Updated November 24, 2020.
Ioften get questions about where and what to use as initials for signing a needlepoint piece.
Like an artist’s signature on a painting, this will generally go in the lower right corner. If your border is wide, you should plan on putting your initials there. If it’s elaborate, you might want to think of it as a frame or matte and put your initials in the corner of the main part of the design.
Picking the font is fairly easy. You don’t need to be too fussy about picking a font, unless you want it to be an obvious part of the design. I usually use a very simple and there are tons of charted alphabets available free online.
Based on the elements around your signature and the letters in your initials, I figure out what size I want (usually 9 stitches or less) and then look at the alphabets that fit.
When you are talking about smaller alphabets, they probably don’t have too much detail anyway, but I would look for ones that aren’t italic, script of fancy. In other words, plain block letters. I often use my bungalow alphabet, below.
Once you have picked out your font, you need to chart out your initials. Here you’ll have to make some choices: vertical or horizontal, in a border or not, initials touching or not. I’ve charted my initials for this post several possible ways, which do you like better?