Monday, 2 November 2009

Spreading the Word

Now I know what you are thinking, she is talking about religion. Well I’m actually referring to spreading the word about tatting, although church has a prominent part to play in this for it is where I meet a lot of people. Yesterday was All Saints Day but in the evening we invited the bereaved to an All Souls service (which is really today) and the church was packed. At every opportunity I like to show people my work, and this is what I wear in church and at other services outside the confines of a church building, such as funerals which I conduct in a crematorium. I explained to our local funeral director what it was around my surplice, a couple of years later he informed me that he had solved a crossword clue because he knew the answer was “tatting”!

In one of our parishes we regularly attend a Wedding Fayre which is held in a hotel just down the road from the church. The hotel used to be an old manor house and it is surrounded by beautiful gardens. We are allocated a table and couples who visit the Fayre are invited to take some of our leaflets and ask about church weddings, we don’t book them at this stage. Anyway some have already booked their wedding either in another church or in a secular venue, but we still can give them help - perhaps in choosing music or readings. We used to be situated in a room in this hotel with a wedding photographer and a wedding car firm, which was fine but occasionally people would put their heads around the door and say “it’s the church” and make a very quick exit! This time our table was in a large room and beside us were two sisters who sing at wedding receptions, and so we were treated to their repertoire, they were very good, but it was a bit loud, especially when you were trying to hold conversations with people! The picture shows some of the items on the table including of course “tatting” there are entwined hearts and in the gold container are crosses and butterflies, Jane’s patterns. We invite people to take these tatted items away and invariably that means questions are asked about how they are made.

This necklace was made for a girl of about 12 yrs old who saw some of my tatting and has expressed a wish to learn how to tat, along with her mother, they are in the congregation of one of the churches I minister in – so that’s what I mean about spreading the word!


  1. Both the necklace and its colour are very pretty, the girl will be very happy to wear it.

  2. Stop name dropping, little sis. You'll frighten people away from your blog!!!! GR8 stuff spreading the word - about tatting!!!! LOVE the necklace too.

  3. I wish my son and his fiance could come to your Wedding Fayre, Sally, perhaps it would make all the decisions a lot easier! So much to think about.
    "ONE of the churches" you minister in? How many parishes are you responsible for?
    This time your post reminded me of the gentle "Miss Read" books - Thrush Green, with Charles Henstock, the vicar, driving around all the country churches.
    No limericks in Miss Read books!

  4. Well done Sally, keep spreading the word.

  5. Thanks Carla, yes the girl is delighted with the necklace, in fact I found it hard to give it away!

    Jane - thanks for the patterns big sis!

    Hello again Maureen, I think arranging weddings are extremely complicated these days. Its quite an eye-opener attending the Wedding Fayre especially to see what is on offer, the hotel kindly let us have a table even though they hold marriages on their premises. We benefit by being out of the church environment and meeting people and of course showing them what we have to offer!
    There are four churches I minister in, two in one parish a small ancient church and a modern (60s) church, then there are two more parishes each with their own church. There is quite a lot of driving around and knowing where you are supposed to be, what service it is and at what time - isn't always easy!
    I will have to post a picture of the Vicars car soon, it is about 20 or so yrs after the Miss Read books!

  6. What an ingenious way to enlighten folks about tatting! Fox : )

  7. Way to go Sally, spreading the word. Lovely necklace and hearts entwined!!

  8. How did I miss so many posts? Toothbrush earrings and other goodies! I love the way you've incorporated tatting into your daily routine, exposing it to others in the nicest ways.


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