Friday, August 31, 2018

The Tailor of Gloucester by Beatrix Potter

Frontispiece: The Tailor Mouse
Helen Beatrix Potter, 1902 © Tate
I've always enjoyed the stories and illustrations of Beatrix Potter.
Especially these from the book The Tailor of Gloucester.

I'm sharing a few of my favourites with you today.
Her detail of the embroidery is so wonderful!

The Mice at Work: Threading the Needle
Helen Beatrix Potter, 1902 © Tate

The Mice Stitching Button-Holes
Helen Beatrix Potter, 1902 © Tate

‘No More Twist’
Helen Beatrix Potter, 1902 © Tate

And my favourite song the mice sing, while working...

"Mew! Mew!" interrupted Simpkin, and he scratched at the door. But the key was under the tailor's pillow, he could not get in.

The little mice only laughed, and tried another tune—

"Three little mice sat down to spin,
Pussy passed by and she peeped in.
What are you at, my fine little men?
Making coats for gentlemen.
Shall I come in and cut off your threads?
Oh, no, Miss Pussy, you'd bite off our heads!"

You can see all of the illustrations from this book here.

You can read the book online here.

Happy Stitching!

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