The Fox and the Stork fable pattern chart
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La Fontaine's Fable : The Fox and the Stork.
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, 13 colours of thread are needed. Our recommendations for these colours with our Retors du Nord thread: 2004, 2005, 2009, 2013, 2033, 2041, 2221, 2317, 2332, 2443, 2445, 2570 and 2777.
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.
The Fox and the Stork is in our cross stitch kit La Fontaine's Fables - Episode 2.
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By Gossip Fox a dinner was prepared,
And Gossip Stork engaged to come and dine ;
The feast was frugal, all expense was spared,
The gallant had but broth, and it was fine.
Most unpolitely to hie mate,
He served this broth up in a plate.
With beak so long she could not get a sup,
While in a moment Reynard lapped it up.
Dame Stork, to punish this vile trick,
Invited him to lap and lick—.
“ Gladly,” he cried ; “ with friends like thee
I make no ceremony, as you see.”
True to the hour, he hastened there,
Rejoiced to see that Mistress Stork
Had done the dinner to a hair ;
He praised her much, and much admired her work.
He smirked and told the smiling lady,
His appetite was more than ready ;
From the minced meat the tempting steam arose
With pleasing information to his nose.
And now, to try his ready wit,
Just as he wagged his tail to feed,
The meat for him was dished indeed
In vase with narrow mouth and elongated neck,
For Master Reynard's snout unfit,
Fit only for the Stork's long beak.
Poor Reynard blushed a fowl should trick him so,
With drooping head and tail, obliged to go.
Deceivers all, I write for you,
Measure for measure waits you too.
Jean de La Fontaine
The Fox and the Stork
La Fontaine's museum in Château-Thierry