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Instant collection of 5 microbe cross stitches, completed in 3" natural wood embroidery hoops

Choose your 5 by noting which ones you'd like in the purchase order notes at checkout. Use the drop-down list to select the first one and to look through the list to decide on your other 4.

(Note: the drop-down list sometimes includes the same microbe twice, listed under its common name and its scientific name.)

Please note: These may take A MONTH for me to stitch! They are made to order.

---The Deets---

This listing is for a set of FIVE microbes of your choice from all the microbes available in my shop. Check out the Microbes and Germs section (linked below in The Links part of this listing) and the list of available microbes in the drop-down list in this listing to decide which ones you want!

Then write your choices in the purchase order notes at checkout.

If you'd prefer a "grab bag" of microbes, let me know! Put "surprise me" or "grab bag" or some similar phrase in the purchase order note when you place your order, and I'll happily oblige. You're welcome to specify a general category: STDs, common microbes, malaria, etc.

You MUST indicate which 5 microbes you want, or that you'd like me to surprise you, or I'll be forced to cancel your order per my shop policies (minus listing fees, etc.)

*FRAME: These are framed in 3" round natural wood embroidery hoops, backed by loose felt to protect the needlework.

*SHIP: This stitch set will be made to order and sent via USPS first class (with delivery confirmation) or international first class mail within about THREE WEEKS of your order, usually sooner, unless I convo you otherwise or increased lead time is mentioned in my shop announcement (main shop, below the banner) and/or shop policies.

If you need these shipped sooner, contact me and let me know when you'd need them by. Chances are good I'll be able to get them to you in time unless you're reading this in December.

*GIFT WRAP: Let me know if you are giving the these germs as a gift (lol), and I'll wrap 'em up in plain paper and include a small note card for your "to" and "from" -- or tell me if you'd like me to send it directly to the recipient and what message you'd like to include, and I'll write it out for you before I pop it in the mail.

---The Links---

Microbes and Germs shop section: http://www.etsy.com/shop/aliciawatkins?section_id=11480156

Want to stitch them yourself? Here's a listing for the first 50 common microbe patterns, plus a bonus malaria sampler: https://www.etsy.com/listing/182471178/cross-stitch-patterns-50-microbes-in-5

And here's the first STD set of patterns: https://www.etsy.com/listing/111396093/cross-stitch-pattern-set-std-microbes-10

And here's just the life cycle of Plasmodium Falciparum Malaria: https://www.etsy.com/listing/111428571/cross-stitch-pattern-set-malaria-life

Want only 3 finished microbes? Here's the listing for those: https://www.etsy.com/listing/101075677/3-microbes-cross-stitch-set-instant

And here's a listing for only 4: https://www.etsy.com/listing/113493401/4-microbes-cross-stitch-set-instant

Check out the cold and flu set for those common germs: https://www.etsy.com/listing/100693157/cold-and-flu-cross-stitch-set-instant

Ovum and Sperm set: https://www.etsy.com/listing/106790148/ovum-and-sperm-cross-stitch-set-instant

Back to the shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/aliciawatkins

---The Legal Stuff---

Microbes are not my intellectual property, obviously, but the cross stitch designs are copyright Alicia Watkins 2012-14. Please do not copy or distribute without permission, and please do not pin images without permission. (Convo me!)

If you're interested in the patterns for this or other germs, convo me, and I'll put them at the top of the queue for digitizing!

I am no kind of medical expert, and anything I know about the microbes in this series of stitches or that I appear to know, I learned from the internet. : ) NO PART of my listings or any other ramblings should be construed as ANY KIND of medical advice, because it's not. My only relevant expertise is in cross stitching!

Frequently asked questions about aliciawatkins

I love to do custom work during the non-holiday months! I try to work on one custom project at a time so that I can give each project my full customizing attention; as a result, a significant lead time on deadlines for receiving your custom order is very much appreciated.

If possible, try to contact me at least a month in advance of a deadline for receiving a 5x7 custom cross stitch. (That said, if you're in a pinch and you know I'm the stitcher for the job, convo me anyway! If I happen to be in between custom orders, I can often get things out in a much shorter time, and like I said, I love working with customers on personalized stitchery.)
Most of my small finished cross stitches have an option for gift wrapping.

If you don't see a drop-down list as you purchase a small hooped or framed cross stitch (smaller than 4x6), but you would like your item to be wrapped in plain paper (with a small notecard for your message included), request gift wrap as you check out in the "notes to seller"!

If you're having your gift sent directly to the recipient, please double-check the address it's going to before you finish checking out, and let me know what you'd like me to write in the notecard to your recipient! :)
Mini kits are available for wholesale ordering at any time; contact me for details on which kits I have available with shelf-ready labeling, and for pricing details!

I also offer a selection of finished cross stitch available for wholesale or certain consignment situations, for stores that feel my work would be a good fit. Contact me if you're interested in carrying my work in your store, and we'll talk about what I've done in the past and what you're looking for! :)
I believe in using secondhand frames because it's eco-friendly, supports my local thrift shops, and allows me to frame your items, if you'd like that, at very low cost.

Because they are unique and unapproved by you, I don't pass on the cost of the secondhand frames to you, except for the cost of shipping (usually about a $2 difference).

When you order an item from me, rest assured that you are only paying for the stitchwork, and you may treat the frame as a "suggestion" -- if you don't like it, give the frame away! Your 4x6 or larger cross stitch will come with a mounting board that will allow you to easily pop it out of the "suggested" frame I've sent it in and into any same-sized frame of your choice.
I can't send you a photo of your options for 4x6 or larger frames; I have too many frames and a too quickly rotating stock for that. However, you're welcome to let me know your preferences in color and material (i.e. wood, metal, plastic) and I'll do what I can to accommodate your wishes.

If you receive your stitchwork and you HATE the frame I chose from my cache of secondhand frames, never fear! The stitching for a 4x6 or larger frame will be mounted on a board that you can simply pop out of the secondhand frame you received, and pop INto a frame you choose from a local store, another Etsy seller, or anywhere you find perfect frames.

Because the secondhand frames I send are free, I cannot offer replacements or frame-related refunds.
Google and Youtube are your BFFs in learning to cross stitch, but if you've purchased a kit or pattern from my shop, I can also offer you a Basic Cross Stitch instruction booklet via email. Just let me know you'd like one, and I'll send it along! :)

Any 5 Microbes cross stitch set -- instant collection of common germs, microbes for your wall



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  • Materials: cross stitch cloth, natural wood hoop, needle, 3 inch wood hoop, DMC embroidery thread, embroidery hoop
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