The Hare and the Frogs fable pattern chart
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La Fontaine's Fable : The Hare and the Frogs.
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, 2034, 2221, 2302, 2332, 2350, 2443, 2445 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 Hare and the Frogs is in our cross stitch kit La Fontaine's Fables - Episode 4.
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In his sad form lay a reflecting hare ;
For what else but reflect could he do there ?
Scared through the night, and harassed all the day,
To melancholy and to fear a prey.
“ That timid people,” thus said he,
“ Are truly wretched, well I see !
No good they get in all the food they find,
Doubt haunts their pleasure and assaults their mind. –
Such is my life—my wretched life,” he cries,
“ No sleep I know, except with open eyes.
Remove such fears, some wiser brain will say :
Indeed, is that so easy, pray ?
I make no doubt of what I hear,
That men, like me, are slaves to fear.”
Thus reasoned our poor hare,
And kept upon the watch
For every sound his ears might catch,
A prey to doubt and wasting case;
A breath, a shade, or sound upon the plains,
Kindled a fever in his veins.
While dreaming thus of his poor joys,
He heard, or thought he heard, a noise ;
A signal this for sudden flight--
Down through his hole of darkest night
He pierced; and gained the borders of a lake.
The frogs, alarmed, began to hop and quake ;
The frogs into their deepest grottoes fled.
“Ah, ha ! ” cried he, “ so I'am a cause of dread !
As others frighten me, so my bold face
Spreads terror through some other timid race !
Whence comes this intrepidity to me ?
I've trembling foes ; and they are fled afar,
And I am then a thunderbolt of war ! ”
The greatest coward on earth, I see,
May find a greater coward than he.
Jean de La Fontaine
The Hare and the Frogs
La Fontaine's museum in Château-Thierry