The Wolf and the Dog fable pattern chart
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La Fontaine's Fable : The Wolf and the Dog.
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, 10 colours of thread are needed. Our recommendations for these colours with our Retors du Nord thread: 2005, 2009, 2013, 2024, 2034, 2317, 2332, 2443, 2445 and 2570.
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 Wolf and the Dog is in our cross stitch kit La Fontaine's Fables - Episode 2.
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A wolf reduced to skin and bone,
So well the dogs had watched their care,
Met with a wildered mastiff stout as fair,
Fat, in good case, and straying all alone ;
Gladly Sir Wolf had made the attack,
And tore his belly from his back.
He fain would have his dinner ;
But he must to battle fall,
With a mastiff strong and tall,
Which kept in awe the sinner.
Most humbly therefore he the silence broke,
And pretty compliments admiring spoke,
About his goodly size and fat. ”
“ Why, ” said the Dog, “ you soon may equal that ;
Leave but your woods and come along with me,
And from your wretched, starving neighbours flee ;
For here you live by fighting or by fetches ;
No easy cheer, no certain state,
Poor, despicable, hungry, shabby wretches :
Corne follow me and share a better fate. ”
“ And what's the work, ” said Wolf, “ required in place ? ”
“ A trifie, ”—answered Mastiff, “ just to chase
Beggars and men with sticks away ;
Fawn on the family, and please the master,
Which mounts our wages up the faster ;
Platesful of broken victuals every day,
Pullets’ and pigeons’ bones are on us pressed ;
You've no idea how we're caressed. ”
The Wolf o'ercome assented weeping,
He formed great popes of such high keeping.
As they advanced he saw the Dog's neck bare.
What's that ?" he cried.— “ Nothing. ” — “ Nothing ? why pause ? ”
“ Pshaw ! what ye see, perhaps is worn-off hair ;
The collar I'm tied up in is the cause. ”
“ Tied ! ” cried the Wolf, “" ye don't run where ye will ? ”
“ Not always.— But no matter ; we've our fill."
“ Have you indeed ? I really do not care
Now, for your sumptuous fare ;
For liberty I count all treasures light. ”—
He said, and fled, and still holds on his flight.
Jean de La Fontaine
The Wolf and the Dog
La Fontaine's museum in Château-Thierry