Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Make a Button Monogram

Yesterday I shared the new Victoria Classics special interest publication, Monograms. (Enter here to get your name in the teacup for a complimentary copy of this issue signed by Editor-in-Chief Phyllis Hoffman DePiano.) While we're on the subject of artistic personalization, I wanted to share this button monogram I stitched earlier this year. I made it to use as decoration for Mary Ashley's Birthday Craft Fair, but I love it so much I have kept it in my sitting room, which is also my sewing room.

For this project, I drew a script M on linen fabric with a blue fabric pen. I sewed an overlapping line of inexpensive plastic buttons over the letter, then filled out the design by stitching on a variety of buttons. I mounted the completed design to a self-stick mounting board I found in the embroidery section at Hobby Lobby and framed the piece in a discarded frame.

The frame I used was originally gold. While I no longer favor the brassy tone, the pattern seemed to suit the button monogram. So I used a little watered-down acrylic paint to whitewash the frame.

Now this monogram is cute as a button and a perfect accent for my sewing room.

"Buttons and patches and the cold wind blowing,
The days pass quickly when I am sewing."
~ Author Unknown

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