I started this wedding gift for a close friend an embarrassingly long time ago (no, I won't say how long). When I started it, she'd just graduated from med school (she's now a pediatrician), and has a dry sense of humor, and she also loves handmade crafty things (she knitted all through med school lectures). One of my favorite wedding gifts was a set of hand-embroidered day-of-the-week tea towels my mom made for me -- it's a perfect touch for a newlywed kitchen. So for Lauren, instead of using a standard fruit or flower pattern, I opted to make my own from anatomical diagrams of various human organs.
Here's the complete set. I took the pictures before washing and ironing, so some are a bit rumpled. Sunday's the heart, Monday's the eye, Tuesday's the kidney, Wednesday's the lungs, Thursday's the brain, Friday's a neuron (I was running out of interesting-looking organs), and Saturday's the pancreas.
A few close-ups of my favorite days. I love how pretty the kidney is, with its heart shapes.
The French knots for the alveoli were super fun to do. I found my favorite patterns were the ones combining different stitch types, rather than just stem stitch.
Isn't a neuron cute?
It's the combination of colors and stitches that made me really like the pancreas. After a week's worth of designs in mostly purplish-red and sickly gray-pink, being able to stitch in this vibrant green was a treat. The shiny part you see in the pancreatic duct is what I used for transfer paper -- I'm posting a tutorial on that tomorrow.
Now, to get these in the mail!
See these in progress on this Sneak Peek Sunday.