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Blog > The A Monogram- a Free Tutorial

    George Eliot wrote: What do we live for if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?   Hello Stitching World, I hope you are all safe and well. What with many countries being in lockdown and others opting to stay safe at home, I thought you may like to make a monogram or two for Christmas gifts, hopefully, one of the letters will match a friend or family member’s name! So, I will choose letters at random (whenever I have a chance) and I will write a post with the instructions, with a pattern to download (in colour) which you can trace onto fabric or print onto fabric if you have access to the facilities. No worries if you do not have access to printing facilities to print onto fabric in colour, tracing the outline of the letter printed in black and white on your home printer will also work.   I will start with the letter A. You'll find a place to download the template further down the page.  Letter-A    
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    Download the free A template here Letter A - the pattern   You can print it in colour onto fabric using your own inkjet printer or print it in black and white and trace the design onto fabric. Use a blue water-soluble pen, sharp pencil or waterproof pigment ink pen. Try to use a light colour fabric, linen, cotton, or cotton blend is good. Trace as neatly as possible making the leaf and flowers slightly smaller so they will be covered by your stitches. Trace the shadow outline as well which you can fill in with a grey thread and stem stitch filling which is rows of stem stitch made close together to fill in the shape.   Download the instructions for letter A from my Monograms and Words book here:  A Monogram-Page 60 A Monogram-page 61     If I have forgotten to add anything or if you have any questions, please email me   Enjoy!   What do you need? -You will need the letter printed or traced onto pure cotton or linen fabric, a cotton blend is also good. Whatever you have at home will do.  -Use a soft voile or cotton backing fabric the same size as your embroidery panel to place under your embroidery panel - A 10-inch (25 cm) hoop   Needles. If you don't have these below, use whatever you can find that'll suit the thread or ribbon.   
Crewel size  7 and 9
Chenille size  20 and 22
Tapestry no. 20
    Thread   Use what you can find: Six-strand cotton – DMC, Anchor or any brand you like a) Powder blue b) Soft green c) Optional: Gold metallic thread   ** Note - use one strand of thread unless suggested otherwise.   Silk Ribbon 1) 2mm silk – soft green 2) 4mm silk – dusty pink   Stitches used - click on each stitch name to be taken to the diagram.   Stem Stitch FillingCouching; Detached chain-stitch; Fly stitch; French knot. Grab stitch; Ribbon stitch; Spiderweb rose. Stem stitch; Straight stitch   Illustration-A   MonogramA-Roses   Have fun and stay safe. Love Di van Niekerk Heartbl  MonogramA-fill-in            
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