Grandy Needles

DESCRIPTION: Thread grandmother's needle. Open the gates for King George and his lady. It is too dark to see how to thread grandmother's needle.
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1912 (Partridge)
KEYWORDS: playparty royalty
FOUND IN: Britain(England(North,South)) West Indies(Jamaica)
REFERENCES (4 citations):
Opie-Game 2, "Grandy Needles" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: J.B. Partridge, "The Game of 'Thread the Needle' and Custom of Church Clipping" in Folklore, Vol. XXIII, No. 2 (Jun 1912 (available online by JSTOR)), p. 200 ("Grandy needles, thread your needles - set! set! set!") (1 text)
J.B. Partridge, "Cotswold Place-Lore and Customs (Continued") in Folklore, Vol. XXIII, No. 4 (Dec 1912 (available online by JSTOR)), p. 446 ("Thread the needle to begin") (1 text, 1 tune)
Martha Warren Beckwith and Helen Roberts, _Folk-Games of Jamaica_ (Poughkeepsie: Vassar College, 1922 ("Digitized by Internet Archive")) #31 pp. 38-39, "Thread the Needle" (4 texts, 3 tunes)

cf. "Thread the Needle" (game) and references there
NOTES: The "Grandy needles, thread your needles ..." text from Partridge is associated with a "Thread the Needle" game played until about 1860 in Cumbria on Easter Tuesday. - BS
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