This will serve as a guide line which is needed to accurately line up the fabric in the embroidery machine.
Since this hanky already had a some taupe colored cut-work embroidery on one end, I dug through my thread stash to find a matching color.
I couldn’t find an exact shade but I found one close enough.
Embroidery machines come with plastic grid templates to fit each hoop size.
The templates are used to help line-up the fabric, needle and water soluble marks so you know everything is positioned properly before you hit that start button.
Stabilizer helps keep the fabric from shifting on the hoop as the design is being stitched out.
This is especially critical when using very thin fabric like the hanky material because even a slight shift can potentially throw off the design and force you to start all over with a new fabric.
Look closely and you can see the first few stitches of the design which appear right on top of the stabilizer sheet. Remember, the stabilizer will be washed out after the design is complete.
It doesn’t take long for the design to begin to take shape.
Here you can see the dimensions of the project, the hoop size requirement, how long the project will take to complete, how many thread changes are involved as well as how many stitches have already been stitched out and how many more stitches are left to finish.
This is such a beautiful process and it’s always amazing to watch the design stitch out and almost appear out of nowhere.
It may feel a bit stiff at first but the fabric will soften again after drying.
Once dry, press gently with a cool iron.
Here’s a closer look at the finished hanky.
You really can’t go wrong with this alphabet regardless of the thread color.
I think both designs turned out beautifully, fit for any wedding day.
I’m pleased to say the happy bride agrees. ♥