ishywishywoo asked: Hi! Do you have a finished picture of the microbe cross stitch patterns? Just because I'm not a fan of things with backstitch really, and I'd actually love to get someone to buy me the 12 month set for Christmas, and I'd like to see the finished product before I do? If that's okay! :) x
Yep! But there is back-stitch in each of them, and often fractional stitches and French knots; they’re patterned from actual microscopic images, so I try to get them as close as I can to those pictures (though they’re often different colors than the actual images just so they’re not all the same). I always recommend backstitching the outlines first and then filling in, so it’s clear where fractional stitches should go, and using 2 threads (instead of the usual 1), which gives a bolder look and also helps the thread to lay flat instead of getting loose or wonky like single-thread backstitch often does.
Here’s a photo of 20 different microbes (many of them in the Monthly Microbe, but not all of ‘em), and here’s a link to the Microbes and Germs section of my shop for single photos of lots of finished microbes: https://www.etsy.com/shop/aliciawatkins?section_id=11480156 .
You can choose different microbes for your 12 month set if you’d like some with less backstitching. I chose the dozen for the kits and finished version so they’d look pretty good as a set and also be slightly easier than some of the others (fewer French knots, mainly, though the flu has its fair share).
The ones from Set 4 aren’t pictured in the finished Microbes section of my shop because I haven’t gotten to stitching and photographing them yet, so here’s also set 4’s patterns: https://www.etsy.com/listing/163241952/cross-stitch-pattern-common-microbes-set . :)