The ancient Egyptians are the first people to leave extensive evidence of their alliance with domestic cats—an affiliation that developed at least 5,000 years ago, according to Egyptian writings and statues (one of them – the Gayer Anderson Cat I saw in British Museum last year). These domestic cats became beloved household companions, and then sacred animals associated with the gods.
And this is our Egyptian Mau Cat for cross stitch:
While some people might at first be attracted to the Egyptian Mau’s beautiful spotted coat, most become fans due to the breed’s temperament and personality. Maus, like their ancestors that were invited along on the duck hunts of their Egyptian companions, love to fetch. In fact, they love any play activity that mimics hunting behaviour. Indoor-only Maus, the only kind recommended by most enthusiasts, will sometimes leave gifts of well-killed catnip mice on the pillows of their favourite people. Be sure to give your Mau lots of pettings and praise, and perhaps a treat or two, for these presents; Maus will be upset, and quite confused if their generous gifts are coldly rejected. While not overly talkative, Maus will let their humans know if something is amiss, particularly if that something concerns food dishes. Their voices are usually melodious and quiet. When engaged in conversation with their human companions, Maus wag their tails, tread with their feet, and make a variety of sounds that fanciers call “chortling.” Maus are devoted to the humans who pay them the proper homage. If you show your Mau you can be trusted, your Mau will shower you with love and loyalty. They are fiercely loyal cats who generally don’t take to strangers. Once they bond with their preferred persons, they want to be worshipped by their chosen family rather than by the entire human race.
Update on Woodland Sal – Otters are ready. They are so cute, aren’t they? Can’t wait to stitch the next part. But the main rule of each Sal is that you get each part separately, once a month, and you don’t know what will happen next. You can only guess – whether it’s going to be a fox or a wolf, or maybe… well, what animal will be next?
Some time ago I started new cross stitch Sal from Kate by Durene Jones pattern. I ordered a pattern and a fabric because it was specially designed and dyed for this Sal. The first was Barn Owl, the second – Rabbit.
Then I stitched Weasel and Stag.
Unfortunately, then I took a break in stitching this Sal, because I decided to complete East Asian Inspirations Sal. So after the break, I came back to Woodland Sal and stitched next parties, not in the order: they are Badger and Deer.
Next was Frog, the central part and all the Sal looks like this way:
Two last parts I’ve stitched are these: Squirrel and Harvest Mice.
Now I can’t wait the next parts appear and we are discussing in our stitching group what they will be – Fox, Wolf, Hedgehog, or some more nice woodland animals. There will be three more animals here, so to be continued 🙂
Update on our Slavic Horoscope cross stitch patterns. I’d like to present you Stoat – sign, that is current for people, who were born these days – from 10th March to 10th April. So what can we know about Stoats character? – The Stoat is a beast that feels great power in itself. It is overflowing with it so he does not sit still for an hour, always on the move. If you see him immovable and collapsed, you are deeply mistaken, believing that you finally saw the Stoat resting, because he feverishly comes up with either a hundred sophisticated tricks at once: how to penetrate into the neighbouring forest and steal from other stoats, or how to choke all the nasty squirrels in his forest. The stoat is so confident in himself and his right, that he does not care about the norms, rules, laws. He is truly convinced that he is doing a good and necessary thing when he steals from a chipmunk – how fat he is! – that he is loved and admired not only for his dexterity but also for his actions.
People, born under the patronage of the Stoat are distinguished by their energy and active life position. Something happens to them all the time. Having Stoat in friends, it is very difficult at least once not to be involved in an adventure. They love adventure and can do several things at once. The Stoats are always convinced they’re right. Sometimes it becomes like stubbornness and can lead them to trouble, although in general, the Stoats are kind and responsive – they often come to the rescue first, even without being a close friend, and they are, in fact, most often a selfless and responsive man, more willing to help than others.
So with big pleasure, as Stoat is my birth Zodiac sign, I present to you two Stoats charts – a Horoscope sign and Stoat in Winter cross stitch pattern. Happy stitching xx
The next our Slavic Horoscope animal is Hamster – some of the most loved pets.
The hamster – a creature that sleeps almost nine months a year, but the rest develops a frantic activity, having time to gather bread from the fields and stuff the storerooms to the ceilings.
The Hamster Man is able to work day and night without rest, hastily sip hot coffee and go back to work. On days like these, he can make as much as the Ants-born does in a month. But then the Hamster, exhaled, falls with his tongue sticking out and comes to his senses for a long time, and the Ant works, works, works, and when it comes time to compare the results, it is still unknown who has more time!
Hamsters are loved for their unabashed character, slowness and kindness. They love to rest and they know how to do it, even if the rest – is just lying on the grass in the sun.
For every cross stitcher or embroiderer, the term “hamster” has a special meaning – it makes us “to hamster” our supplies so that we never run out of threads, fabrics, needles, special scissors, kits and other things we need for developing our hobby.