If you're an embroiderer, sooner or later you're going to be
monogramming and personalizing things. People have been using
monograms and symbols to represent themselves for just about as long
as we know anything about humanity: ancient Greek and Roman rules
had their initials stamped on coins, medieval artisans identified
their work with a unique mark, and the Victorians turned those
intertwined trios of letters into a fashionable status symbol.
Monogramming has been having a moment again recently, but truth is
it's a practice that's truly timeless -- and not just for the
aristocracy, but for anyone who wants to make it their own.
Google "monogramming rules" and you'll find endless guides
detailing the guidelines for arranging initials and selecting
typefaces to create monograms for individuals and couples. We'll
cover the basics here, but please keep in mind: the so-called
"traditions" often vary from source to source, and there are no
monogramming police. The only authority is you. So if you like any
given "rules," use 'em. If not, throw 'em out and do what you like.
This tutorial contains guidelines and suggestions for designing
your own unique and offbeat monograms. Check out the
Embroidering with Alphabets tutorial for tips on how to combine
your letters, in software or by hand -- and of course, check out all
of Urban Threads'
alphabet embroidery designs to discover some new monogramming