It’s so simple and quick that you can easily complete it in a weekend!
Our model was stitched using Aurifil Lana wool threads on 11 count wool Aida fabric, to make a really cosy hot-water bottle cover, but if you prefer you can also use the common cotton floss and a higher count evenweave fabric.
(The motif would also look lovely on a Christmas card if stitched on a 28 or 32 count fabric)
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
1. Choose a tracing graph paper which correspond in size to the fabric count you will use (the higher the count, the more detailed your design will be). You can download and print it here for free.
2. Lay the tracing graph paper over the image you would like to convert and redraw the image by colouring the grid squares.
3. Add backstitch lines, french knots or beads.
— 4. Use a shade card to match thread colours and make a simple chart key with thread numbers.
— 5. Now you can stitch your design!
Needlebook stitched on 32 count cream linen
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BLANK CROSS STITCH GRIDS
This PDF contains 4 printable blank grids:
– 11 count Aida
– 14 count Aida and 28 count linen
– 16 count Aida and 32 count linen
– 18 count Aida and 36 count linen
You can print these grids on A4 white paper or tracing paper.