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H.I.V. microbe cross stitch, completed in 3" round natural wood embroidery hoop

---The Story---

GERMS! They're everywhere. You can't avoid them, not entirely (though hopefully you don't contract chlamydia), so why not incorporate them into your decor?

If you're into science, or just germs, or cleanliness, or if you're a hypochondriac, you might like to see your interests/worst fears immortalized in stitchwork. Luckily, now you can.

This listing is for one stitched H.I.V. molecule. According to the CDC, an estimated 1.1 million Americans are living with H.I.V. and 21% don't know they're infected -- though that's a small fraction of those affected worldwide.*

---The Deets---

This listing is for just what you see in the first two pictures: one completed green chlamydia bacterium with the letters "H.I.V." stitched in black at the bottom of a 3" natural wood embroidery hoop.

H.I.V. is part of a series of microbe and germ cross stitches that will feature a variety of brightly-colored microscopic viruses/bacteria/etc each stitched on white or off-white Aida cloth and framed in 3" natural wood hoop frames. Find more in the Microbes and Germs section of my shop (linked below).

The microbes pictured above in the third photo are herpes and chlamydia along with H.I.V., the fourth photo shows ovum and sperm, and the fifth picture shows gangrene in the middle with (clockwise) the common cold, tuberculosis, rabies and Entamoeba histolytica (cystic form) underneath. These are all currently available along with other microbes in the shop.

The back of each germ or microbe will be protected by loose felt that clings to the back; the felt will not be glued to the hoop, in order to allow for easier cleaning and re-stretching should that become necessary.

*CUSTOMIZE: If you would like three or more microbes, look for special listings in the Microbes section of my shop, or convo me to request a special order. Multiple orders will receive a small discount. An STD-themed multiple listing is coming, so if you're looking for a larger selection of STDs, let me know and I'll rush them along! ;)

I love custom orders; let me know if you're looking for a microbe you don't see here, and I'll stitch it for you!

*SHIP: This stitch will be made to order and sent via USPS first class (with delivery confirmation) or international first class mail within about a week of your order, usually sooner, unless I convo you otherwise. It will ship as pictured to anywhere in the world.

*GIFT WRAP: Let me know if you are giving this STD as a gift (yikes), and I'll wrap it up in plain paper and include a notecard 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

3 Microbes, create your own instant collection: https://www.etsy.com/listing/101075677/3-microbes-cross-stitch-set-instant

Want to stitch it yourself? Check out this 10 pattern set of STDs and gametes: https://www.etsy.com/listing/111396093/cross-stitch-pattern-set-std-microbes-10

If you'd like to stitch the malaria life cycle, here's the pattern for that: https://www.etsy.com/listing/111428571/cross-stitch-pattern-set-malaria-life

And some more common microbes, such as cold and flu: https://www.etsy.com/listing/103422908/cross-stitch-pattern-common-microbes-set

A second set of common microbe patterns, including beer yeast, ebola and mad cow: https://www.etsy.com/listing/111638813/cross-stitch-pattern-common-microbes-set

Looking for a different STD? Here's syphilis: https://www.etsy.com/listing/113486529/syphilis-microbe-std-germ-cross-stitch

Trichomonas Vaginalis: https://www.etsy.com/listing/104276585/std-cross-stitch-trichomonas-vaginalis

Herpes: https://www.etsy.com/listing/102301216/herpes-microbe-germ-cross-stitch-microbe

Chlamydia: https://www.etsy.com/listing/128452884/chlamydia-microbe-std-germ-cross-stitch

Here's the set of gametes (ovum and sperm): https://www.etsy.com/listing/106790148/ovum-and-sperm-cross-stitch-set-instant

Here's a finished set of the Common cold and Flu: https://www.etsy.com/listing/100693157/cold-and-flu-cross-stitch-set-instant

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

*The source for this is the following: http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/default.htm

---The Legal Stuff---

Microbes are not my intellectual property, obviously, but the cross stitch designs are copyright Alicia Watkins 2012. Please do not copy or distribute without permission, and please do not pin images without permission. (Convo me so I can follow you on pinterest!)

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! :)

HIV microbe -- STD germ cross stitch, sexually transmitted disease needlework for scientists and other cool people


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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: cross stitch cloth, natural wood hoop, needle, 3 inch wood hoop, DMC embroidery thread
  • Made to order
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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