Arts & Crafts: Cross-Stitched Viruses And Microbes

March 21, 2014


This is a collection of cross stitch embroidered microbes and viruses designed and needled by Alicia Watkins (links to her Etsy store where they're all available). Great, now I'm convinced I have something. Probably the measles. Psyche -- I was vaccinated as a kid! See, I can be topical. I know what's going on in the world. No I don't, I just saw The Superficial wrote something about Jenny McCarthy and vaccinations. I prefer to know as little as possible about what happens outside my apartment. And even inside is too intense for me sometimes. Fun fact: my dog was acting weird when we came back for a walk yesterday and I couldn't figure out why until she purposefully slapped her ass against the sliding glass door and finally got the dingleberry that had been bothering her to stick to the window. She looked so proud.

Keep going for a ton more.













Thanks to Marcy, who informed me cross-stitching is a great way to relax. Me? I prefer napping.

  • Joseph Smith

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  • Andrew Buck

    Strep throat is generally caused by Streptococci (mostly S. pyogenes but sometimes other species), which are Gram POSITIVE cocci in chains. The image shows Gram NEGATIVE cocci in chains. (Gram positives are purple, Gram negatives are red.) Oops.

  • Alicia

    Yeah, that was a design decision rather than a scientific one, but that's helpful feedback either way, so thank you!

    Because I already have a lot of purple cross stitches in the microbes series, I'm not likely to add any other purple ones (despite the scientific accuracy) unless specifically requested, even though I know the real images as we see/stain them in microscopes *should* be purple. Strep throat was requested, and I went with the non-purple color that seemed to show up most frequently in the images I had access to so that it would fit well with the rest of the series. (The strep throat one is particularly inaccurate, too -- the cocci should be round, but because it's cross stitch and that many French knots would be super annoying to stitch, they're little X's instead. I don't recommend the strep throat for any future cross stitched science textbooks.)

    In the end, though, the Reed-Sternberg cell should be blamed for this (because of how much purple it necessitates).

  • The Magnificent Newtboy

    The Toxoplasma reminds me of the purple tentacle in Day of the Tentacle. These are very cool, now I can continue to give my friends diseases even when I'm overseas!

  • MookiePrime

    Aw snap, Andrew Buck got TOLD!

  • Andrew Buck

    I'm not sure what part of "that was a design decision rather than a scientific one" you missed, but it's still not scientifically correct. Don't get me wrong, I admire the artist here for doing something like this, and in fact I have a few nerdy cross-stitches of my own, including one of a histology whole-mount of an eye (though I don't sell mine, so they're not competing products and my comments are not motivated by any sort of competition). I guess it's just a difference in aesthetic. Picasso's human faces are not anatomically accurate, but they are still beautiful. This work is also not scientifically accurate, but I, like the artist, would contend that it is beautiful. My initial point that it is inaccurate, though, isn't wrong. And I don't really think I "got told."

  • MookiePrime

    Aw snap, Joe Mancino just got TOLD!

    I actually happen to know the artist. Saying, "Aw snap, (name) just got TOLD!" at the wrong time is a joke in our nerdy circle. I figured she'd see my comment here eventually and get a laugh. You sound like a cool cat, and I think it is great that you like nerdy cross stitch. You're totally right about the science and about Alicia's work being awesome regardless. Consider yourself unsnapped and high-fived instead!

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