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2016.04.11 10:30

Zealous competition in the art of cross stitch

Algirdas Acus2016.04.11 10:30

The two Lithuanian craftwomen crazy about cross stitch embroidery compete to set the records in the country.

The two Lithuanian craftwomen crazy about cross stitch embroidery compete to set the records in the country.

Aldona Virbcikienė could now easily teach geography as she has just finished embroidering the real world map with all the necessary scales, meridians, parallels and names, which were the biggest challenge.

It took 4 kilometres of threads and one and a half year of work to finish the map with the biggest error lurking while stitching Greece.

At first Aldona stitched Greece in blue under its blue and white flag, but later figured out that ‘ blue Greece’ disappears in the blue sea around it, and all the work had to be done anew.

Finally, a map of one meter height and one meter and sixty centimetres length was finished. Aldona seeks Lithuania to declare her map as a state record, due its scale.

However, the record of the biggest embroidered picture, so far, belongs to Janina Abraitienė.

She managed to embroider a reproduction of Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Last Supper”, making it two meters length. Her artwork was listed in the Lithuanian Record Book.

It took Aldona a year and a half to accomplish it, while her usual works take several months. She used threads of 86 different colours.

Aldona promised to continue embroidering other famous works of art or renowned buildings, and is ready to defend her record.

SHOTLIST

Sound bite (Lithuanian)

ALDONA VIRBICKIENĖ:
The hardest thing was to do the names of the countries. I wanted them to be very clear, just like in a regular map.

Sound bite (Lithuanian)

ALDONA VIRBICKIENĖ:
I’ve learnt every country and its capital by heart. Of course, in time, all that information sinks.

(Reporter asks if she could now teach geography)

You bet it.

Sound bite (Lithuanian)

JANINA ABRAITIENĖ:
I promise to reproduce Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’, and then I will try to embroider the ‘Mona Lisa’. I got the idea when I saw it in Louvre. I have already arranged the puzzle with Mona Lisa, and now I am ready to get to work.

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