The little Fish and the Fisherman fable pattern chart
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La Fontaine's Fable : The little Fish and the Fisherman.
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, 2005, 2009, 2013, 2041, 2190, 2302, 2332, 2350, 2443, 2445, 2570, 2777 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 little Fish and the Fisherman is in our cross stitch kit La Fontaine's Fables - Episode 4.
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The smallest fish will grow too great,
If God allows him such a fate ;
But when he’s caught, to let him go
I think myself would folly show,
For he don’t bite again so soon, we know.
A fisher on the river’s bank, we hear,
Hooked out a carpling of the smallest fry :
“ Still that makes one,” the man did cry,
“ And the beginning of my merry cheer :
Come, let us bag thee, little rogue. ”
The carpling pleaded in his brogue :
“ Alas ! what can you make of me ?
Not half a mouthful shall I be !
Let me the size of carp attain,
And then you’ll hook me up again ;
Some rich contractor you'll entice
To buy me at a handsome price,
Whereas in my poor wretched state,
A hundred scarce will fill a plate :
And such a plate ! not worthy to be tried.”
“ Well, be it so,” the fisherman replied ;
“ Friend fish, you finely preach away ;
But you must go to pot, whate'er you say,
For certainly to-night you shall be fried.
”One fish in hand's worth two we have not got ;
The one is certain, and the other's not.
Jean de la Fontaine
The little Fish and the Fishermann
La Fontaine's museum in Château-Thierry.