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Need that monogrammed? What I now ask my house guests.

monogrammed purse

monogrammed purse

Have you ever had a friendship where you discover the more you get to know this friend – the more you have in common… and maybe that’s why you got along so well all this time? This is exactly what happened to me when our friends from Boston came to visit last week.

Roz and I  have a lot in common I have discovered.  We both teach at a college, we both have two girls (aged 8 and 10), and we both have the exact same Target bedspread. We also both have embroidery machines – although she has not learned how to use hers yet. Lucky for me I got to give her some demos, and she was actually interested.

Another thing we have in common is our TJ Maxx purses. The only difference besides color is that my purse is monogrammed. “Hey,” I asked her, “you need that monogrammed?”

She had never given it a thought. Clearly, we St. Louisans care much more about monograms than they do in New England. This became even more apparent when Roz had to actually THINK about what her monogram should be!!!

But Roz obliged and I quickly stitched out a monogram on her purse, and she was thrilled with the results. Her husband thought it was a little weird though and asked if I monogram everyone’s clothes and accessories when they come into my house, which is actually not a bad idea. Anyway – maybe this little bit of monogramming will get Roz psyched to do learn how to use her embroidery machine and we will have even more in common.

How to monogram a sweater with your embroidery machine.

Monogrammed initial sweater for my mom (Laverne style!)

Monogrammed initial sweater for my mom (Laverne style!)

Today is my mom’s birthday which always presents a HUGE challenge because she is so difficult to shop for. I already gave her my favorite gift for mothers day which is the monogrammed straw hat. And prior to about 24 hours ago, I did not have much up my sleeve.

When I was in Texas last week, (sorry I mentioned Texas … just after I promised to stop talking about it), I had some time to shop. The only stores around were big box stores like TJ Maxx and Marshalls, which was fine with me because these stores can be great sources for inexpensive items to embroider and appliqué.

In TJMaxx I found a bright pink lightweight sweater that I thought would be perfect for an initial monogram. It also presented a bit of a challenge as I have never actually embroidered on a sweater. But there is a first for everything.

Actually when embroidering on this sweater I didn’t really do anything different than I normally would when embroidering on a t-shirt. And guess what? It turned out super fantastic.

Here’s a little how-to on how I did it.

How to embroider on a sweater.

How to embroider on a sweater.