I’ve always been a fan of Art Nouveau. The style was most popular between 1890 to 1910 often seen in architecture.  Over the years I’ve seen a number of tile interpretations as well as glass and ceramics.  It is characterized by sinuous curves, movement and often asymmetry of lines.   

The heart above is a cross stitch design inspired by Art Nouveau Cross Stitch by Barbara Hammet.  The background fabric is a muted yellow linen, 32 count and the thread colours were chosen to provide a vintage appearance.

The variegated colours are Colour 35 (brown and green) and Colour 48 (golden brown, burgundy and green).  Both colours are used intermittently in the scrolls.  A variety of muted solids were chosen to border of the scrolls.  All the stitching is one strand of cotton floss.

The braiding is a discontinued colour but any muted size 5 perle cotton would work. Love the addition of a bee at the top.

I think this is a gorgeous palette for a larger design.

What do you think? Are you a fan of Art Nouveau?

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