I love finding or "tweaking" letters and numbers to blend with the design style I'm working on. I try to keep things in proportion, but not invisible. I use graph paper that is 14 squares per inch or whatever is the closest to the ground cloth I'm working with. Then I chart a small portion of the pattern around where I'm considering putting the initials or names, date and start experimenting with the alphabets (usually I have more than one ) that I think might work. This is all with pencil, paper and eraser! It takes a little time, but I enjoy it and think it makes for a more personal piece whether it is for me or for a gift.
Of course when I do a design like a baby gift and the alphabet placement and style is part of the design that's easy. But a wedding or special occasion embroidery is always nicer when "personalized".
This is beautiful! I so seldom initial my work because I don't want to detract from the design. If it's something I've framed, I put a sticker on the back of the piece with the name and designer of the chart, the materials I used, my name, and the date. I've heard that some will put their name, etc right on the front of the work in floss that matches the ground cloth so it's only visible if you're searching for it. I really like the way you did this, because it blends so well with the design!
I think that’s an excellent placement! I have the darnedest time finding an inconspicuous spot on samplers.
I like to leave initials on my work too. Where did you place yours? I can’t find them !
I put my initials in the bottom right-hand corner, the middle of the circle. I try to find a way that doesn't take away from the design. With some designs the date & initials are part of it, and line samplers are easy
just to add a line, but sometimes I have to look around a bit.
Honestly I have lost so much "history" of who, what and how not only of my own work but pieces I bought, received or inherited over the past 50 years that I do try to find a corner to leave a clue now. Of course it is easier to keep records with computer technology these days.
Love that you signed this beautiful work!