It seems a vintage sheet, tablecloth or napkin is far more valuable if it's monogrammed...
These linens would have been stitched by young women for their dowry chest. That way they'd have a collection of nice linens ready for married life.
I thought it would be lovely to have a monogrammed cotton sheet on my daughters bed as part of her room makeover. The fact that she'd rather have some hideous poly cotton Littlest Pet Shop bedding is neither here nor there. I can't go there. It goes against every fibre of my being.
So I thought, how hard can it be to do this monogramming?
I picked up two vintage cotton sheets from the flea market for 50p each, found a monogram template online and printed it out the size I wanted. (Weird snobbery - I can't do new poly cotton but I can do 50p used cotton sheets.)
I pinned it under the sheet and traced over it in pencil.
Then I went round all the outlines in a small backstitch, using all 6 strands of white embroidery thread...
An embroidery hoop kept it taught while I stitched.
Next, I filled in the solid parts of the design with little straight stitches inside the backstitched lines.
It doesn't matter if it's looking messy. This is just to provide the padding when you go over it in your satin stitch.
With the satin stitch I sewed on the outside of the backstitched line going over and over with a nice smooth finish...
Ta daa! Okay, if you regularly embroider you'll probably be quite horrified and it's nowhere near as good as the examples above but I'm happy with it. It took one evening of sewing and I really enjoyed it.
My daughter? Not so much.
My daughter may not appreciate my beautifying efforts but Bad Bobby and Fat Freddy are REALLY enjoying the raised bed! It wasn't supposed to be a cat bed. I'm just glad they're not using it as a cat toilet!
More on my daughters room soon...
Thanks to those who nominated me for the MADs blog awards. I was unaware (again) and so missed the opportunity to beg for votes. Doh. They don't actually let you know if you're nominated. One year I'll be ready with my campaign! Thank you anyway!