Embroidering miniatures is a great way to use small scraps of fabric instead to throw them away.
With a textile paint or dye you can also change the colour of your fabric (you can get an incredible variety of colours using just the three primary colours!).
In this case I’m going to use a red textile paint to recolour an ivory linen that has been left over from another embroidery project.
You can use a brush or a sponge to apply the paint, depending on the effect you wish to achieve.
After painting, leave to dry for a few hours. Then fix paint by ironing on the wrong side of the fabric for 5 minutes.
… Now the fabric is ready to be embroidered!
To make a really tiny cross stitch miniature, stitch over one thread of your evenweave fabric instead of two.
Here is the chart for the “KEEP CALM and CARRY ON” motif:
Model stitched on a 32 count linen using one strand of white cotton over one thread of fabric