Swan Lake | Gera! by Kyoko Maruoka
Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake is one of the most romantic ballets in the world. It tells the love story between a prince and the maiden he meets near a lake, but whom an evil spell transforms by daytime into a swan.
Designer Kyoko Maruoka has turned this beautiful story into a needlework masterpiece.
Chart size in stitches: 181 x 149 (wide x high)
Number of colors: 30
The focus is on the pair of lovers right in the center of the embroidery. The prince looks tenderly at the swan. The swan seems to want to embrace the prince with its wings. Look closely and you will notice half of her body is that of a woman. The layout, with high vegetation on both sides and swans and boreal lights overhead, forms a wreath-like frame around the lovers, as if they were sheltered from the outside world.
The colors, the decorative design style, and of course the costume of the prince and ornate tutu-dress of the dancer, all evoke the Russian origin of the tale on which Swan lake is based.