I have blogged about monograms for a long time. I think with our Classic Sewing magazine and the machine embroidery monograms that we offer, beautiful monogram designs naturally catch my eye.
Sunday before church started, this couple came in and introduced themselves, revealing that both of their first names started with Rs as well as their last name. Without thinking or filtering my words, I blurted out, “Oh, my goodness, what an amazing monogram you have—three Rs!” The husband cocked his head and looked at me like I was a convicted felon. He had no clue what I was talking about. She grinned and nodded with great delight!
It’s funny, but when you adore monograms, nearly everything you see becomes a potential canvas for your next project. You rummage through antiques stores looking for “your letter,” and goodness, if you find a set of napkins—the world stops spinning! The hunt is thrilling.
These days, we are monogramming everything. Several of my friends have script monogram decals on the back windows of their cars! And young mothers today are laboring (no pun intended) over the initials that their babies will have.
What is it about monograms that we love so much? Well, the other day I was reading a book about giving the perfect gifts, and the most amazing statement was there right in front of me: “When you give a monogrammed gift, the recipient knows that you planned ahead for the occasion.” Oh, how true that is!
Over the years I have collected wonderful sources for monogramming and plenty of linens to choose from, both of which have come in handy in a time crunch. Whenever I am searching for a gift or hosting a gathering, I turn to my faithful sewing machine and get to creating!
One of the most beautiful bridesmaids’ luncheons that I had the privilege of hosting along with friends was a Kentucky Derby-themed luncheon—Run for the Altar. We used black and white hatboxes filled with classic red roses, so I wanted the table linens to be extra special as well.
The previous holiday season I had ordered white placements edged with a red band and the matching napkins. So I got these out and thought, “A monogram would make these absolutely perfect for the occasion!” Napkins are wonderful to monogram because it ensures they will be visible. I used to monogram place mats, but when you sit the plate down, the beautiful design is hidden.
Because I have been monogramming for so long, I am always looking for unique and new designs! One of my favorites of late is this Simply Sweet Monogram Set from Classic Sewing magazine. It still has a classic look about it, but with a hint of bravado, which I love! To learn more about this darling set, click the image below!
All of that to say, the timelessness of a monogram lies in the thoughtfulness behind the practice. A monogram is personal, unique, and tailored to the specific individual. It is the perfect vehicle for adding color, style, and a little Southern flair!