Category: Media & Culture / November 12, 2012 10:32 AM EST
A woman has completed a cross-stitch work of "Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival," an endeavor that has taken nearly six years, in northeast China's Yingkou city.
"Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival", one of the most valuable Chinese ancient paintings, was created by Zhang Zerui in Song Dynasty (960-1279). The cross-stitch work weighs more than 15 kilograms, and has a width of 0.8 meters, and a length of 24.4 meters, quadrupling the original length.
Cross-stitch, a kind of embroidery, has been popular in recent years in China as it not only is beautiful to look at, but can make money.
The creator of the work, named Gao Shuli, is 53 years old. She started doing cross-stitch 10 years ago, becoming fully infatuated with it, and she spent a lot of time on this specific cross-stitch piece.
At first, the whole family opposed her act of doing cross-stitch all day, but she insisted on it and won their understanding later.
With the family's support and encouragement and her love for cross-stitch, she finally completed this great cross-stitch work although she was feeling physically incapable of doing so.
The work features 1,695 people, more than 60 livestock, over 30 houses and pavilions, 20 carts and sedans, in addition to 66 colors used in the cross-stitch work. She estimated that she has had to make more than 10 million stitches on it, wearing out more than 20 needles in the process.
She is most satisfied with cross-stitch work of "Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival" although all of her cross-stitch works, big or small, are very delicate, are hung on the walls of her house.