Minli and the villagers stared as he wheeled his cart. Even though the village was by a river, it had been many years since anyone had seen a glimpse of a goldfish. The fish in the Jade River were brown and gray, like the village. The goldfish man’s cart was full of bowls of flashing fish that glittered like jewels.
His gentle calling drew Minli to him like a moth to a lit lantern. “How does a goldfish bring fortune into your home?” Minli asked.
The goldfish man looked at her; the sun setting behind him made him glow bright red and yellow. “Don’t you know?” he asked her. “Goldfish means plenty of gold. Having a bowl of goldfish means your house will be full of gold and jade.”
As Minli stared into his bowls with her shining black eyes, a brilliant orange fish stared back at her with its shining black eyes. And then quickly, so quickly that Minli barely thought about it, she turned into the house and grabbed the two copper coins from the white rabbit rice bowl.
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
- Use the pen included to trace the goldfish template to the felt.
- Place the paper templet under the felt and trace. If it’s hard to see through the felt try holding it against a sunny window.
- Put the foam square under the felt.
- Take some time to decide what color pattern you want to use. Try to avoid putting the same color next to each other.
- Place a very small bit of roving agains a line and poke the needle repeatedly along the line. Wherever you poke, it will be secured to the felt.
- Continue coloring by folding the loose wool and poking.