The Horse and the Wolf fable pattern chart
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La Fontaine's Fable: The Horse and the Wolf.
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, 11 colours of thread are needed. Our recommendations for these colours with our Retors du Nord thread: 2005, 2009, 2013, 2039, 2221, 2302, 2317, 2332, 2350, 2443 and 2445.
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.
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A certain wolf, about the time
Warm zephyrs to the fields restore their prime,
When animals all quit their wintry home,
And o'er the valleys for their pasture roam ;
A wolf, I say, who'd seen the winter pass,
Came forth and spied a horse just sent to grass.
His joy the reader fairly may opine.
“ Fine game to see thee in my claws, I say.
Ah ! wert thou but a sheep, thou shouldst be mine ;
But shifting is required for such a prey :
Let's shift it then. ” Advancing slow,
He said, “ As pupil of Hippocrates,
I know the virtues, if your worship please,
Of all the simples that in these meads grow.
Yes, without flattering, I can cure
The greatest ills that beasts endure.
Would great Don Courser own he's ill,
I'd cure him gratis by my skill ;
For to behold him as I see,
Grazing so wantonly and free,
Proves illness,—so say all the faculty.”
“ I'm ill,” replied the horse, “ with pain I trot ;
’Tis an impostume ander foot I've got.”
“ My son,” the doctor said, “ there is no part
Susceptible of so much smart.
I serve our lords the horses when they’re ill,
And, as a surgeon, have some little skill.
” Our rogue but waited for the purposed crime,
To catch his patient in the nick of time.
The other guessed the trick,
And lent him such a kick,
That to a mummy beat his jaws,
And useless made his teeth and claws.
“ I'm rightly served,” Wolf muttered in his mind,
“ Each one should follow his own trade, I find ;
I've played the Herbalist, and rue it sore,
Who never but a Butcher was before.”
Jean de La Fontaine
The Horse and The Wolf
La Fontaine's museum in Château-Thierry.