Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Woman Cross-Stitches Replica Of Sistine Chapel

MCLEAN, Va. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Joanna Lopianowski-Roberts is a woman familiar with making the sign of the cross – cross- stitching that is.

She’s created a scaled-down cross-stitch replica of the painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and has published her patterns in a new book called In the Footsteps of Michelangelo (Lulu).

Lopianowski-Roberts tackled the project in October of 1995 because she wanted something more challenging than regular cross- stitch patterns.

It took Lopianowski-Roberts 10 years and 2,872-hours of stitching to finish the piece. That doesn’t include the roughly 700 hours she estimates she spent designing the 40-inch by 80-inch piece.

Some of the major crosses she had to bear were creating a flat version of the Sistine Chapel ceiling, which is curved, and while she says her eyesight is still good, the piece took a toll on her neck and back.

But that’s not stopping Lopianowski-Roberts. She already thinking about her next project.

She says she hopes it doesn’t take her 10 years again, but in her words, “I have stick-to-it-iveness.”

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