Cross-stitcher sews mini-gallery of famous masterpieces

Elcin Ozcan has replicated Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and Edvard Munch’s The Scream, among other works.

Cross-stitcher sews mini-gallery of famous masterpieces

A cross-stitch expert has sewn a mini-gallery of some of the world’s most famous masterpieces.

Elcin Ozcan, 44, from Ankara, Turkey, has recreated artwork including Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night, Edvard Munch’s The Scream and Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.

Cross-stitched Mona Lisa on a tiny easel.
Cross-stitched Mona Lisa on a tiny easel (Elcin Ozcan/PA)

“I would visit all art museums on trips abroad, so I already knew quite a lot about the paintings I produced so far.

“As I made these miniatures and posted them online, people started suggesting more paintings and I checked them out [by reading] about the painter and the painting and turned some of them into miniatures too.

“So this has been a learning opportunity as well as a creative journey.

“I always [have a] hugely positive response to them, especially when they are displayed all together. I am really proud of my personal mini-museum.”

Mrs Ozcan's version of The Scream.
Elcin Ozcan holding her version of The Scream (Elcin Ozcan/PA)

She said the design process behind The Starry Night took 10 to 12 days and the stitching process took a week.

The Starry Night
The Starry Night (Elcin Ozcan/PA)

“I end up changing the design stitch by stitch, adjusting the colours as I go. I also make a lot of changes during stitching.

“Softwares are never better than the human eye. So a lot of changes come up during stitching. I stitch and frog (term for ripping out a stitch), stitch and frog until it satisfies me.”

Mixture of images
A selection of mini-art (Elcin Ozcan/PA)

She said: “My mother creates all kind of things – paintings, clay ornaments, cross-stitch, knitting, jewellery-making, to name a few – and my grandfather was a fabulous oil painter.

“I was always surrounded by art and craft materials growing up so I tried everything my household can offer.

“I knew how to cross-stitch from a very young age. However it wasn’t my first choice for crafting until my 30s.”

She is currently designing Sir Frederic Leighton’s Flaming June and her creations can be found via her Instagram:

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