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« on: January 18, 2008 01:50:38 PM »

I hadn't planned on doing another embroidery project so soon after the binary cross-stitch, but my husband and I wound up on more cross-country flights due to the death of my grandma.  I like embroidery for plane rides, and thus this project was born.

I had recently bought The Embroidery Stitch Bible, so I wanted this new project to be a sampler of different types of new (to me) stitches.  It was to mostly be a "learning" project, but it had to also be wacky in order to keep my attention.

What better way to learn new embroidery stitches than to illustrate the parts of the brain that are affected by panic disorder?  I've suffered with panic disorder for 30 years and have been learning to live with it for going on 6 months now. Wink  So, in addition to being a ton of fun for learning new stitches, this project was pretty therapeutic for me as well.  I'm really looking forward to bringing it in to my therapist next week; she's going to laugh her ass off at me. Wink

Materials used:
* Split-rail scroll frame
* 28-count Aida fabric
* Wax-free pattern tracing paper and ballpoint pen
* Various colors embroidery floss

Stitches used:
* Outline (black): Holbein stitch
* Cingulate cortex fill-in (red): Satin stitch
* Cingulate cortex detail: Feather stitch
* Amygdala (green): French knots
* Cerebellum fill-in (tan): Condensed mosaic stitch
* Cerebellum detail: Chain stitch and heavy chain stitch
* Periaqueductal gray (gray): Woven circle
* Thalamus (purple): Canvas stem stitch
* Fornix (yellow): Basic needleweaving
* Septum (brown): Slanted Gobelin stitch
* Hypothalamus (pink): Cross stitch
* Frontal cortex detail (light blue): Couched lines and satin stitch
* Frontal cortex (dark blue): Plait stitch

I found the image online and traced it onto the Aida fabric with fabric transfer paper (much like carbon-copy paper).

Here's the final result:

I'm pleased with pretty much everything except the plait stitch (frontal cortex).  I ran out of thread and I think it would look a lot better a bit more filled-in.  Maybe I'll go back over it after a trip to JoAnn's.

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« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2008 02:05:51 PM »

very cool- I love the combination of science and art. looks like that book is very useful; I'll have to get it to help me some day learn to embroider

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« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2008 02:09:20 PM »

I love it! I also had an embroidery bible kind of book for Christmas and also wanted to find a nice project first before I try some stitches. This is DEFINITELY better than some flowers  Grin (Not meaning to offence people who stitch beautiful floral designs) Good job! What are you planning to do with it?

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« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2008 02:11:44 PM »

woah.  that is very impressive.  i wish i'd thought of something like that when i had to do my brain project in Psych.

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« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2008 03:23:28 PM »

Oh i love it!  so spectacular!!!!  Grin and go you for dealing with panic disorder... i know where your coming from there

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« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2008 04:36:59 PM »

That is so great. I can't wait to see it finished.

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« Reply #6 on: January 19, 2008 08:42:19 AM »

Wow, totally hitting 'this rocks'. I love how it is so personal and also a great learning piece. I like your frontal cortex I just think you are being to hard on yourself. But I guess that is what we all do. I didn't know you could embroider on the plane. I always thought I couldn't bring the scissors and needles but now I am totally bringing it with me. Thanks for the heads up.
« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2008 11:05:00 AM »

BRILLIANT!!!!!  Grin

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« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2008 04:36:04 PM »

I am soooooo impressed--and so jealous! I need to make one of these now. I love it!!!
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« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2008 02:19:20 AM »

This makes me want to do a cell model!  LOL, awesome!

« Reply #10 on: January 20, 2008 11:43:56 AM »

Thanks everyone! It was a lot of fun to do, though I got REALLY sick of the condensed mosaic stitch by the time I was done with that section.  Grin  My poor hubby had to listen to four hours of me whining about it the whole way from Wisconsin to California.   Wink Wink

I'm really happy with it, considering this was my very first attempt at anything non-cross stitch.

Now I have no idea what to do with it though.  Huh  I'm leaning towards getting some fusible webbing and putting it on a squishy pillow in my meditation corner. 

Cedarwaxwing: I was worried about the embroidery-on-a-plane thing too, but no one even questioned it. I kept my foldable travel scissors and needle case in a separate ziplock bag for going through security and had no problems.

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« Reply #11 on: January 20, 2008 12:24:25 PM »

Thanks for the reply. I guess it helps to put them in a separate bag. Can't wait to try it.
« Reply #12 on: January 21, 2008 10:14:49 PM »

Aha, I finished it up tonight without really meaning to.  Wink

I found a great buckwheat pillow at Bed, Bath, & Beyond this afternoon but I didn't like the sea-green cotton pillowcase it came in.  So, a quick trip to Jo-Ann's for some white flannel and a new pillowcase was born!  I measured all of the dimensions of the original pillowcase and just re-created it with my fabric.

I used Steam-A-Seam2 (double-stick) fusible webbing to attach the embroidery to the pillowcase.  It was my first time using it and it worked really well.  Grin

The back of the pillowcase:

And here's the pillowcase I made with the buckwheat pillow that fits inside.

I absolutely love it; the flannel is so soft and cozy and the pillow has lavender and chamomile, so it smells wonderful too. Yay!
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« Reply #13 on: January 21, 2008 10:44:47 PM »

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« Reply #14 on: March 05, 2008 05:30:57 PM »

Fantastic!  I've recently taken up embroidery again after more years than I want to think it's been... let's just say decades.  Anyway, this is very inspiring!  I'm going to bookmark it for when I'm ready to look for a new embroidery project!

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« Reply #15 on: March 08, 2008 12:15:13 PM »

That is so awesome and well made. I love looking at projects that combine my love for neurology and embroidery, it's a perfect combination  Smiley

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« Reply #16 on: March 08, 2008 12:56:36 PM »

So cool!  I'm in neuroanatomy class right now, and we have a brain coloring book, but just think how well one would know the parts of the brain after stitching them for hours!  Lovely work!

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