Beatrix Potter’s stories stand the test of time. Loved the world over, her very special artwork has been reproduced for the counted cross stitch artist in this adorable Christmas Stocking based on the story of her favorite duck. Here is the adorable Ms. Jemima Puddle-duck, who was annoyed because the farmer’s wife would not let her hatch her own eggs.She set off on a fine spring afternoon along the cart-road that leads over the hill.She was wearing a shawl and a poke bonnet.
The story tells of how she found a special spot in the woods where a kindly whiskered gentleman ( who turned out to be a fox) allowed her to lay her eggs in his summer home. When the time had come for Jemima to sit on her eggs, he tricked her into bringing herbs and sage and onions for a "feast" they would have. Luckily, Jemima happened to tell her tale to Kep, the Collie, who saved the day, and Ms Puddle-duck too!
"A moment afterwards there were most awful noises—barking, baying, growls and howls, squealing and groans.And nothing more was ever seen of that foxy-whiskered gentleman. Presently Kep opened the door of the shed, and let out Jemima Puddle-duck. Unfortunately the puppies rushed in and gobbled up all the eggs before he could stop them.He had a bite on his ear and both the puppies were limping. Jemima Puddle-duck was escorted home in tears on account of those eggs.She laid some more in June, and she was permitted to keep them herself: but only four of them hatched. Jemima Puddle-duck said that it was because of her nerves; but she had always been a bad sitter."~~The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck, by Beatrix Potter
Size: 10" x 16", Free Ornament size: 4.5" circle
Kit contains: Charted design for #14 white Aida cloth, 100% cotton floss, Gold metallic thread, ribbon, cording, backing fabric, needle, alphabet chart, ornament templates, complete directions and stitch instructions. Ornament templates, ornament/ stocking hanger. Lining fabric not included. Proudly made in the USA
Artist: Adapted from a design by Beatrix Potter, copyright Frederick Warne & Company
Manufacturer: Needle Treasures, JCA Inc
Year/Condition: 1989/ Vintage New