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How to make a Monogram – The Letter H


How to make a Monogram – The Letter H



♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸Hello from a cool and overcast Cape Town—summer is slowly fading away, that’s for sure. It’s nearly long weekend and so I thought that you would enjoy learning how to embroider the letter H for Happy Weekend! 




This monogram is from my book:

Embroidered Alphabets and Monograms & Words 

Note: Embroidered Alphabets seems to be out of print overseas, but Monograms and Words it is still available from this page on my website. Once on the page, click on View in your currency to see what it costs in your own currency.

** Your nearest stockist may also have this book in stock and the printed panels/ribbons from the book. Have a look here to find your nearest outlet.

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Letter H by Di van Niekerk

A list of what you need



Six-strand thread.* Separate and use one strand of the six.

405 a) Gumnut “Stars” silk no. 405 

40b) Chameleon silk no 40


38c) Chameleon silk no. 38


37d) Chameleon silk no. 37 


Silk Ribbons

301) Di van Niekerk’s 4mm silk no. 30

692) Di van Niekerk’s 2mm silk no. 69 

413) Di van Niekerk’s 4mm silk no. 41

434) Di van Niekerk’s 7mm silk no. 43

525)  Di van Niekerk’s 7mm silk no. 52




Crewel size 9 or 10

Chenille size 18, 20 and 22

Tapestry size 13, 14 or 16



I have uploaded the design to my website for you here:

Letter H to download and print  

*The PDF file is 2.6MB in size as you will need a good-quality picture to print.

Due to the size it may take a while to appear on your screen.


Letter H artworkPrint the design and refer to:


How to copy and print the image onto fabric on page 16 to 22 in my book:

-Embroidered Alphabets with ribbon embroidery and

-Monograms and Words in ribbon embroidery


* For a quick and easy option, you are welcome to order the panel, ribbon and threads here (choose the letter H options you would like) or order from your nearest stockist


What else do you need?


Printed or traced design. See notes above.

Backing fabric the same size as your embroidery panel. Read more about backing on page 23.

10 inch (25cm) hoop

Stitches used in this design

Stitches p 57* See stitch gallery on pages 52 to 58 of the book and I have also added the links in the instructions below.

Chain stitch; Couching; Detached Chain stitch; Fly stitch; French knot; Loop stitch; Ribbon stitch; Ribbon stitch roses; Ribbon stitch with curled-up-tips; Split back stitch; Stab stitch; Stem stitch; Straight stitch; Whipped back stitch.

* If you have the book, you could also refer to:

  • Before You Start on pages 23-28
  • Keeping your work clean and useful hints on page 29
  • Stitches and Techniques on pages 31-49


Step-by-step instructions


1. Fill in the initial


step 1

Use thread a, and make rows of chain stitch alongside each other to fill in the turquoise initial.

Make short chains, about 2mm (1/16 “), making some even shorter to accommodate the curves.


2. Make the stems

step 2

Use ribbon 1 and twist it before couching it in place with thread b.

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Use a gentle tension so as not to flatten the ribbon.

Make the thin stems in thread b and whipped back stitch.


3. Make the leaves

step 3


Use ribbon 1 and straight or ribbon stitch to form the green leaves on the stem, working from the stem outwards.

Use ribbon 2 and do the same for the turquoise leaves.

Change to ribbon 1 and use several fly stitches in a row to form the large leaves of the Dog Roses and the pink daisy.

Fly stitch leaves with dark pink roses

Change to thread b and use detached chain stitch, fly stitch or straight stitch for the small green leaves.

Use thread c and do the same for the tiny pink leaves.


4. Make the dark pink roses

step 4 and 5


Use ribbon 3 and make the three dark pink roses with a ribbon stitch rose.


Ribbon stitch rose

Start with thread d and make five or six French knots (three-wraps) to form the centre of the rose. 

Change to ribbon 3 and form the petals with ribbon stitch.


Hint: Work over a spare tapestry needle to form loose, raised petals and use the tapestry needle to reshape the petals to form a more attractive rose.


5. Make the purple Wisteria


step 5

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With thread c, make French knots to form the lilac flowers, wrapping the thread three or four times around the needle.

Refer to the completed picture above as a guide. To add more colour, use the same thread c and whip the couched green stems.

See whipped couching below.

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 Whipped Couching

6. Make the pink Dog Roses

step 6


Use ribbon 4 and ribbon stitch with curled-up-tips to form the turned up petals.


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 Ribbon stitch with curled-up-tips

Use ribbon stitch for the smaller petals, working from the centre of the rose outwards.


Use the thread colour d and make three-wrap French knots to form the yellow stamens in the centre of the rose.

With the same thread make tiny stab stitches to re-shape and secure the tips of the petals.




7. Make the yellow flowers

step 7


Use ribbon 5 and, working over the spare tapestry needle, form a loop stitch for each yellow flower.

Use thread c or d and make a three-wrap French knot in the centre of each looped flower.



8. Embellish the initial



step 8

Use thread c and a stem or split back stitch along one edge of the initial to form a dark shadow, and to add colour at the same time.


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split-back stitch




…. Hope you enjoyed this tutorial  


I have some beautiful masterpieces to share with you in the weeks to come. 


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Enjoy your weekend and Happy Easter!






love from Cape Town