Spin, Weave, and Measure is a modern fairy tale first published in Bad-Ass Faeries : It’s Elemental by Dark Quest Books in May 2014. I wrote about my (mis)adventures in preparing this story here.
Gianes : They are female, solitary wood elves who will occasionally aid humans. They are master cloth weavers, but weave for fun rather than for anyone’s benefit. Divination is another one of their talents. Their usual method of divining is to scry into their moving spinning wheels. Their associated element is Earth. From Monstrous.com
Yarrow is quoting from The Complete Works of Shakespeare, Project Gutenberg Etext, Copyright 1990-1993, World Library, Inc.
Rose is quoting from The Seventh Octave : The Early Writings of Saul Williams, Moore Black Press, New York, New York, 1998′
Thorn quotes from Sappho : One Hundred Lyrics by Bliss Carman, Project Gutenberg EBook, May 2004
The gianes are referred to here and there in books and across the internet in a brief paragraph. They are described as Italian wood elves who are weavers and fortune tellers. Finding a piece of their cloth is considered good luck. I also found hints and veiled references to creatures that could be gianes in Italian Folktales, selected and retold by Italo Calvino (translated by George Martin), Harcourt, Inc, New York, New York. 1980. Elements of those stories are woven into this tale.
I’ll start posting it here on Thursday.