Sunday, January 2, 2011

Fun-a-day 2, more WBC's

Today I sewed a few more white blood cells that we all have in our body.  Along with the red blood cell, and platelets, here are the lymphocyte, on the left, and the monocyte, on the right.  Again, this is my interpretation of "normal".

Briefly, lymphocytes are recognized as a main type of cell that kills viruses, and include T-cells and B-cells.  I like to think of monocytes as a kind of "garbage collector", as among other immune system duties, they're good at "phagocytosing", or eating up infected cells and foreign debris in the body.  Lymphocytes are the second most common white blood cell (WBC), and monocytes the third.

Unfortunately, I just have to add, in this litigious day and age, that I am NOT a current medical professional, this is an art blog post, and in no way should you use any of this information for anything even remotely medical related.  Whew...

On a more positive note, I'm having a really "fun-a-day" time with this, and am excited about doing more of these.  I also am realizing that I need to buy a pair of curved embroidery scissors, as my little straight ones just can't cut the thread close enough to the surface of the fabric.  After changing my spool and bobbin a whole bunch of times already for this project, I'm learning that I'd better get used to that too!!

See ya tomorrow!

2 comments:

Beth said...

Or leave the threads a bit long and use a needle to hide the ends in the batting. This is good, in many ways... you will very seldom have threads that fray on the ends making little brooms.... or show up on the wrong side where they are glaring... or have one pulled by a well meaning hand...

The weaving is tedious, but so much better.

Becky said...

Hmmm. may have to try that! Thanks for the info!! All the info! You were helping me what, a year ago (?) when I was asking about the eyelashes on the back!!