Hello, My Name is Embroidery


The art of embroidery is a historical trade from the 5th-3rd century BC, often punctuated with jewels, pearls, sequins, etc. Embroidered goods would share with the public your social status, your family history, or even just your fashionable taste in the trends. From this nascent origin, threaded stitch work has become a historical past time, with its own contribution into society’s art and fashion, as well as social psychology. These same historical embroidery stitches are still used today, although slightly quickened since the 19th century by the helping hand of embroidery machinery; from sports jackets, school uniforms, jerseys… all the way to Westwood’s tangible expression of art and fashion.

Now, let’s get started…


Types of Embroidery

MONOGRAM

A monogram is the sometimes-overlapping combination of 2 or more letters to create a grapheme. A single person’s initials would follow the traditional Classic Personal Design for a single set of initials. But a couple’s conjoined initials might look at the Modern Couple Design format for two sets of initials. Presently, the 1 initial and 2 initials monograms are acceptable and popularized today, but the 3 letter monogram has stolen our metaphorical heart with its tradition and air of Victorian prestige. Although we suggest monogram styles for products on their page, we also have an extensive Monogram Gallery of fonts that are also available; you can wander and search to your hearts content.

  • Modern Couple Design - Embroidery Slide - Jan de Luz Linens

    informational slide showing modern couple design for monogram embroidery

  • Classic Personal Monogram For Him - Embroidery - Jan de Luz Linens

    information slide for classic personal monogram design for man

  • Classic Personal Monogram For Her - Monogram Embroidery - Jan de Luz Linens

    information slide for classic personal monogram design for woman

TEXT

This type of embroidery is for the complete embroidery of a word or name. When this development from monograms was borne, in 1400, there were only 3 script styles: Gothic, Roman, and Italic.

We offer traditional writing styles, i.e. Lucida, Century Script, Diana Bold, French Script, and Harrington in our suggested Text Embroidery options. And before you select which font you want to use, you can preview the way the word or phrase looks before choosing. (Right)

We also have an extensive gallery of all text fonts here.

This type of embroidery allows for more exploration with embroidery as an art form, combining shapes (an embroidery option called “Text & Image Embroidery) and words; springing this classic art form into the 21st century.

IMAGE

Then, there is image embroidery, which is an embroidered graphic image or pictorial design — a very large iconic field of shapes and colors and images. These can be very subjective and personalized — from the thread colors selected to use to the social connotation to the illustrated concept. To gather a better idea of how broad embroidery is and what capacities there are with embroidered linens; please browse the Embroidery Gallery, complete with all kinds of seasonal, decorative and commemorative images and different types of monograms for any occasion.

To the left, you can see an example of the Embroidery Example Pictures, with all pertaining embroidery information.

IMAGE & DESIGN

Of course, these three elemental groups can be combined into the final realm of design embroidery; which we call Image & Text embroidery. This is the combination of everything we have discussed — images and words/initials. (Left) We have a constantly building Embroidery Gallery available with all monogram, image, and thread color availability. If there is ever anything that you don’t see on our website for what you are envisioning, please contact us and we will be sure to respond within 1-2 business days and find a way to bring that vision to life. We have the ability to match wedding card fonts, work with personal details in creating a design, or even start from the most basic form of scratch — with our In House fabrics, we can start working on creating your dream from the first stitch.


How to Order Embroidery

Picking the PRODUCT FIRST…

1. Click on Shop from the Top Navigation Bar, shop for an item.

2. When you are on the page of the product you want, select variables as needed for the product, i.e. color stripes, length, size, etc.

3. If the item can be embroidered, look below the product photo gallery and click on the drop-down bar Would you like to add embroidery?”

4. Select your embroidery type. It will tell you the individual charge for each type of embroidery

5. Then, fill out the rest of the embroidery specifications. The blue boxes are buttons for instructional popups.

6. Add item(s) to cart when you are finished

Please Note: If your embroidery selection and product do not work together, usually for sizing reasons, we will email you back immediately and rectify the situation.

Picking the EMBROIDERY FIRST…

1. Click on Embroidery from the Main Navigation Bar

2. Enter any of the embroidery galleries listed there

2A. If you elected Monogram Gallery, you will see an example swatch for every font type, clicking on which will take you to a page to see that font’s entire alphabet.

2B. If you elected Text Gallery, you will see a list of 20+ font variations for your custom text embroidery.

2B. If you elected Image Gallery, you will see tabbed frame with categories listed on the tabs, within which you’ll find subcategories, and then the designs for that subcategory.

2C. If you elected Thread Color Gallery, you will see the extended list of thread colors available for your custom embroidery designs.

2D. If you elected Antique Monogram Gallery, you will see a small example gallery of the different Victorian-based antique vintage monogram designs.

2E. If you elected Custom Logo Designs, you will see a small example gallery of our previous logo designs – we can custom embroider any logo design.

2F. If you elected Antique Style Monograms, you will see a our NEW gallery of contemporary antique-styled and inspired monogram designs.

3. Once you have selected the monogram or image design that you want, you can either select the item you would like embroidered and enter the custom information into the Embroidery drop down menu.


Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions that haven’t been answered, please email or call us to let us know. We strive to make sure that our customers are knowledgeable about the process and products, and that shopping at Jan de Luz is a pleasant and easy experience.

Monogram


A Monogram is a person’s initials, either of one or two, but always (customized) initials in the range of 1, 2, or 3 letters formed to form one graphic symbol. As shown below:

diplomat 3 initial monogram example

Fun Fact: They have to be combined or overlapping in order to be called a “monogram”, otherwise its properly referred to as a cypher.

The MONOGRAM LAYOUT option is to offer a range of monogrammed initials layout. Below, you can see the classic personal breakdown of the monogram layout design:

Monogram Layout SingleFor a Classic Personal Design, you take the person’s First, Middle, and Last initials and present them in the First, Last, Middle sequence. This is the most traditional of designs. And although it was traditional in the 19th/early 20th century for the women’s initials to be on the left and her maiden name on the right, modern etiquette (the option we offer) allows for the monogram to go: Her first name, Shared Last name, and then His first name.

Fun Fact: Monograms were traditionally primarily done by women, and so they would monogram their own initials on their items until they were married. Upon marriage, they would change their monograms to include their new last name, while still retaining the initials of their maiden name.

Smoke Napkin Embroidery
Above you can see how our image embroidery example pictures are displayed. Along the top, there is a shaded bar illustrating the three sets of information needed for filling a monogram order. The FONT TYPE is “Arabesque 5”, the THREAD COLOR is “Beige #5524, and any SPECIAL NOTES are listed in the right sided category. Special Notes are dictated by the monogram alphabet selected, i.e. some alphabets allow for decals or side filigre, etc. so information such as “Add/No side marks” would be listed here.

View Embroidery Bar “Add Monogram” Figure A

1. Select a product and complete product variables (i.e. color, size, etc).

2. If the item can be embroidered, look below the product photo gallery and click on the drop-down bar Would you like to add embroidery? It will drop down with embroidery choices. Each option is individually priced and shown in the menu drop down. Click on + Monogram.

3. In MONOGRAM LAYOUT OPTIONS, click on View Layout Options to view all the possible layouts. A pop up will open, go through the choices and make sure to highlight your choice from the drop down menu.

4. In LETTERS TO EMBROIDER, please put the 1-3 characters to be embroidered. Reminder: it will always be 1 or 2 or 3 letters; depending on the selected font.

5. In SUGGESTED MONOGRAM OPTIONS, Click on View Monogram Styles to open another pop up. This will show the suggested popular monogram fonts for that product. Be sure to select your choice from the drop down menu beneath it. Be careful to go through every single page and see what particulars there are for that font to find one that suits your needs.

6. In MONOGRAM GALLERY OPTIONS, you will see a text area to insert a custom monogram type. Click on View Monogram Gallery to see all available options. When you have selected your monogram type, write out the monogram type’s name.

7. In PRIMARY THREAD COLOR, click to select what is the primary thread color you want for the monogram. You may only choose one color from this thread grid.

8. In SECONDARY THREAD COLOR, click to select the secondary/complimentary thread color you want. Reminder: NOT all of the monogram alphabets take more than 1 thread color. You also may only choose one color from this color thread grid. If you selected a font that needs 2 thread colors, we will first try to contact you to select a second color, and if we cannot, the embroidery will be completed with only the color selected from the Primary Thread Color Grid.

Text


Text Embroidery is the stitching of names or phrases, or complete words in general. This could be used in a variety of items: bags and backpacks for children, blankets for the college bound, memorabilia for friends, team building uniforms for clubs… the possibilities are endless.

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Above you can see how our image embroidery example pictures are displayed. Along the top, there is a shaded bar illustrating the three sets of information needed for filling a Text order. The FONT TYPE is “Harrington”, the THREAD COLOR is “Ivory #1086, and any SPECIAL NOTES are listed in the right sided category. (There usually isnt any special notation for Text embroidery, but if there is something particular about re-creating that embroidered example image, the information would be found in this category.)

View Embroidery Bar “Add Monogram” Figure B

1. Select a product and complete product variables (i.e. color, size, etc).

2. If the item can be embroidered, look below the product photo gallery and click on the drop-down bar Would you like to add embroidery? It will drop down with embroidery choices. Each option is individually priced and shown in the menu drop down. Click on + Text.

3. In ADD NAME OR PHRASE, click on Click Here to Enter Text, and Select Font, to open a pop up for you to enter your text, with immediately projected examples of that text in our offered fonts. Select a font type. Reminder: Monogram alphabets and Text fonts are not the same. After entering your text and clicking on which font type you want, the pop up will automatically close and enter the information for you in second generated drop down bar.

5. Once you have chosen the font, you will select PRIMARY THREAD COLOR OPTIONS. Text Embroidery is limited to one color.

Image


Image Embroidery is an embroidered pictorial image of anything. Again, like the possibilities for Text Embroidery, the possibilities are endless. Image Embroidery can offer personalized, customized, and sentimental gifts for anyone; after all, a picture is worth 1,000 words. Check out our Image Embroidery Gallery to see all of your choices, and if there is something you want but don’t see on the website, give us a call or email and we’ll work with you to create what you’re dreaming of.

Hooded Baby Towel EmbroideryAbove you can see how our image embroidery example pictures are displayed. Along the top, there is a shaded bar illustrating the three sets of information needed for filling an Image order.

The CATEGORY is which category you will find this image in the Image Gallery – Children –  the DESIGN NAME is an easier reference title to that image – “Bathing Duck” – and IMAGE CODE – #CH2123 – is the technical image code we need for embroidering.

View Embroidery Bar “Add Image” Figure C

1. Select a product and complete product variables (i.e. color, size, etc).

2. If the item can be embroidered, look below the product photo gallery and click on the drop-down bar Would you like to add embroidery? It will drop down with embroidery choices. Each option is individually priced and shown in the menu drop down. Click on + Image.

3. Select from one of the categories listed. Once you have found an image that you want to use, click on that image to “select it”. If you do not see the image that you want to embroider on your design you can enter an ALTERNATIVE IMAGE GALLERY OPTION; to do so, please click Click here to View Image Gallery Options to view our entire image gallery. When you have selected an image, enter the code into the text box underneath. Reminder: If you are going to use an alternative image code, you need to have the first 2 letters and remaining 4 numbers to correctly submit your order, i.e. DG0558.

Embroidery Bar Alt Image Gallery

Image & Text


Leiho Embroidery 2

This is the merging of both design image and surrounding text… for example, this picture of a Christmas wreath and a Holiday Greeting.

Hooded Baby Towel Embroidery 3Above you can see how our image embroidery example pictures are displayed.

Like the Text embroidery, along the top there is a shaded bar illustrating the three sets of information needed for fulfilling a Text order. The FONT TYPE is “Zapf”, the THREAD COLOR is “Chinese Red #61401, and any SPECIAL NOTES are listed in the right sided category.

Along the bottom, the design embroidery information is noted. The CATEGORY is where you will find this image housed in the Embroidery side of the website – Children – the DESIGN NAME is an easier reference title to that image – Toy Airplane – and DESIGN CODE – #CH1889 – is the technical code we need for embroidering.

Select a product and complete product variables (i.e. color, size, etc).

2. If the item can be embroidered, look below the product photo gallery and click on the drop-down bar Would you like to add embroidery? It will drop down with embroidery choices. Each option is individually priced and shown in the menu drop down. Click on + Image & Text.

3. Select one of the SUGGESTED IMAGE CATEGORIES listed. Reminder: You must click again to un-select your choice.

4. If you do not see an image that you want to embroider you can enter an alternative image option. Click on  ALTERNATIVE IMAGE GALLERY OPTION. This will drop a text area down, this is where you will enter your alternative image name and code. Click on Click here to View Image Gallery Options to see all your image design options. Reminder: If you are going to use an Alternative Image Code, you need to have the first 2 letters and remaining 2 numbers remaining 4 numbers, i.i. DG0558.

3. In ADD NAME OR PHRASE, click on Click Here to Enter Text, and Select Font, to open a pop up for you to enter your text, with immediately projected examples of that text in our offered fonts. Select a font type. Reminder: Monogram alphabets and Text fonts are not the same. After entering your text and clicking on which font type you want, the pop up will automatically close and enter the information for you in second generated drop down bar.

5. Once you have chosen the font, you will select PRIMARY THREAD COLOR OPTIONS. Text Embroidery is limited to one color.