Working small is something I have always done - and making a slow stitched piece in miniature is easier than it might seem. It also means a stitched piece can be (but doesn't have to be) completed in a few hours or a few sessions of stitching.
The Red-Winged Blackbird in this stitched piece is only about 1 inch long (the start to finish process for stitching this piece can be seen on YouTube). The piece was created using mere snippets of fabric and the bird was cut out from my Blackbird on Pink fabric from Spoonflower.
The tiny blackbirds on this fabric create a fun striped pattern. And just one bird from a swatch of the fabric was all that was needed to create my stitched piece.
Here's another look at the fabric in yardage. The tiny scale of the birds make them disappear into the design. It's one way that working in miniature can have a big impact.
The five birds on this stitched artwork are each about 1 1/4 inch by 3/4 of an inch. They were created using a bird from my miniature animal template set (the start to finish process of creating this bird flock can be seen on YouTube ).
The templates are great for tracing a shape onto fabric.
After tracing with a heat erasable pen I cut out the birds using embroidery scissors.
Some fabric frays more than others. This fabric was hand painted with liquid fabric dye. The dye changed the hand of the fabric just enough to thicken it and keep it from fraying too much. The process for dying fabric this way can be seen in this video.
This kilt pin brooch has a bluebird that is 1 inch long and 1/2 inch tall. I made this several years ago - before I had created my own templates. It was freehand drawn onto fabric and cut out. I painted the tiny dots on the wing using acrylic paint. This brooch is available in my shop.
Here's a version in blue. I love how big the button looks in comparison to the bird. Playing with scale is fun - and so easy to do when working mini! See it in my shop.
This scroll project made use of the miniature animal templates to create an ongoing nature scene. This is a fun way to work small but on a bigger project.
Stitching in small scale or miniature means that wonderful feeling of completion and accomplishment is within reach, keeping the inspiration and ideas flowing right into the next project, big or small.
Until next time, Happy Stitching! ~ Jo