More Monograms for Hand Embroidery

Album d'Alphabets et de Monogrammes No.2 coverThe Antique Pattern Library announced the availability of another free ebook. This publication is listed as Album d’Alphabets et de Monogrammes No.2. It is a 101 page collection of Monogram designs. The scans are clear and well produced.

As time goes on and the more I work my long band sampler the more I like to include lettering so I am becoming more interested in monograms and lettering. I find I have quite a collection and this book of designs will only add to it!

As usual the best way to highlight the value of this free ebook is share some page spreads.

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These monograms for hand embroidery are all from a free ebook   Album d’Alphabets et de Monogrammes No.2.

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The book contains 63 Alphabets.

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Some a very traditional while others have a modern Art Deco style.

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Most of the alphabets are for surface embroidery but there are also patterns for people who do cross stitch too!

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An overview of each page is here and the PDF file is available here

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Happy Holidays! and little gift

I want wish all my readers a safe and happy holiday season and wish all the best for the coming year. I really do appreciate my readers. I have a little gift of a free hand embroidery pattern which I hope readers enjoy.

Free Christmas tree pattern colouredA free hand embroidery Pattern of a Christmas trees!

Free Christmas tree patternYou can outline the trees in stem stitch or chain stitch and there is plenty of spaces for beads and sequins if you want to add them. I have also made it available in PDF file format so you can print it out easily. Download the PDF file here

Other free resources

There are many other free resources on this site.

Probably one of the most useful resources for crazy quilters is a tutorial on how to work decorative crazy quilt seams. I have a screenshot below of one of the 17 page mini ebook. In case you missed it, here is the  download  and keep it as an ebook on a tablet, or print it out easily.

screenshot of tutoralIf  you need to know how to work hand embroidery stitches, I have provided free,  12 Surface Stitches for Beginners. Follow the link for a direct PDF download.

There are also free modules in my stitchers worksheets which cover the basic stitches. They are free and none of my stuff asks you to subscribe to anything or join this or that, they are a simple give away.

In this past I regularly give away free crazy quilt block patterns from my I Dropped the Button Box Quilt  follow the links to each block that is listed on CQ Details FAQ page

This last year

In this last year I have been working on my book. In August I announced that I had signed with C&T Publishers. I was thinking of self publishing but I decided the traditional route as I think I will write a better book if I work with a good publisher. I did have to do some re-thinking but it is still on track.

The other thing I have been working on is my second set of stitchers templates. I now have two sets of templates available and both have a ebook of patterns that go with them.

Crazy Quilt Templates set 1 you will find here 
Crazy Quilt Templates set 2 you will find here 

dove from Crazy Quilt Templates set 2


In July the hand embroidery Take a Stitch Tuesday (TAST) challenge re-run came back by popular demand.The   TAST facebook group is really very popular and at the time of writing there are over 2,400 members. That makes for a very active and fun stitch along!  All are welcome

Next year

I plan to carry on working on this book and make the publishers deadline…

Take a stitch Tuesday will continue. I will recommence posting a new TAST stitch on January 12th. If you want to know more about the challenge you can see the guidelines on the TAST FAQ page.

As many of you have noticed I have been posting stitch tutorials as  I am moving my stitch dictionary here. Just about every page needs updating and I am re-writing many bit by bit and this will continue. Also an index page listing all the stitches will appear soon. With this project it’s a chicken and egg situation I need the pages created on pintangle before I can create an index page of links to them. So that is happening steadily.

I will of course be writing about other things too


Anyway from wherever in world you are, my home to yours, my best wishes and stay safe this holiday season. I hope all your needles are easily threaded, your floss stays knot and tangle free.

Happy Holidays and see you next year!

A Handbook of Lettering for Stitchers

Lettering for Stitchers coverA Handbook of Lettering for Stitchers reaches outrageous prices on Amazon. I have seen it priced at well over $100. To be honest it is a good book but it not worth that, particularly since it is now out of copyright and Public Collectors  host a pdf copy for free.

This classic book is now free and really worth the download if you are interested in using any sort of lettering on a hand embroidery project. You can download the pdf file here

Lettering for Stitchers design ideas 4A Handbook of Lettering for Stitchers was published in 1973 and it looks like it. The black and white illustrations will not impress modern readers who are used to lush photography in full colour but this book contains 100 pages of really useful patterns and design tips for stitchers who love lettering.

Lettering for Stitchers design ideas 5People who are interested in hand embroidered samplers will also delight in the genuine retro feel of the patterns.

The book contains many illustrated pages that display a huge variety of designs that you can use in embroidery. The strength of this book is that in her examples Elsie Svennas has applied various stitches to every letter of the alphabet.

Lettering for Stitchers design ideas 6The book starts with a brief history of using decorative monogram before embarking on a detailed discussion on stitches that are suitable to use for lettering in embroidery.

Lettering for Stitchers hand embroidery ideas 1One of the reasons I avidly read old embroidery books is they often illustrate different ways of using a stitch. For instance in the illustration above, look at how the detached chain stitch is opened up to create the flower. The detached chain almost but not quite becomes a fly stitch.

Lettering for Stitchers hand embroidery ideas 3This type of approach to hand embroidery is still very contemporary and I delight in discovering instances like this. Here is another instance I would like to share. Readers who are enjoying the TAST (Take a Stitch Tuesday) stitchers challenge will be aware that recently one of the challenge stitches was Satin Stitch. Take a look at how the Satin stitch is slanted on the letter O and how  back stitch and satin stitch is combined in the letter T.

Lettering for Stitchers hand embroidery ideas 2This page from the book demonstrates more creative uses of basic stitches. On the curve illustrates in the top right hand corner of this page and on the letter O take a look at how the open chain stitch is tied together like sheaf stitch. On the same page see how regular chain stitch is whipped on both sides to produce a very different line on the letter b and M.

Lettering for Stitchers design ideas 1An aspect of the book that I really like is that throughout there are many options to adapt what is on the page to what you need. Here is advice on how to adapt the illustrations for thick or thin lettering to use on your project.

Lettering for Stitchers design ideas 2There are also design tips woven through the text.

Lettering for Stitchers design ideas 3As I read through the book I thought that people who do zentangles would probably enjoy inserting patterns into the letter forms.

If you like this Handbook of Lettering for Stitchers  you will probably also enjoy Elsie Svennas other  classic embroidery book titled Handbook of Stitches: 200 Embroidery Stitches, Old and New . The copy I have is well thumbed. It is now out of print so you see some silly pricing. Since I buy embroidery books for the information they contain and not their collectors value I would not pay more than $30 for a copy (I have seen it priced at $350.00!) . If you spot it in a second hand book shop at a reasonable price and are interested in using embroidery stitches in a creative modern manner and like retro styling you will enjoy your bargain as Elsie Svennas has an inventive mind.

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