I didn't know much about Art Nouveau, other than it is ascribed to Frank Lloyd Wright and Tiffany-stained glass. The projects in the book are beautiful and sophisticated-looking. The charts are also large and easy enough to read. The colors suggested are listed by the DMC brand. Artists featured include Mucha, Renee Mackintosh, Klimt, and Walter Crane. (Don't count on a full picture by Klimt though, just a mirror piece that incorporates some of the same colors as in "The Kiss.") The bamboo "stained glass" wooden box on the cover is my favorite, although I will have to special order the light green aida fabric. However, the Mackintosh rose women pieces are also very stunning and unique. The piece by Mucha is a poster lady holding a glass of champaigne. It looks almost like it's almost entirely done in blackwork, with black and gold thread on white. All of the pieces have a crisp, clean look.
I'm pleased to have just discovered some of Mackintosh's beautiful work. His Mackintosh "rose women" have a sophisticated, yet subdued stained glass-y appearance. I wasn't very fond of Walter Crane's "flower lady" (faery-airy looking) pictures, but if your'e into that kind of thing, you'll love those, because there are three them, the daffodil lady, red posy lady, and purple iris lady. They are each about 12 inches square, once completed.
There is also a pretty picture, I think it is called "Wysteria," which resembles a seaside scene framed by wysteria, which looks kind of "stained glass-y." It also kind of reminds me of a French Impressionist painting. It is a manageable size to do, and would look lovely in one's livingroom or bedroom.
The Mackintosh rose women pieces and the bamboo stained glass piece on the cover are my favorites. I was a little bit surprised that there weren't any pieces resembling Frank Lloyd Wright's work. However, the designs in this book are "strong" and interesting to look at, yet the colors in them are soft and subdued like watercolors, so they don't appear too "busy."
All of the pieces can be done on white or ivory Aida cloth, although the book suggests many other lovely colors to coordinate with the designs, like blush peach, light yellow, and barely blue. If you are lucky enough to be able obtain those, they would give your work a special touch. The only thing I was disappointed in, was a project by Renee MacIntosh. It is a picture of two rose lady's with a big, abstract yellow dress. In order to get that effect, you will need some gold gauze fabric, which I cannot find anywhere. It's possible to stitch the entire area in yellow, but that would take forever (and a lot of thread) to do.