The brief was to create a monogram for your eldest male and female relatives (one for each). One will be selected for an embroidery application.


I chose my two Great Grandparents from Karlsruhe, Germany. Sylvia Mössinger(Uroma) and Kurt Mössinger (Uropa). They were both brought up in the ages of the Hitler youth and both have a lot of history behind them.




A monogram is a motif made by overlapping or combining two or more letters or other graphemes to form one symbol. Monograms are often made by combining the initials of an individual or a company, used as recognisable symbols or logos. A series of uncombined initials is properly referred to as a cypher (e.g. a royal cypher) and is not a monogram A Monogram or Cipher is in all cases intended for ornament.

For sentimental use, it can be used to enrich a piece of jewellery, plate, the binding of a book, a piece of furniture, or part of the decoration of a house, it should in the first place be a good design. If the conceit is legible to the owner, and is of such fine proportion as to be thoroughly satisfying to the eye, why should it read like an advertisement, or be like ‘Everything in the shop marked in plain figures’?.

I completed the final vector on Illustrator, for the 'SM' monogram and transfered it over to Wilcom Embroidery Studio, and embroidered it onto a red handkerchief.