Anyone seen Prince Charming ?

Every picture book or movie version of the tale of Sleeping Beauty [ well, that I’ve ever seen anyway ] has her pricking her finger on a spindle.

THIS, by the way, is a spindle.

What the illustrations always … always … show is Ms Aurora / Briar Rose [ whatever your favourite version names her ] pricking her finger on a classic saxony style spinning wheel.

which doesn’t have a spindle.

If the spinster was producing linen thread, they might have had a spikey looking distaff [ which would be that thingy at the top ] to hold the flax, and if I thought about it at all, I would’ve figured that the distaff was what skewered the royal finger.

I would’ve been wrong.

Turns out that the forerunner to what we think of as the classic spinning wheel is a thing called a Muckle wheel, or waulking wheel, and they do have an extremely pointy iron spindle.

So there you go, she could have pricked her finger on a spindle.

I would’ve been pretty much prepared to bet that no one could prick their finger on a modern drop spindle.

I was wrong.

My newest ‘jade’ spindle has a handmade hook that has clearly just been bent from appropriate gauged wire and then just snipped off without filing it smooth …

Someone wake me in a hundred years, okay ?

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One thought on “Anyone seen Prince Charming ?

  1. Lynne says:

    sharp intake of breath here! Ouch!!!

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