Friday, March 20, 2009


One of my favorite things is a monogram. Especially a vintage one. They range from simple to ornate. They also allow a piece to be identified generations later as the pieces are passed down through a family. We have been fortunate to have inherited many items with monograms. It is fun for our family to look through these items and identify where they came from. Which family members of past generations held them or used them. Check the side bar under the heading "favorite things" to see the wedding pillows and duvet cover I treasure most. If you don't have any, create your own items to pass along. Or find some from a flea market with your family initials and start a new trend for your future generations.

I have read embroiders are optimistic people by nature. They are people who spend hours laboring to create something that will have a lasting presence. I believe this is true. I hope each of you that sew, embroider, or quilt "sign" your pieces. ( I hope if you create something by hand, painting, jewelry, etc. that you sign them as well) They are gifts of your hand and heart.

Each of the crazy quilt blocks I have made for our children has a monogram. There is also a tag on the back with my name.

The first crazy quilt block is done with a padded satin stitch "C" with ribbon embroidery and beads.

The 2nd block is made with tatting and embroidery.

The last one is done using a split stitch for the "C" and decorated with seed stitches, cross stitches, and colonial knots.

1st step: draw your design outline with a dressmaker's chalk.

Using a split stitch, cover the design.

2nd step: Completely cover the design and then add any other embellishment.
The graphic nature of the black fabric and white thread gives the 3rd piece completely different feel.

Until next time...


  1. Debra, your hand work is breathtaking and incredibly beautiful. I marvel at the delicacy of your stitches and the intricacy of your designs. I can imagine many years from now, your descendants handling these beautiful pieces and speaking in reverant tones about their maker. You rtuly have a gift for this craft.

    Happy Stitching...Ann :)

  2. There are so many hand stitched items out there that have not been signed, and we have no way of identifying them as time goes by. I think these days we're learning from that lesson, unfortunately I don't sign my work as beautifully as you do!

  3. Your so good Wagonwife!
    How Do you do it?



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