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« on: January 19, 2010 11:21:28 AM »

My first attempt at non-cross stitch embroidery. Disclaimer: it looks much better in person. Embroidered on jersey (terrible!), freehand without drawing a pattern first (dumb), and 'framed' with cotton (terrible puckering). Hm. But, I like it anyway.
I took a structural bio class last semester, and my thesis is about the biophysics of an ion channel, so this seemed somewhat necessary. It portrays amino acid side chains: blue is CH3, purple is NH2, yellow is SH, red is OH, benzene ring is benzene ring, weird looking pentagon is proline (its NH isn't shown because it is part of the backbone). The brown is stem stitch; the rosettes/methyl groups/whatever are satin stitch encircled by split stitch; everything else is back stitch or split stitch.

Could not get any detail shots to focus properly.

The irregularity makes it look more organic...or something...

Despite great misgivings about the craftstmanship, I gave this to my boyfriend, who is also a bio person, and he likes it. So, that's good.

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« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2010 11:51:27 AM »

That is one of the most creative things I've seen in a long time!  Well done!  And yes, an experience with stitching on knits is a lesson not easily forgotten!

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« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2010 11:56:45 AM »

You shouldn't be so hard on yourself!  It looks great, and shows you're smart.  Double win.

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« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2010 11:58:05 AM »

I love how you took something your boy and you both liked- but it wasn't something "generic") Does that make since) And made it into a work of art!!
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« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2010 01:37:57 PM »

How very clever!

« Reply #5 on: January 19, 2010 01:45:05 PM »

Oh I LOVE this!!! Smiley I might just have to give embroidery a shot to make one of these! Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2010 03:38:44 PM »

Thanks for the encouragement! I made this while I was at home over break, and my younger sister (who shares this craftster account, in fact) made me undo and redo the fabric frame twice until it was at an acceptably low level of puckering...and then continued to insult the craftsmanship...but, that is the way of sisters, I guess  Smiley.
« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2010 03:22:09 PM »

Whoa! Shocked  I LOVE THIS! 

I might have to steal this idea from you for my next tattoo if that's okay!

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« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2010 07:18:20 AM »

Ah, sisters! Well its such an original idea and I think it looks great. Jersey is hard to stitch on. Keep on stitching, each time it'll get easier. Don't worry about imperfections, life is imperfect, embrace it!
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« Reply #9 on: January 25, 2010 08:22:33 AM »

Very cool!

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