Fairy Tale investigations


Little Red Riding Hood’s Grandmother knitted her a hat ‘because she loved her so much’ according to the Brothers Grim version of the tale. The process of knitting an item for a certain someone often involves reflecting upon them, homemade garments can be literally stitched with love. I mimicked this by knitting the hat by-hand myself and thinking about Little Red Riding Hood. This contemplative thinking inspired poetry , some of which is stitched onto the hat. (Also see my poem A Fair Maiden in the Poetry section of this portfolio)

Better to see Red Riding Hood hat

In response to the dusters I’ve stitched with Fairy Tale Promises & Expectations I also explored other mundane domestic objects. This glove holds several visual references: to the domestic task it is intended for, to the promise of the ball, and the putting on of gloves of another kind for that event. Cinderella was forbidden by her Stepmother to go to the ball and was instead given a long list of domestic tasks to complete. Only her Fairy Godmother could save her with a promise and some magic!

You shall go to the ball! rubber glove

I discovered that due to a possible misinterpretation from French into English, Cinderella’s slipper might well have been fur instead of glass. What a difference to dance in slippers rather than shoes that cut your feet! The slipper I’ve created here in felt references the comfort of domesticity and visually links to the dusters and washing up glove.


Comfortable domesticity - yellow slipper


In the tale The Little Goose Girl, the princess’s Mother puts three drops of her blood onto a handkerchief to act as a Talisman against evil. For a while the Princess is tricked into swapping places with her Maid but her talking horse (this is Fairy Tale after all!) reveals the truth by reciting the text I’ve stitched below at the city gates. This handkerchief is an investigation into summing up a story in a single object.

Faleda hankie


This play on words explores the relationships between well know phrases and a familiar tale. The tiny patchwork quilts reference the context of Granny (or the Wolf) being discovered in bed by Little Red Riding Hood.

bed head


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