I find a lot of needlework at the thrift stores around here, and I have a really hard time passing it up. I know how much time work like this requires, and it sort of breaks my heart that it ends up in thrift stores at all. I'm not much for florals unless they're in subtle colors, but I do have a soft spot for geometric patterns and anything with tiny people. I picked this set up this morning-- table linens including a smallish table runner, eight each of small napkins and placemats (placemats not pictured), all with colorful fringe.
I picture it being something that would appeal to my kids, maybe on Christmas morning, with some of our Holztiger farm animals in the middle of the table? The figures are peasants and animals, but I don't recognize them from any particular story. One person carries a musical instrument of some sort (upper left and lower right napkin). I thought one of you might know if a folk tale or story is depicted here.