Monday, March 8, 2010

Playing with Letters

From My Pieced Alphabet:


One day I noticed a cross stitch alphabet hanging on the wall of a fabric shop.  "Aha", I thought, "I could make a pieced alphabet based on that."  Shortly after that, my Heritage alphabet was born.

Later I discovered that mine was not the first such pieced alphabet.  I found several similar alphabets; some of them dating back to the 1800's.  Although they were all similar, none of them was exactly the same.  There were always some letters that were different.

At first I was disappointed that my alphabet wasn't totally unique.  Then I realized that it was part of a historical tradition.  I suddenly felt connected to the past and I was content.

What if I start with a 5 x 7 grid?

I can substitute squares of fabric for the x's used in the original cross stitch.

What if I experiment with several versions of each letter?

This is my final choice for 2.

The gaps are part of the traditional cross stitch vocabulary.  As is the attempt to be very ornate.

For more lettering ideas go to My Posts by Subject in the sidebar on the right and click on  Lettering.


  1. Love the final choice!

    It is both elegant and decorative.

    Judy B

  2. Judy


    The word fancy also comes to mind.