Don’t you love June? The early days of June sweep in thoughts of sunny skies, blue waters and light breezes. When I spotted the Scrollwork Alphabet #12511 from www.embroideryonline.com, I couldn’t help but think of ways to use this swirling fresh alphabet. Wouldn’t it look great on a porch pillow, beach tote or picnic table linens? I opted to stitch it on a traditional kitchen towel.
But why HQ? Why not? The poor letter Q – it hardly ever gets stitched on fabric, it just sits in the digital collection waiting for Mrs. Quinn to stop by and download it. I might not be a Quinn but I do have a headquarters. My kitchen is the heart of my home – headquarters for all kinds of activity. I thought it would be fun to display the HQ towel and see how many people ask, “Whose initials are HQ?”
Actually, if I know my gang, they won’t even ask, they’ll just assume it’s another of my embroidery blunders!
In all seriousness, the letter Q has an overlooked detail – that of a descender. When working with initials that include descenders (elements that fall below the text baseline) such as the letter Q, pay attention to the size of the letters as the body of the Q may be smaller than other initials. Open Scrollwork Alphabet HQ in BERNINA Embroidery Software DesignerPlus or other embroidery editing software. Notice how the Q does not sit on the same baseline as the H.
Select the Q and increase the size so that the body is the same height as the other letter. For my use, it doesn’t matter where the tail of the Q will land, I’m just stitching one line on a towel but that’s not always the case in other applications.
If another line of text or a frame was below the monogram, then take the beard line into consideration. The beard line is the tip of the descender.
Next, focus on the space between the two letters. Since some scrolls extend beyond the actual letters, consider linking the letters through the scrolls.
Zoom in to get a clear picture of the connection.
Now, rotate the design to fit in the hoop and stitch the design.
June….it’s never been prettier!
|The winner of last week’s assignment answered the following question:What is your favorite go-to gift? One comment will be chosen to receive a $25 gift certificate to spend on the DIME website. Thanks for reading and good luck!The winner is: Donna G.
Kitchen and bath towels are the go-to gift I use most often but I like the idea of personalized napkins!