The Elves fairy tale pattern chart
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Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm's fairy tale : The Elves
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, 15 colours of thread are needed. Our recommendations for the colours with our Retors du Nord thread: 2317, 2780, 2223, 2234, 2190, 2001, 2033, 2043, 2749, 2022, 2350, 2302, 2003, 2834 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.
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...Now it befell that one evening not long before Christmas,
when the man had been cutting out,
he said to his wife, before going to bed,
"What think you if we were to stay up to-night
to see who it is that lends us this helping hand?"
The woman liked the idea, and lighted a candle,
and then they hid themselves in a corner of the room,
behind some clothes which were hanging up there,
and watched. When it was midnight,
two pretty little naked men came,
sat down by the shoemaker's table,
took all the work which was cut out before them
and began to stitch, and sew, and hammer so skilfully
and so quickly with their little fingers that the shoemaker
could not turn away his eyes for astonishment.
They did not stop until all was done,
and stood finished on the table,
and they ran quickly away.
Next morning the woman said,
"The little men have made us rich,
and we really must show that we are grateful for it.
They run about so, and have nothing on, and must be cold.
I'll tell thee what I'll do: I will make them little shirts, and coats,
and vests, and trousers, and knit both of them a pair of stockings,
and do thou, too, make them two little pairs of shoes."
The man said, "I shall be very glad to do it;"
and one night, when everything was ready,
hey laid their presents all together
on the table instead of the cut-out work,
and then concealed themselves
to see how the little men would behave.
At midnight they came bounding in,
and wanted to get to work at once,
but as they did not find any leather cut out,
but only the pretty little articles of clothing,
they were at first astonished,
and then they showed intense delight.
They dressed themselves with the greatest rapidity,
putting the pretty clothes on, and singing,
"Now we are boys so fine to see,
Why should we longer cobblers be?"
Then they danced and skipped and leapt over chairs and benches.
At last they danced out of doors.
From that time forth they came no more,
but as long as the shoemaker lived all went well with him,
and all his undertakings prospered.
Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm