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Apr. 30, 2012

Science in Stiches

by Annette Heist

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I come from a long line of serious embroiderers. Forget the doilies and Christmas ornaments; I’m talking 10-foot long tablecloth types, who work on projects for months on end and actually FINISH them. Meanwhile somewhere in my attic, a box I feel ashamed to either keep or throw away holds an array of half-stitched unicorns, daisies, faeries, and various inspirational sayings. (“A sister is a forever friend!”)
 
I probably would have gotten a bit more excited about embroidery if I had Emily Wilmarth’s patterns to work on when I was learning the ropes. Beetles. Octopuses. Cells with organelles. There’s a whole biology class to pick from. You can see her patterns and some finished works at theflossbox.com. She also offers cross stitch designs and for those of you who know your needlework, biscornu patterns.
About Annette Heist

Annette Heist is a former senior producer for Science Friday.

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