Peterborough Festival of Trees

Peterborough Festival of  Trees

Do you remember the TV Program that is a classic now.. “Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tree”? It was way back in 1965 when it was first aired…

On November 22, 2010, I felt a little like Charlie Brown… with his little tiny Christmas Tree. We had just installed(dropped off) our four foot, black tree covered with Tatting. Yikes four feet is not very big!!!

As my wife and I left the Memorial Centre Hockey Arena it was hard walking away. We were overwhelmed by a strange feeling. She said, “It feels like we are leaving our baby behind…”

I nodded in affirmation. I understood completely. Our “baby tree” that we had worked so hard on was now sitting in that big, cold arena floor surrounded by big beautiful trees all decorated in unbelievable ways. Most were seven and a half feet tall and one was over 12 feet high!

I felt like I should be sleeping there overnight to protect it!

Earlier in the evening we had brought the tree into the Arena and were told to sit it on the floor near the stage area. On its left side was a three tier high set of speakers to blast out the sound from the stage area. On its right were three big, beautiful trees loaded with prizes and gifts from the sponsor.

The poor little black tree sparkled… and I blushed. My tree was so small.

Some of the other designers came over to look at the little, tiny offering that we had just set up. They stood staring at the tree without any words. I thought for sure they would bust out laughing at the shrub in front of them.

One lady then asked in a hushed voice, “Is that Tatting on this tree? Did you do all that?”

I nodded yes… and then felt a little bashful… like a grade three boy with his art project dragging beside him across the school ground… and then the older girls coming to ask to see it… sheesh!

I asked the ladies if they had decorated a tree as well. They said “Yes, but it is a big commercial thing, nothing at all like this one! This is beautiful!” motioning to the little black tree that I am sure was grinning from branch to branch.

As we wondered around the building taking many photos of all the trees… it was fun seeing what other “artists/designers” had accomplished with the decorations. These were Big League designers and decorators. Other than one other little tree decorated with Crocheted Christmas things, ours was the only one that had tatting on it… the only one that was very different.

My one thought was, “I hope they don’t think we bought these snowflakes in the Dollar Store! NO THEY WERE NOT MADE IN CHINA!”

As we arrived back at our little tree it was a good thing. The Hulks that set up the sound system were about to move the trees out of the way… kind of slide them over a little… so they could drive a rapid lift, huge machine through the spot where our tiny tree was sitting. They couldn’t run the big machine over their sound cords… but a small, insignificant Christmas Tree was another story.

YIKES! I felt like I did when my grandsons were beside me and the big truck was way too close for comfort as it backed up!!!!

I moved the tree to a safer place. I found a spot beside two other beautiful little trees that stood in a safer place. I am sure that the other trees giggled when the little black guy came over to stand with them. They understood!

I am so thankful for Dr. Bert Van Brenk stepping forward to sponsor this Christmas Tree Project. Without his support I may not have been able to get this done. I sure hope he likes it.

PS – Check out the Tabs above to look at more detail of the Tatted Motifs, Tatted Christmas Balls and Angels that decorated the Tree – under Tatting Demonstrations and The Gallery

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The photo below (and at the Beginning/Above) shows the Christmas Tree installed in Katherine’s home – the winner of the 2010 Tree.


About The Tatting Whisperer

Hi my name is Murray Lincoln. I am now retired and loving the free time to create with my Tatting and Wood Carving, sometimes bringing the two together. I began my journey with Tatting in 1975. While visiting my Great Aunt in a Senior's Home in Des Moines, Iowa, she told me the story of my Great Grandpa that was a Tatter. As well he was a Wood Carver and had carved three Hickory Shuttles for his three daughters. One of these daughters was my Grandma Lincoln. My Grandma Lincoln may have been the greatest Tatter ever - so my Great Aunt told me. Grandma Lincoln Tatted from age 8 years until she passed away in her 80s. Today I am a Tatter, so are my two daughters and also my Granddaughter Emma. six Generations now have carried on this beautiful craft. My Web Site featuring my creations is
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6 Responses to Peterborough Festival of Trees

  1. The tree looks wonderful with so many beautiful tatted pieces!!

  2. Jon Yusoff says:

    Thank you for sharing your day at the Peterborough Festival of Trees. Your tree decorations are lovely.

  3. Suztats says:

    Beautiful tree, Murray! Other trees may have been bigger, but the best tree is one decorated with the heart.

  4. sharron gedcke says:

    I have instantly bonded with this tatted Christmas tree.. I even felt what you discribed as”leaving your baby behind”!!! I feel very honoured to have worked with you ( even though I didn’t master the craft.. I certainly feel deeply and appreciate what I see and what a wonderful story…
    Sharron Gedcke

  5. kathynik says:

    I will be interested in reading more about your tatting story and adventures! Six generations of tatters – amazing! A wonderful story!

    I LOVE your tree! I also have a 4-foot tree with tatting on it, and one way you can make it look ‘taller’ is to put it on one of those three-legged tables, with a skirt going to the ground. I use a ruffled burgandy skirt that goes to the ground, and then cover that with my special quilted Victorian Fan tree skirt, which drapes 3/4 over the burgandy underskirt. The tree skirt has my first pieces of tatted lace on it (going back 21 years!!!) This display definitely stands out and holds its own against other decorated trees in the room. I take it to various local festivals and events in our area, and it gets a lot of attention. Visitors are amazed that tatting is still being done!

    I’m so glad those who saw your tree appreciated the hand made tatted lace that was on it!

    Kathy Niklewicz (Blog: Kathy’s Victorian Tatted Lace)

    • I appreciate the advice Kathy. Since doing the “Festival Tree” we purchased another one to also use at shows that are coming up this year. I think I will be showing it in August at a textile show that will be organized locally.

      Great idea about the skirt! Thanks.

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