The Fisherman and his wife fairy tale pattern chart
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Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm's fairy tale : The Fisherman and his wife
Pattern to embroider in cross stitch or in petit point.
Each of the patterns in this series dedicated to Grimm's 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, 17 colours of thread are needed.
Our recommendations for the colours with our Retors du Nord thread: 2041, 2003, 2033, 2042, 2834, 2190, 2223, 2005, 2317, 2777, 2021, 2221, 2001, 2227, 2266, 2234 and 2443.
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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...And when he went back, the sea was green and yellow,
and not nearly so clear. So he stood and said,
"O man, O man!-if man you be, Or flounder, flounder,
in the sea- Such a tiresome wife I've got,
For she wants what I do not."
Then the flounder came swimming up, and said,
"Now then, what does she want?"
"Oh," said the man, "you know when I caught you
my wife says I ought to have wished for something.
She does not want to live any longer in the hovel,
and would rather have a cottage.
"Go home with you," said the flounder, "she has it already."
So the man went home, and found, instead of the hovel,
a little cottage, and his wife was sitting on a bench before the door.
And she took him by the hand, and said to him,
"Come in and see if this is not a great improvement."
So they went in, and there was a little house-place
and a beautiful little bedroom,
a kitchen and larder, with all sorts of furniture,
and iron and brass ware of the very best.
And at the back was a little yard with fowls and ducks,
and a little garden full of green vegetables and fruit.
"Look," said the wife, "is not that nice?"
"Yes," said the man,
"if this can only last we shall be very well contented."
"We will see about that," said the wife.
And after a meal they went to bed.
So all went well for a week or fortnight, when the wife said,
"Look here, husband, the cottage is really too confined,
and the yard and garden are so small;
I think the flounder had better get us a larger house;
I should like very much to live in a large stone castle;
so go to your fish
and he will send us a castle."
"0 my dear wife," said the man,
"the cottage is good enough;
what do we want a castle for?"
"We want one," said the wife;
"go along with you;
the flounder can give us one."...
The Fisherman and his wife
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm