Moon Rabbit – free transfer for you

by Helen on December 8, 2010

In England, we all know to look for the old man in the moon on clear moonlit nights.  But other cultures see different images in the shadows on the face of the moon.  The Japanese and other Far Eastern countries have the lovely legend of the Moon Rabbit – which inspired my design.

 Here is the legend – in case you’re not familiar with it  ….

“Once upon a time long ago, a monkey, a rabbit, and a fox were good friends.  During the day they played together and at night they slept in the forest.  The Lord of Heaven heard about the three friends and wanted to see if such a thing could really be true. He went to them disguised as a poor old man.  “I have travelled through mountains and valleys and I am hungry and tired. Could you give me something to eat?” he, asked laying down his staff in order to rest. 
The monkey went off at once to gather nuts from the trees and bushes; the fox brought a plump fish from his trap in the river. The rabbit ran through the fields in every direction but could find nothing  suitable  to bring the hungry man.  So he asked the monkey to gather some dried leaves and twigs and the fox to set fire to them. They did so. Then the little rabbit said to the elderly man, “Please eat me as I have nothing else to give you” and threw himself into the flames. 
The pilgrim was moved by the rabbit’s sacrifice, and wept, saying, “Each one deserves praise; there are neither winners nor losers. But the little rabbit has given an exceptional proof of love.” So saying, he restored the rabbit to his original form and took the little body to heaven to be buried in the palace of the moon, where the rabbit may be seen to this day.”
My Moon Rabbit is a very simple design – worked in outline only – a mix of chain and stem stitch with a few French knots for his tail.  The moon is stem stitch in cream floss whipped with gold.  I hope you like him - please click here to download your free transfer.

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Serena December 8, 2010 at 3:52 pm

It's a lovely, charming design. Thank you!


lacer December 8, 2010 at 5:13 pm

Oh that is cute!


Sahmy December 8, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Thank you! This will be my next project. I love how you framed it in the blue. And, I had never heard that legend. Thank you for that as well.


Debra December 8, 2010 at 5:53 pm

This is so lovely and sweet. Thank you!


FionaPoppy December 8, 2010 at 7:53 pm

That is really beautiful. Thankyou!


Rosie December 8, 2010 at 9:17 pm

That is so lovely!


wrenandstitchy December 9, 2010 at 12:42 am

Such a cute pattern; thank you for sharing it and the story behind it.

I love how you trimmed it with the blue fabric.


CraftCrave December 9, 2010 at 1:26 am

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [09 Dec 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria


Rachel December 9, 2010 at 4:35 am

This is so cute. I must find a way to incorporate this pattern into a baby quilt ♥


SewAmy December 9, 2010 at 1:36 pm

very cute / sweet.


kristin December 10, 2010 at 12:41 am

so sweet! and i can't wait to share the story at my preschool. thanks once again for he freebies! xx


KC'sCourt! December 10, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Oh he's cute – I love him
Julie xxxx


Becky December 12, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Thank you so very much! The legend is so touching and as always, your embroidery is beautiful. I deeply appreciate how much you share with us.


Ms Muffin January 1, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Oh my goodness, this is the cutest thing EVER! This would look adorable on a nightgown or sleep shirt!
Thanks so much! It is really sweet!


Laura Bray February 3, 2011 at 6:20 pm

I just linked to this entry on my blog today. ( Thanks for the wonderful pattern!


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