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Your Ultimate Guide to Monogramming | Gilly Nicolson


Everything You Need to Know About Monogramming

Whether you’re searching for the perfect personalised gift or want to enhance the natural beauty of your favourite pieces, monogramming is a fantastic way to create truly bespoke homeware that captures the essence of your individuality.

At Gilly Nicolson, we offer a fully customisable embroidery service across all our luxury bed linen collections, towels, bathrobes and napkins. Our skilled artisans can create anything from gorgeous initialled monograms to family crests, corporate logos, flowers, animals and more – the only limit is your imagination. Moreover, our colour library boasts over 400 unique tones and shades, meaning you can create perfectly personalised pieces to match your current interiors or brand colour palette.

In our latest blog, we’ll cover everything you need to know about our embroidery service, from position and sizing to the process, our prices and colour options – but first, let’s find out a little bit more about monogramming.

What is Monogramming?

A monogram is a decorative motif that combines two or more letters to form one symbol. Typically a person’s initials or company name, monogramming is a fantastic way to effortlessly elevate a simple piece and create instantly memorable branding that seamlessly ties in with your home or business’ decor.

A Brief History of Monogramming

The art of monogramming has a rich history that can be traced back to some of our earliest civilisations. In Ancient Egypt and Rome, such embroidery was a symbol of status and wealth, reserved for the highest members of society, whose initialled clothing marked them as someone of importance. Later on, in the Middle Ages, monogramming became a popular way for artisans to sign their work, while monarchs and the nobility used the designs to distinguish themselves from the general population. The Renaissance period saw more complicated designs flood the scene as embroidery became a common clothing accessory among the elite. However, it wasn’t until the 18th and 19th centuries that monogramming began to appear on an assortment of linens, handkerchiefs and more personal items. 

The Industrial Revolution welcomed an increase in monogramming’s accessibility, widening its reach to the middle classes as embroidery machines enabled mass production of even the most intricate designs at more affordable prices. Since then, the practice has continued to grow, blossoming with the evolution of technology – nowadays, skilled craftsmen around the globe use modern machines to add a personal touch to everything from clothing to bags, accessories and (to save the best till last) home decor.

The Monogramming Process at Gilly Nicolson

At Gilly Nicolson, creating beautiful bespoke pieces begins with the customer journey. Our team will work with you to find the perfect design, whether from our huge selection of customisable options or something new – there’s no limit to what you can embroider! Simply send us your ideas and we’ll do our utmost to create something truly unique that matches your vision.

You can monogram 1, 2 or 3 initials and even a first name to any of our bed linen, towel or bathrobe collections. We have a huge selection of fonts for you to choose from or, if you would prefer something more personal or desire specific branding, you can choose something more specific to your needs. Once we have all the information we need, we’ll produce a digital mock-up of your design.



Once you’re ready to proceed, we’ll produce a sample within two weeks to demonstrate the position and placement. After signing off on this stage, production will begin for your brand-new monogrammed pieces, with bulk orders taking approximately 5-6 weeks depending on the complexity of the design. 

All monogramming is undertaken by our incredibly skilled, family-owned Portuguese mills with whom we’ve worked for over 12 years. We’ve been delighted time and again by the unrivalled attention to detail and premium quality produced by our talented artisans and can’t wait for you to experience it for yourself.

Monogramming Positioning

  • Pillowcases – monogramming is usually positioned at the closed end of the pillowcase or in the centre. If you’re ordering different initials for the same bed (for example, Mr & Mrs), choose ‘Left’ or ‘Right’ hand side (when looking at the bed). 
  • Duvet Covers – duvet cover monogramming is positioned down from the top edge of the duvet cover, in the centre.
  • Top Sheets – the monogram on our top sheets is positioned centrally when the top sheet is folded back over the duvet cover.
  •  Towels – our towel monogramming comes in two options: if you like to fold your towels in an easy ‘1 fold’ half, the monogramming is positioned on the bottom left-hand corner. If you prefer a ‘2-fold’, so you can’t see the towel’s edges, the monogramming is positioned at the bottom of the towel in the centre.
  • Bath Robes – for our bathrobes, you can choose to have the monogramming on the left or right-hand chest or even on the cuff.

Monogramming Sizing

Below you’ll see how large your customised monogramming will be, depending on the pieces you choose. To discuss sizing options further, please get in touch with our team.


Monogramming Colour Options

We pride ourselves on providing customers with an unrivalled breadth of choice when it comes to our premium bespoke pieces. Our colour library boasts over 400 distinctive tones and hues – meaning you can find the ideal shades to match your branding, home interiors and personality. 

Choose one or more stitch colours to create beautifully complementing or contrasting monograms that are wholly unique to you. You can find inspiration in our Colour Library archive or speak to us for personal colour-matching service. Our interior design experts can help you discover the perfect colour combination to make your monogramming truly special.

Discover Bespoke Luxury, with Monogramming from Gilly Nicolson

Start your embroidery journey today and experience elevated luxury with our fully bespoke collections. From brand logos to your favourite childhood characters, there’s no limit to your customisation options – only your imagination. Speak with our expert team of interior designers for inspiration, colour advice and more. We’re on hand to help. 

Why not browse our customisable collections to get started? Explore our fully bespoke bed linen, towel, bathrobe, napkin and throw ranges, or find out more about our monogramming service here.

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