As was normal at the time, the floor was made with rushes both for warmth and cleanliness. Brigid stooped down and started to weave them into a cross, fastening the points together. The sick man asked what she was doing. She began to explain the cross, and as she talked his delirium quieted and he questioned her with growing interest.
Through her weaving, he converted and was baptised at the point of death. Since then the cross of rushes has been traditional in Ireland.
The girls would bring the doll around from house to house and the women of the house would invite the girls in.