This Little Piggy in Cross Stitch
Susan Penny has designed this pretty cross stitch nursery rhyme for attaching to a bag, purse or pencil case
I think we can all remember our parents telling us ‘This little Piggy’ when we were young. For most, it brings back memories of cuddles with mum or dad, feeling safe and loved, and laughing as you wait in anticipation for the ‘tickle’ at the end. My children used to shout, again! again! and this would continue until both were exhausted with laughter. There seems to be very little written about the origins of the rhyme, which was first published in 1760 in The Famous Tommy Thumb’s Little Story Book. The rhyme is counted on a person’s toe, normally a child, and each line corresponds to a different toe, started with the big toe and ending with the little. A foot tickle is usually added during the ‘Wee…all the way home’ line.
I have taken the first line of the rhyme and designed a pretty cross stitch panel, which I have added to a plain pink pencil case. The edges of the evenweave were turned over before machine stitching it to the side of the case.
This little piggy went to market,
This little piggy stayed home,
This little piggy had roast beef,
This little piggy had none,
And this little piggy cried wee wee wee all the way home.