The Milkmaid and the Urn fable pattern chart
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La Fontaine's Fable: The Milkmaid and the Urn.
Pattern to embroider in cross stitch or in petit point.
Each of the patterns in this series dedicated to La Fontaines' fables contains on one side a version of the motif in colour and on the other side, the same motif in unicolour.
Our patterns are all printed on large format paper (29,7 x 42) and are very easy to follow.
Size of this motif: 90 x 90 points.
When using 12 count embroidery linen and sewing over 2 threads, the finished piece will measure 15cm each side.
Sewing over 2 threads using 16 count linen, your piece will measure 11.3cm each side.
Sewing over 5.5 count Aida, your piece will measure 16.5cm each side. Don’t forget to leave a border around your embroidery.
For the multicolour version, 14 colours of thread are needed. Our recommendations for these colours with our Retors du Nord thread: 2004, 2009, 2013, 2024, 2190, 2221, 2302, 2317, 2332, 2350, 2443, 2445, 2570 and 2876.
Our patterns are presented in pretty printed folders, the colours vary according to our stocks. The interior of the folders have printed reminders of the basic embroidery stitches.
Thread and fabric not supplied.
The Milkmaid and the Urn is in our cross stitch kit La Fontaine's Fables - Episode 2.
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Dolly with milk-pail on her head,
Well balanced by a pad,
Of getting safe to market had no dread,
Skipping along so thinly clad ;
For to be light that day, she chose
Her shortest petticoat and flattest shoes.
Thus trimmed, her journey she began,
And all her thoughts already ran
Upon her market cash—and buying goods—
That fast in fond idea breed.
She bought a hundred eggs that gave three broods ;
...And all went well, she took such heed.
“ I think,” she cried, “ it will be hard indeed
If I don't bring up chickens round my door ;
Reynard on me must run a cunning rig,
If he don't leave enough to buy a pig,
Which I shall fatten for a trifle, sure.
He was, when I first had him, pretty big ;
When sold again, he’ll bring a pretty sum,
The profit more than half;
And what shall hinder me to see at home
A goodly cow and calf ?
Around the flock I think I see him skip !
”On this poor joyful Dolly made a slip—
The pail came down—adieu calf, cow, pig, broods.
With downcast looks the lady of these goods,
Thus seeing all her fortune fail,
Went home her husband's clemenee to entreat,
Great risk she ran of being beat.
They made a farce out of the tale,
And called it hence the Milken-Pail.
Many this fond delusion share,
And build such castles in the air.
Pyrrhus and Picrochole, all regal powers,
Wise men and milk-maids here alike mistake,
And pass their time in dreaming wide awake.
Ours are all goods, girls, honours, all are ours.
I brave all perils, musing thus alone,
And wander, chasing monarchs from their throne ;
I'm great, I'm chosen king—they me adore ;
A turn—and I'm but poor Jean as before.
Jean de la Fontaine
The Milkmaid and the Urn
La Fontaine's museum in Château-Thierry.