Updated July 2, 2021.
This quartet of hearts gives you a great way to explore the various ways analogous color schemes work. I love how pretty this design is.
To make the sampler, begin by drawing out the 2″ squares on your canvas. I made mine in a square, but you could also do them in a row. Then using the heart outlines in this post trace a heart into each square. Then mix or match these patterns or others and threads from your stash into your own design. Mark out each block in Tent Stitch. I used taupe matte Kreinik for this.
The upper left heart uses Watercolours, glow in the dark Kreinik, and Sparkle Rays for a very citrus color scheme. In scanning, the Sparkle Rays bleached out completely. The pattern has three rows Tent Stitch in square and rectangular blocks.
The background is stitched in T Stitch using Kreinik #4. This thread is very fine, so it leaves a hint of color and a sparkle.
The upper right heart uses another pattern of square blocks, this time grouped in sets of four. The square blocks are outlined in dark violet Very Velvet and the background is an extremely pale blue, all in Tent Stitch.
The squares are filled with Diagonal Mosaic, with the upper left and lower right using a blue-green Gloriana (deep blue sea). The upper right and lower left use a light blue Elegance.
The background is Nobuko, stitched using pearl cotton.
The lower left heart is stitched in Linenfold, a stitch which uses a combination of straight (wider stripes) and diagonal (narrow stitches). I used a dark red-violet Pebbly Perle for the narrow stripes and alternated Neon Rays and Kreinik ribbon for the wide stripes.
The background is Hungarian, a stitch I often forget about and one which should be used more often. It’s stitched using Crescent Colours floss is Purple Toile, a very pale violet.
The last heart (lower right) is stitched in Trianglepoint using Dinky Dyes silk and Flair I dyed myself. This background is also T Stitch but made with Petite Very Velvet, making a more solid background.