The Swan Princess cross stitch pattern was inspired by a 1905 illustration by Art Nouveau master Ivan Bilibin. The illustration appeared in a printed recreation of Alexander Pushkin’s famous poem — The Tale of the Tsar Saltan.
The design is classic Art Nouveau and embodies Bilibin’s signature use of black line to frame the swan and key design elements. You’ll love stitching the swan’s golden crown and burnt orange beak — as well as that mystical sky in varying shades of eggplant, blueberry, and violet. We’ve left out the artist insignia in the top left as it was a little vague.
This project looks great as a standalone design, or displayed alongside other charts from your favourite fairy tales.
Ivan Bilibin was a Russian artist who lived from 1876 – 1942. He is famous for his fantastic illustrations of fairy tales and ancient Russian history, dress, and folklore. Apart from book illustrations, Bilibin also created stage props, posters, programs, and stationary for operas, ballets, and large events.
He is recognised as one of Russia’s most important Art Nouveau artists and his artwork has even been depicted on Russian postage stamps (circa 1960s).
Keep calling back to the store as we transform more of Ivan Bilibin‘s wonderful illustrations into cross stitch projects.