Recently my son took me on a holiday outing to the Dallas Museum of Art. We spent a delightful afternoon gazing at beautiful works of art. No matter what the media, I always seem to focus on all things embroidered. And if it an item isn’t actually embroidered, I often envision it in thread. For instance, this 1925 geometric coffee and tea service designed by silversmith Jean Puiforcat looks very modern with its rosewood handles and sharp angles.
Upon closer inspection, a beautiful monogram is engraved on each piece. The three-letter monogram mimics the angles of each vessel and looks both modern and masculine.
To pull off this same look in thread, you’ll have to size the letters individually to achieve the stacked and centered layout. It made me think of a classic font that’s built into many Baby Lock and Brother embroidery machines.
In the past, built-in designs have been scalable to about 20% but with today’s machine upgrades, a full 200% change in size is possible. The mega-sized font is feminine when stitched with all colors of the design but eliminate the flowers and you have a very modern monogram.
Now, let’s add a first initial. Shrink and center it inside the last name initial. Granted, this won’t work for every letter combination but it’s amazing what does work when you take 10 minutes to explore the possibilities.