CROSS STITCH PATTERN DESIGNED BY GERA! by Kyoko Maruoka
Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake is one of the most romantic ballets in the world. It tells the love story between a prince and the maiden he meets near a lake, but whom an evil spell transforms by daytime into a swan.
Designer Kyoko Maruoka has turned this beautiful story into a needlework masterpiece.
The focus is on the pair of lovers right in the center of the embroidery. The prince looks tenderly at the swan. The swan seems to want to embrace the prince with its wings. Look closely and you will notice half of her body is that of a woman. The layout, with high vegetation on both sides and swans and boreal lights overhead, forms a wreath-like frame around the lovers, as if they were sheltered from the outside world.
The colors, the decorative design style, and of course the costume of the prince and ornate tutu-dress of the dancer, all evoke the Russian origin of the tale on which Swan lake is based.
The cross stitch piece was stitched on red linen fabric from Zweigart. It will look best if you leave a wide margin of fabric around the stitched piece. You can showcase your work in an ornate frame with gilded moldings, the gold and red contrast evocative of the lavish opera settings where the ballet is performed.
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A cross stitch pattern by GERA! by Kyoko Maruoka.
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Chart info & Needlework supplies for the pattern:
Chart size in stitches: 181 x 149 (wide x high)
Needlework fabric: Aida, Linen or Evenweave
Stitches: Cross stitch,
Number of colors: 30
Themes: the love between the prince and Odette, a maiden that has been turned into a swan by an evil spell