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Today’s podcast is a Swedish version of the popular fairy tale “Rumpelstiltskin” from our book The Fabrics of Fairy Tale. In “The Three Fayes,” a peasant widow hopes her daughter, May, might have a better future spinning at the queen’s palace. If May can spin flax, weave fabric and sew a shirt for the prince, the queen will allow May to marry him. But the peasant widow has lied, and May doesn’t know how to accomplish the task set before her! Be sure to tune in to find out what happens to poor May, and read on for a chance to win!

In this story, May doesn’t know how to spin flax because she prefers tending to the garden and looking after the animals. What are some of your favorite outdoor activities? Leave a comment below and you’ll be entered to win a copy of The Fabrics of Fairytale. The contest closes July 3 at midnight EST and July 4 at 5am GMT.

Here are some fun facts about sewing and fabric:

  • A skein is yarn or thread wound loosely around a reel.
  • People have been using flax to make linen since the times of ancient Egypt.
  • Flax is more durable than cotton.
  • The faye’s “invisible” stitching was probably a “flat” or “abutted” seam, where two pieces of fabric are joined together without overlapping to attach the edges.
  • The word “sewing” was first used in the fourteenth century.


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