Hand-Embroidered Monogram Handkerchiefs

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Hand Monogrammed Handkerchiefs

I purchased a batch of vintage crochet-edged handkerchiefs from etsy and then hand-monogrammed away for a personal touch to this item that likely no one will ever use, lol. But I like sewing on the bus and while watching television, so it all evens out.

Back of Letters - tip - much smaller splitstitches when curving inwards

I used the flowered monograms from Needle N Thread and then generally followed this YouTube tutorial from Malina GM for hand-embroidery monograms. Yes, it's in Russian, but that doesn't seem to matter. What matters is that you get practice beforehand! After three monograms I finally started producing a consistent outcome!

1 Use iron transfer pencil to transfer monogram design
2 Fill in missing details with water soluble pencil/marker
4 Running stitch in the interior and finally, satin stitch over all of it
5 Notice the gaps, and the pink tinge from the iron transfer pencil
7 Iron (Pink tinge is gone, as are the fabric-weave gaps!)
Handmade Embroidery White-on-White Monogram Handkerchiefs

Tips
  1. Using already crochet-edged handkerchiefs provides visual interest from any perspective.
  2. To center placement of the iron-on transfer on fabric, it helps to cut the corners off at a 45 degree angle.
  3. Cover noticeable spots with the monogram. (Embellish as needed).
  4. Use a water soluble marker or pencil to fill in details that did not transfer via the iron-on. (Winging it does not work).
  5. It might be wise to use a water soluble stabilizer on the bag of the handkerchief, to keep the delicate fabric from stretching or warping too much.
  6. Embroidery thread is made of 6 strands, use only 2 at a time.
  7. When outlining the monogram, use split stitch instead of back stitch on thinner fabrics like handkerchiefs. (Avoiding using the same entry/exit multiple times).
  8. When outlining the monogram, use smaller split stitches when the curve is inward. (Threads tend to show otherwise. You want them hidden in the satin stitch).
  9. During satin stitching, I like to have the inner curve upward, and bring my needle up through that side, so as to cover the split stitches on the underside with the satin stitch.
  10. Fourth time's the charm. (You may need ~three practice runs, unless you embroider regularly).
  11. Soak finished monogram in cold water with a drop or two of bleach, for an hour+. Wash in delicates cycle. Iron while still wet.
3 Splitstitch around the outside of the design (backstitch works for stronger fabrics)
Hand Monogrammed Handkerchiefs
Hand Monogrammed Handkerchiefs

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