We personalize a lot of towels, bed linens and clothing items for our Boutique clients. With every order come a lot of questions because there are so many variables.
Most of our monogramming is done stateside by a terrifically talented woman, Fatima Vaz. Her atelier is a true artist's studio and she (and her team of well-trained seamstresses) produce some of the finest monograms and embroideries I've ever seen.
|Custom-designed Guest Towels by Palm Cottage |
Each time we send an order for monogramming, we must choose a stitch. The type of stitch and its size determine the cost of the monogram. For example, a towel can be embroidered in French Knot, Ringstitch, Swiss Flat or Swiss Filled stitching. In addition, each treatment can be shaded, outlined or two-tone.
|Two-tone Swiss Filled Stitch|
The French Knot, as the name implies, is a tightly-packed clutch of little knots.
It is the least expensive stitch and lends itself well to the texture of terrycloth.
|French Knot Stitch|
Ringstitching is a series of chain-like links that take on the shape of an arc as they fill in an area.
|Swiss Flat Stitch|
Swiss Filled stitching is a Swiss Flat stitch that has been embroidered over repeatedly, or in some cases, actually has a cording under the stitching which gives a three-dimensional effect to the work. This is the most expensive type of machine embroidery.
|Swiss Filled Fancy Stitch|
After the stitch is determined, our customer may choose their colors. We have two thread charts for domestic embroidery. One is DMC which many of you who are needlecrafters will recognize, and the other is a custom thread selection created by our Monogram House.
All of our custom-ordered, embroidered designs on bedlinens and towels are made in Italy, France and Portugal. Those of you that are frequent visitors to our shop know that you can design your own linens and towels and re-color them any way you choose.
|Lin de Chateau Placemat & Napkin, set $396.|
For embroidery being done overseas, we have different charts for color. Our Italian workrooms use threads from Filgi and Aurifil whose color choices are extensive.
For all you embroidery aficionados, we also offer beautiful (and yes, very costly...but worth it) hand-embroidered linens. These are offered by Lin de Chateau of Paris and Sharyn Blond in Portugal (who ONLY do hand-embroidery) and Nouez-moi and Noel (both of Paris) who offer hand-embroidery as well as machine-stitched designs.
|Sharyn Blond Cocktails, set of 6 $312.|
|Lin de Chateau Napkin $240.|
Nothing trumps the variety of hand-embroidered work and the talent and creativity of our thread "wizards" never ceases to amaze us.
|Broderie d'Anglais by Lin de Chateau|
|Roll & Relief work by Lin de Chateau|
|Vintage D. Porthault Guest Towels, $75. each|
561.655.7367, call Betty for more information