my girls have been given "Sleeping Beauty" on video and they keep watching it. The thing is, in it, the "mad fairy" as Rhiannon calls her- Malificent, says that when "the princess is 16, she will prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and die" so all the spinning wheels were burned!!! (sacrilage!!)
Now, my first reaction was so how did they make clothes then? nd so the story goes that "on the princesses's 16th birthday, everyone wa going around in very shabby clothes, and all carpenters and joiners, and wheelwrights were commisioned to start making new Spinning wheels, "
seriously, was the spindle in the story, just a spindle, not a spinning wheel, and thus easier to prick your finger on, and not necessarily needing the spinning wheel, its just easier to describe a spindle as being part of a spinning wheel, as its easier to imagine.
Maybe the "touching the spindle" is an aspect of girl becoming woman, as it is a craft that girls would learn, a fireside craft. might have to get a spindle, just for my Story corner now!!! and that the spindle is just the tool that signifies the rite of passage into woman hood, the prick on her finger may be mutated from the first blood meanign she wa old enough to learn how to spin, and perhaps old enough to enter the realm of spiners who gathered as they had their moon time, and got away from the boys and men to get some serious spinning (or patchwork) and chatting done!!
Ooh look the story "channel" is open!!!
Spin woman spin, turn woman turn - Carolyn Hillyer
oops I'm doing Ovate stuff now!!!!
(runs round like headless chicken!!!)
Bye for now!! oh please let me know what you spinners think of this! (polite answers only - oh what th heck, belittle me if you will!!)
Love you all spinning ladies!
There is a time and a place for everything - mine is HERE and NOW.