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Needlepoint Shorebirds December 28, 2007

Posted by barn owl in needlepoint, shorebirds.


I’m working on a series of needlepoint pillow tops for my bedroom, which is painted in pale blue-gray. I also wanted projects that I could take on airplanes, without running afoul of security measures that prohibit scissors and sharp needles.

The first design is a European Oystercatcher, Haematopus ostralegus, in flight, worked in tent stitch. The background is diagonal mosaic stitch. I’ve used inexpensive acrylic yarn throughout, to reduce costs and to increase durability and washability.


Crocheted Sea Urchin December 8, 2007

Posted by barn owl in coral reefs, crochet, echinoderms.
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sea urchin

Embryos of the sea urchin S. purpuratus have been used in classical developmental biology experiments, and continue to serve as an excellent system for addressing evolutionary and molecular developmental biology questions. I crocheted the sea urchin above from inexpensive variegated acrylic yarn, to provide the stiffness necessary for the “test”. I added beads, in the characteristic 5-fold radial symmetry, as well as yarn spines. The urchin was a prize for the top-scoring student in one of the classes I teach.

Background is a tote bag crocheted from plastic bag yarn.