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Stitching Science

The Institute's Seed Fund Project for 2019, led by Stephanie Norwood, a former PhD student from the Brand Lab.



We plan to engage crafters in the local area through a series of knitting workshops. Participants will create a detailed crochet cell containing various organelles and will be able to discuss the different parts of the cell with scientists as they knit.


The aims are to:

  • create an informal environment for scientists to interact with local communities and learn a new craft
  • disseminate information about research projects at the Gurdon Institute to the local community and beyond
  • increase public trust in science and research by meeting with scientists in an informal setting

Eventually, the cells made by each crafter can be stitched together to form a 'crochet epithelium' as part of an exhibit.

The crochet instructions will also be made available online for anyone to download, along with scientific information about the cellular structures and related research projects at the Gurdon Institute.

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Crochet Instructions

Create your own crochet cell from home - click below to download illustrated instructions (suitable for beginners and more advanced crocheters). 

Cytoplasm instructions

Plasma membrane instructions

Mitochondria instructions