Bearskin fairy tale pattern chart
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Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm's fairy tale : Bearskin.
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.
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, 13 colours of thread are needed. Our recommendations for the colours with our Retors du Nord thread: 2317, 2013, 2223, 2348, 2221, 2005, 2749, 2022, 2705, 2043, 2029, 2780 and 2443.
Our patterns are all printed on large format paper (29,7 x 42) and are very easy to follow.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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...The soldier had nothing left but his gun;
he took that on his shoulder,
and went forth into the world.
He came to a wide heath,
on which nothing was to be seen but a circle of trees;
under these he sat sorrowfully down,
and began to think over his fate.
"I have no money," thought he,
"I have learnt no trade but that of fighting,
and now that they have made peace
they don't want me any longer;
so I see beforehand that I shall have to starve."
All at once he heard a rustling,
and when he looked round,
a strange man stood before him,
who wore a green coat and looked right stately,
but had a hideous cloven foot.
"I know already what thou art in need of," said the man;
"gold and possessions shall thou have,
as much as thou canst make away with do what thou wilt,
but first I must know if thou art fearless,
that I may not bestow my money in vain."
- "A soldier and fear - how can those two things go together?"
he answered; "thou canst put me to the proof." -
"Very well, then," answered the man, "look behind thee."
The soldier turned round, and saw a large bear,
which came growling towards him.
"Oho!" cried the soldier, "I will tickle thy nose for thee,
so that thou shalt soon lose thy fancy for growling,"
and he aimed at the bear and shot it through the muzzle;
it fell down and never stirred again.
"I see quite well," said the stranger,
"that thou art not wanting in courage,
but there is still another condition
which thou wilt have to fulfil."
- "If it does not endanger my salvation," replied the soldier,
who knew very well who was standing by him.
"If it does, I'll have nothing to do with it."
- "Thou wilt look to that for thyself," answered Greencoat;
"thou shalt for the next seven years neither wash thyself,
nor comb thy beard, nor thy hair, nor cut thy nails,
nor say one paternoster.
I will give thee a coat and a cloak,
which during this time thou must wear.
If thou diest during these seven years,
thou art mine; if thou remainest alive,
thou art free, and rich to boot, for all the rest of thy life."
The soldier thought of the great extremity
in which he now found himself,
and as he so often had gone to meet death,
he resolved to risk it now also,
and agreed to the terms.
The Devil took off his green coat, gave it to the soldier,
and said, "If thou hast this coat on thy back
and puttest thy hand into the pocket,
thou wilt always find it full of money."
Then he pulled the skin off the bear and said,
"This shall be thy cloak, and thy bed also,
for thereon shalt thou sleep,
and in no other bed shalt thou lie,
and because of this apparel shalt thou be called Bearskin."...
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm