Yep! But there is back-stitch in each of them, and often fractional stitches and French knots; they’re patterned from actual microscopic images, so I try to get them as close as I can to those pictures (though they’re often different colors than the actual images just so they’re not all the same). I always recommend backstitching the outlines first and then filling in, so it’s clear where fractional stitches should go, and using 2 threads (instead of the usual 1), which gives a bolder look and also helps the thread to lay flat instead of getting loose or wonky like single-thread backstitch often does.
Here’s a photo of 20 different microbes (many of them in the Monthly Microbe, but not all of ‘em), and here’s a link to the Microbes and Germs section of my shop for single photos of lots of finished microbes: https://www.etsy.com/shop/aliciawatkins?section_id=11480156 .
You can choose different microbes for your 12 month set if you’d like some with less backstitching. I chose the dozen for the kits and finished version so they’d look pretty good as a set and also be slightly easier than some of the others (fewer French knots, mainly, though the flu has its fair share).
The ones from Set 4 aren’t pictured in the finished Microbes section of my shop because I haven’t gotten to stitching and photographing them yet, so here’s also set 4’s patterns: https://www.etsy.com/listing/163241952/cross-stitch-pattern-common-microbes-set . :)
I LOVE this idea (even though it’s mine).
I’ve had the original Monthly Microbe up in my Etsy shop for a year now, and no one’s ever bought it (probably b/c buying a dozen hand-stitched microbes is $$$$). Now that I have my kit packaging all worked out thanks to awesome artist Clare, I’m ready to offer a DIY edition of the Monthly Microbe — one kit sent to you once a month, for 12 months. :)
Here it is: https://www.etsy.com/listing/168769114/cross-stitch-kits-monthly-microbe-diy