Love our designs but prefer a printed pattern or kit rather than a PDF? No problem! We've collaborated with these outstanding retailers to offer our patterns on demand in printed and/or kit form. Visit them at the links below and if you don't see the pattern you want, just ask!
The Farmer's Attic
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This instant download cross stitch pattern PDF of an adorable mouse threading a needle is from a 1903 book by noted children's author and artist Beatrix Potter entitled "The Tailor of Gloucester" Based on a true story (see info below), this would look precious in a nursery.
The story of how "The Tailor of Gloucester" came to be:
A tailor in Gloucester sends his cat Simpkin to buy food and a twist of cherry-coloured silk to complete a waistcoat commissioned by the mayor for his wedding on Christmas morning. Whilst Simpkin is gone, the tailor finds mice the cat has imprisoned under teacups. The mice are released and scamper away. When Simpkin returns and finds his mice gone, he hides the twist in anger.
The tailor falls ill and is unable to complete the waistcoat, but, upon returning to his shop, he is surprised to find the waistcoat finished. The work has been done by the grateful mice. However, one buttonhole remains unfinished because there was "no more twist!" Simpkin gives the tailor the twist to complete the work and the success of the waistcoat makes the tailor's fortune.
The tale was based on a real world incident involving John Pritchard (1877-1934), a Gloucester tailor commissioned to make a suit for the new mayor. He returned to his shop on a Monday morning to find the suit completed except for one buttonhole. A note attached read, "No more twist". His assistants had finished the coat in the night, but Pritchard encouraged a fiction that fairies had done the work and the incident became a local legend. Although Pritchard was a contemporary of Potter's (he was about eleven years her junior and in his twenties when the incident took place), Potter's tailor is shown as "a little old man in spectacles, with a pinched face, old crooked fingers," and the action of The Tailor of Gloucester takes place in the 18th century.
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Ever since we opened our doors, our customers have been asking if we offer printed patterns - and now we can say why yes, yes we do! We've collaborated with these outstanding retailers to offer our patterns on demand in printed and/or kit form. Visit them at the links below (copy/paste them into a new browser window) and if you don't see the pattern you want, just ask!
The Farmer's Attic
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