Our Prince Gvidon cross stitch pattern was inspired by the famous Russian Folktale — The Tsar of Saltan. The original design was painted by Boris Zvorykin at the height of the Art Nouveau movement and used to illustrate his own interpretation of the classic tale.
Don’t you just love the turquoise and sea green tones, contrasting the dark corals and bright reds?
In this scene the Tsar of Saltan’s wife and son (Prince Gvidon) are now rulers of the magical Buyan Island, but yearning for their real kingdom of Tmutarakan.
Back in Tmutarakan, the powerful Tsar of Saltan believes his family to be dead — not realising he has been deceived by his sisters-in-law. While he was away fighting in the war the evil sisters kidnapped the Queen and baby Gvidon and cast them into the sea.
The design is simply beautiful and filled with bright colours and positive motifs. We think you’ll love stitching the bold aureole sun, the magical city, and the fine details of the royal robes.
If you love large, full coverage cross stitch this is definitely the project for you. Measuring 45x65cm (on 14 count Aida cloth) this giant needs 88,806 stitches. Wow. But don’t worry your chart will work perfectly in Pattern Keeper App.
Boris Zvorykin was a Russian artist and illustrator who lived from 1872 – 1942. He published many illustrated books of folktales. His gorgeous Art Nouveau paintings and typography make wonderful cross stitch projects. Browse our store for his other published works.
We have more in Boris Zvorykin’s Tsar of Saltan series and currently working on six matching charts. Now that’s a whole lot of stitching.