Riquet with the Tuft fairy tale pattern chart
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Charles Perrault fairy tale : Riquet with the Tuft
Pattern to embroider in cross stitch or in petit point.
Each of the patterns in this series dedicated to Perraults fairy tales on one side a version of the motif in colour and on the other side, the same motif in unicolour. The instruction sheet contains the paragraph that it illustrates in the tale.
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, 16 colours of thread are needed. Our recommendations for these colours with our Retors du Nord thread: 2332, 2445, 2443, 2190, 2016, 2028, 2479, 2234, 2043, 2003, 2041, 2834, 2005, 2000, 2444 and 2029.
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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Once upon a time there was a Queen
who had a son so ugly and so misshapen
that it was long disputed whether he had human form.
A fairy who was at his birth said, however,
that he would be very amiable for all that,
since he would have uncommon good sense.
She even added that it would be in his power,
by virtue of a gift she had just then given him,
to bestow as much sense as he pleased
on the person he loved the best.
All this somewhat comforted the poor Queen.
It is true that this child no sooner began to talk
than he said a thousand pretty things,
and in all his actions there was an intelligence that was quite charming.
I forgot to tell you that he was born with a little tuft of hair upon his head,
which made them call him Riquet with the Tuft, for Riquet was the family name.
Seven or eight years later the Queen of a neighboring kingdom
had two daughters who were twins.
The first born of these was more beautiful than the day;
whereat the Queen was so very glad that those present were afraid
that her excess of joy would do her harm.
The same fairy who was present at the birth of little Riquet with the Tuft was here also,
and, to moderate the Queen's gladness,
she declared that this little Princess should have no sense at all,
but should be as stupid as she was pretty.
This mortified the Queen extremely;
but afterward she had a far greater sorrow,
for the second daughter proved to be very ugly.
"Do not afflict yourself so much, madam,"
said the fairy. "Your daughter shall have her recompense;
she shall have so great a portion of sense
that the want of beauty will hardly be perceived."
"God grant it," replied the Queen;
"but is there no way to make the eldest,
who is so pretty, have any sense?"
"I can do nothing for her, madam, as to sense,"
answered the fairy, "but everything as to beauty;
and as there is nothing I would not do for your satisfaction,
I give her for gift that she shall have power to make handsome
the person who shall best please her."
As these princesses grew up, their perfections grew with them.
All the public talk was of the beauty of the elder
and the rare good sense of the younger.
It is true also that their defects increased considerably with their age.
The younger visibly grew uglier and uglier,
and the elder became every day more and more stupid:
she either made no answer at all to what was asked her,
or said something very silly.
She was with all this so unhandy
that she could not place four pieces of china upon the mantelpiece
without breaking one of them,
nor drink a glass of water without spilling half of it upon her clothes.
Although beauty is a very great
advantage in young people,
the younger sister was always the more preferred in society.
Riquet with the Tuft