According to Aesop, one day a fox was walking along a dry and dusty road when he spied clusters of ripe purple grapes growing overhead. They were bursting with juice and their fragrance was sweet to the fox’s nose. The fox jumped as high as he could, but the grapes were just out of his reach. He jumped again and again, but he still could not reach them.
Finally, he said to himself, “Those grapes don’t look very ripe. They look small and green and not worth bothering about. I shouldn’t waste my time on those sour grapes.” And with that, he walked off down the road.
The moral of the story is: It’s easy to scorn what you cannot obtain.*
Except for the binding, my pattern, The Fox and the Grapes, is finished. The size is 18” x 24” plus the 1 ½” border. I think it works with the dark and richly colored area from top left to bottom right and then the simpler area containing the fox. I used a #5 cut for the fox, #8 cuts for the mountains and grassy area, the leaves and the bird, and #8.5 for the rich dark background.
I’ll bind this piece at the Woolwrights’ hook-in, coming up on March 19th. They always do a spectacular job hosting a great day of hooking, shopping, and networking. Oh, and eating. Rug hookers like to eat.
It took me many months to get this piece started, but I am pleased with how it came out. Now I have to decide on my next rug. Perhaps another Aesop fable? In addition to this one, I’ve already done Belling the Cat, and The Fox and the Crow, but there are over a hundred fables from which to choose. In the meantime, I need to rid my studio of wool dust.
There’s a lot of beauty out there and in one’s imagination.
* The Aesop fable I used came from: Aesop’s Fables by Jerry Pinkney. © 2000 Jerry Pinkney and Chronicle Books LLC