Art Nouveau Cross Stitch Paperback
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be for, the designs would be perfect.
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1) The charts are clear and easy to use.
2) The designs seem authentic and are used imaginatively to make a variety of projects.
3) The book is well layed out and attractive.
This is really a very nice book for stitchers looking for art nouveau projects.
Another source for such projects is Ross Designs, who make cross-stitch charts for Alphonse Mucha prints.
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.
However, it is a nice book with background on art nouveau and designs inspired by artists such as Alphonse Mucha, Gustav Klimt, and Louis Comfort Tiffany. Also included are instructions for basic cross stitch, cleaning your work, stretching needlework, and turning your piece into a cushion.
If you have a preference for either color or b&w charts, you should be aware that the charts in this book are in color with symbols.