Shes 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 doesnt 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 thats not stopping Lopianowski-Roberts. She already thinking about her next project.
She says she hopes it doesnt take her 10 years again, but in her words, I have stick-to-it-iveness.
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