The Lion and the Gnat fable pattern chart
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La Fontaine's Fable : The Lion and the Gnat.
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, 9 colours of thread are needed. Our recommendations for these colours with our Retors du Nord thread: 2013, 2033, 2041, 2317, 2332, 2350, 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 Lion and the Gnat is in our cross stitch kit La Fontaine's Fables - Episode 4.
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“ Begone, vile insect ! excrement of earth,
And from the lion keep afar ! ”
Thus spake the beast of royal birth.
The gnat declared immediate war :
“ You think your title, proudest sire,
Excites my fear or breaks my ease ?
The bull's far mightier in his ire,
And yet I lead him as I please.”
He said ; nor deigning to enlarge,
Sounded himself the battle charge ;
At once the hero and the herald too,
On to the conflict he at leisure drew.
He took his time ; jumped on the lion's mane,
And drove the royal beast almost insane.
The quadruped now foamed with sparkling eyes,
He roared—all, trembling, hid themselves around ;
With piercing cries he told the skies,
It was a gnat that gave the wound !
The gnat still led him raging mad about,
Now on his back, anon upon his snout ;
And sometimes up his very nose
The conqueror to conquest goes.
The lion suffered to the last degree ;
Triumphed his hidden foe, and laughed to see
His fangs and teeth against himself engaged.
Tearing his flesh, the lion roared, enraged,
Lashing his agonising sides in vain ;
Beating the harmless air in awful pain,
Falling exhausted, vanquished on the plain.
The gnat returned triumphant from his back,
And sounded victory as before the attack.
He went to spread the tidings all around ;
But in his way, In ambuscade, a spider lay,
And sudden death he found.
From such example two things we may know,
What's most to dread is oft the smallest foe :
The victor too, must, if for life he care,
Great foes brought down, of lesser foes beware.
Jean de La Fontaine
The Lion and the Gnat
La Fontaine's museum in Château-Thierry