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.
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