Saltan’s Court cross stitch pattern is a replica of Boris Zvorykin’s interpretation of the famous Russian fairytale — Tsar of Saltan. This is the scene that inspired Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s intricate piano solo, Flight of the Bumblebee from the famous opera.
The Tsar of Saltan sits at dinner and learns of a magical princess who lives out on the sea — not realising she is the enchanted swan destined to become his daughter-in-law. We think you’ll enjoy stitching the elaborate costumes of the court soldiers and chefs, as well as the chandelier and geometric floor tiles. The combination of red, coral, orange, blue, and gold tones is incredibly beautiful.
This is a large, full coverage cross stitch and the finished piece measures 44.5 x 65.1cm when completed on 14-count Aida cloth (245 x 359 grid). You’ll need 145 different DMC colours but there is very little confetti in this project.
To make things easier, we’ve included an extra chart in your download pack that works perfectly in the Pattern Keeper App. PK is great for managing full coverage projects.
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.
If you love the bright colours and strong outlines of this cross stitch, check out the other charts in Boris Zvorykin’s Tsar of Saltan series.