Tat Days 2006

JUNE 2-3, 2006

"Hats Off To Tatting!"


Full Schedule | Classes | Teachers

TAT DAYS 2005| 2004 | 2003

September 25 , 2006

Who is Teaching?
Who is Coming?
Why? Why NOT!
And How?

Airport Shuttle Service
Columbia Area
Flyer / AD
Fund Raisers
Packing List
Pattern CDs
Phone Numbers
Picture CD
Show 'N Tell
Special Needs
Video DVD or VHS


THANK YOU for a WONDERFUL weekend!

Mark your calendars and come Join Us at the
5th Annual Tat Days, September 7 & 8, 2007,
at White Oak Conference Center
(just north of Columbia, SC)!

2006 Tat Days

Competition Special Awards

Notecards with tatting
Best of Show
Lori Dunlap
Best of Theme
Carol Lowe
Baseball cap with tatting
Hat with tatting
Judges' Choice
Abby Small

Picture CD: Ready in a few weeks, before November 1st.
Video/DVD: Ready by Christmas. Thanks for your patience!

Important Dates for 2006:

  • Today: Help distribute flyers in your neighborhood. Printable flyers here.
  • Registration is OPEN for Tat Days Classes & Lodging
  • May 20th: WORK DAY at the library
  • May 20th: Local tatters, please BRING your competition pieces (and entry forms) for judging at the Saturday meeting at the library.
  • May 28th: Close Tat Days Registration until Friday at Tat Days
  • June 2-3: FUN TIME!

Tatting for Tat Days (Imagine that!)
1) Tatting for Teachers: Each year we present our teachers a small token of our appreciation and thanks for participating in Tat Days. This year the teachers are getting a blank canvas for a teachers bag that we are asking YOU to help decorate. Any tatted piece that you would like to contribute to a teacher’s bag, or maybe something for each of your teachers, will be appreciated. Perhaps a completed class project (this year or a previous year), a special thank you for a teacher, an original design or an animal/bug/beauty. It’s all up to you! The teachers can add their own tatting if they would like. During the Fun & Games & Prizes time Saturday night, June 3, 2006, two prizes will be awarded for the best decorated teachers’ bags.

2 ) Butterflies, Bugs and Beauties (Hats) for Sharing: How many can you make with your left over ends for our SC State Fair Sharing of Tatting project? In 2005, we had 4000 small tatted pieces to share. Please help us make a GREAT start towards that number again this year. What about your completed practice Tat Off Hats? We would LOVE to have your little beauties! And the person who turns in the most beauties WINS a $30 gift certificate to use in the vending area. You can see pictures of our 2005 SC State Fair Tatting Booth here.

3) How about a Tatted Lanyard for your name tag? Probably about 30" long.
Ideas: a) split rings in Altin Basak 50 or DMC 20, b) elastic encapsulated with a Josephine Chain, c) something with beads, d) Decorative Cords from Gina Brummett's class last year, or, of course, e) your own creative creation. Have FUN!

4) Competiton & Show 'N Tell including "HOTT" HATS
Possible Hat patterns:
2006 Tat Days "HOTT!" Tat Off pattern
Bowler Hat by Teresa Woods 2006
Celtic hat pattern by © Jane Eborall 2001: http://www.e.n.e.btinternet.co.uk/hat.htm
Celtic Knot Red Hat by © Rozella Linden Tatting 2003 (donated to PTG)
Queen Mom memorial crown by © Gale Marshall 2002: http://www.tatsall.ca/patterns/HMElizabethcrown.htm
Red Hat by © Gina Butler 2003: http://members.cox.net/ginabea/docs/TatREDHat.pdf
newRed Hat by © Mark Myers 2004:
Top Hat by Teresa Woods 2006
Witch's Hat (fancy) by © Gillian Buchanan 2003: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art14295.asp
Witch's Hat by © Gillian Buchanan: http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art13836.asp
Sherry Townsend's web site: http://celticdreamweaver.com/images/2004/P1150165_b.jpg

And looking forward to all of your creative ideas!

5) Homework / preparation for your classes. Check your class information to see if there is a homework assignment including getting your shuttle(s) ready. If pattern needed, contact the teacher to receive instructions.

What makes this Tat Days unique?
• Classes will be held for beginners, intermediate and advanced tatters (needle, shuttle, hooks, and fingers) with a roster of International Teachers.
• Palmetto Open Tat Competition and Exhibit
• Show 'N Tell Exhibits
• Vendor and Lots of STUFF!
• Exciting games, including a Tat Off! Here is the Tat Off! pattern so you can practice! smile

Where is Tat Days 2006?
We will be on the Campus of Columbia International University in Columbia, South Carolina. Dorm rooms will be available for lodging and all meals will be provided in the dining hall, buffet style. (No Smoking or Alcohol allowed on campus.)

How do I get there?
Columbia Metropolitan Airport, MAP to TAT DAYS 2006 at CIU,
MAP of Campus, Tour of Campus, Colored Map of Campus

Need a Ride?
If you are flying into town, we the Tatters Shuttle Service ready to provide transportation from the Columbia Metropolitan Airport to the college (or return) for $15 per trip. If you will be using this service, please make arrangements with our drivers, Judy and Milton. They are ready to make sure tatters have a smooth trip from the airport to the university. If you have any questions or concerns, such as "Now that I'm at the airport, which door do I go out to meet the shuttle?" or "Yikes! My plane was delayed! Are they still going to be able to meet me?" don't hesitate to call them on their cell phones at 803-237-1764 or 803-237-1765. Remember to be curtious and call Judy and Milton if your plans change - delayed flight, missed flight, caught an earlier flight - so they do not make a trip to the airport looking for you and you are not there. And so we do not worry about you. They will have to charge you for 2 trips if they make 2 trips for you when you did not call ahead to change your plans. (Sorry.) So, please take their numbers with you, on your person. Also, when leaving, please be ready to leave 2.5 hours before your flight since it takes 35 minutes to get to the airport from the university.

Emergency Numbers/Family Contact Numbers
Let's do HOPE no one has any problems or emergencies while in Columbia for TAT DAYS! However, it is always nice to have a phone number to call, just incase. And your family might feel better about you "running off" if they have a number that can reach you. In the age of cell phones, most of you will have a phone close by but just in case you do not, you may give your family the number for Donna T., 803-530-0356, her cell phone, or try her husband Jeff at home at 803-755-2024. Or Karen's cell number is 803-238-6497.

What's the Schedule?
Here's the Class Schedule and the FULL Schedule. You will not want to miss a minute! We will have classes Friday afternoon and all day Saturday. Wonderful banquet Friday night. Vendors/shopping Friday and Saturday. Fun and Games and Fellowship. And of course a tatting display all day Saturday!

Who are the Teachers & What are they teaching?
Our list of International Teachers is UP! In our 31 class sessions, we will cover many techniques and varied projects.

Beginners: New Tatters Workshop - if you want to learn to tat, we'll teach you the stitch & flip, and then you will be able to enjoy the rest of the weekend in beginner classes, tatting with the rest of us. Please email Lori if you wish to attend. For new tatters unable to attend on Friday, new beginner classes are also available on Saturday.

Conferences: Included in our sessions will be "conference" classes. Have you always wanted to learn more about a certain topic? Maybe you’d like to learn split or mock rings; or maybe those split chains need a little work? Sign up for a "conference" class or just drop by! In this class, the students select the topics to be taught! You may send an email to the teacher if there is a topic you would like to learn, or just let the teacher know at the beginning of the class time. The teachers will present an individualized lesson based on your interests! (Go ahead! Try to stump them! If they don’t know ... we are dedicated to finding someone who does!)

What is the Palmetto Open Tat Competition?
(Registration is closed for 2006 entries.)

We welcome your tatting for our Competition. Pre-Registration of your piece(s) is required before May 18th. We ask that you complete the online form and then print it to include with your piece(s). If local, please bring your pieces and entry forms to the May 20th meeting. If MAILING your entries, please do so to arrive in time to GET TO COLUMBIA BY May 31st . We will pick up the mail on Thursday the 1st. Or bring them to Tat Days Thursday evening, June 1, between 6:30 and 8:00 or Friday morning, June 2, between 8:30 and 11. See our Complete Guidelines here. Check out the NEW categories!

Will there be a Tat Days Show 'N Tell?
Of Course! Tatting is Always Welcome at Tat Gatherings!
We expect and want to see all sorts of show and tells - whether judged or not - whether displayed on fancy boards or pulled out of a pocket. Do please bring tatting of all types! If you want your pieces that are not a part of the judging/competition, displayed in the display room, please bring them by the display room in the Rossi Student Center on Friday before Noon.

Can I get tatting supplies there?
Shuttles, tatting needles, threads, instruction and pattern books, and more than you can imagine, can all be purchased on site.
See last year's vending room.
If you are interested in bringing items to sell, please contact Teresa about our consignment table in the vending room. (10% fee to the Palmetto Tatters Guild based on total sales.) All items sold at Tat Days must be pre-approved by the Tat Days Committee so as to not interfere with any of the other vendors. Thank you.

Commemorative Items
T-Shirts ($15) Pastel Green with the HOTT! logo.
updatedPalmetto Tatters 2006 Shuttes: Shuttles with Hat and Theme ($20 or $25) and Winders ($5 each or 3 for $10) made by the The Shuttle Shop. Ordering is closed for this item. There may be a limited few at Tat Days.
Tat Days 2006 Pattern CD: Get a copy of ALL of the patterns from Tat Days 2006! Maybe you wanted to attend 20 out of the 25 classes! Now you can have all of the handouts from ALL of the classes! Just $10 if order when you register to come for Tat Days. If you cannot attend Tat Days (we will MISS you) but would like to purchase the pattern CD, after Tat Days we will link up an order form.
17.00  (normal US postage, check or MO payable to Palmetto Tatters Guild)
$20.00 (US Priority mail, check or MO payable to Palmetto Tatters Guild)
If you elect to use PayPal to remit; prices will be $17.80 and $21.00.
(Out of the USA orders will be handled individually.)
Commemorative Picture CD - just $5. You may order when you register or later.
Commemorative DVD or VHS - just $10. You may order when you register or later.
FREE Postcards to mail back home. Bring addresses and stamps.

How much is the Registration?
Early Registration On or Before May 14
Entire Conference: $60.00
Friday only: $30.00
Saturday only: $45.00

Registration May 15 to May 28
Entire Conference: $75.00
Friday only: $35.00
Saturday only: $50.00

Walkup Registration
Entire Conference: $85.00
Friday only: $40.00
Saturday only: $60.00

You will be able to pay online with credit card through Pay Pal or use your Pay Pal account. There will be a $5 charge for this service. Or you can mail in a check with no fee.

REGISTRATION: It is "first come - first served" for classes. Be sure to look over our "HOTT!" ("Hats Off To Tatting!") list of teachers and their offerings.

Registration Questions? Write Donna T.
Payment Questions? Write Teresa

Who is coming? HOPEFULLY YOU! See our list!

How much is the Lodging on Campus?
1 per room/per night: $32.00
2 per room/per night: $22.00 each

Staying on campus is optional and solely up to you. The dorms are "old style" with the bathrooms down the hall. If this is OK with you, then we would LOVE to have you. But if you prefer a local hotel and all they offer, then go for that.

On Campus, participants may check in after 6:30p.m. on Thursday.
Linens are provided (sheets, pillows, pillow cases, towels, washcloth - one set for the weekend). There are laundry facilities in the dorms. Folks may bring their own phones and plug into the phone lines in the rooms for outgoing calls. (Do not have to dial 9 to get out.) No incoming calls. There is a refrigerator and microwave on each floor in the dorms. Due to electrical system limitations, CIU asks you not to bring private refrigerators, ice-less coolers, microwaves, or TVs /VCRs, for your individual rooms. The Computer Center will be open - next to library - for those who need to do research or check emails. Final checkout is Sunday before 10a.m. Checkout is VERY IMPORTANT so that we get your room key returned or there will be a $40 charge to you by CIU since they would have to replace the door lock. There will be a place on the registration form to select a type of dorm: women's hall, men's hall, or married couples' hall.
If you want a roommate, please email your request to Donna T. If you have any preferences like no perfurmes or no snoring (ggg), include that, too.
Note: Because this is a college campus, if you will have children with you (or do not wish to stay on campus), you may want to check out the other lodging options below. And remember NO smoking and NO alcohol allowed ANYWHERE on campus.

Special Needs on Campus:
Please note on your registration form any special needs you have.
The campus is "wheel chair" accessible except for the second floor of the classroom building.
Scooters: If you wish to rent a scooter from a local shop, see the information here. Check your insurance; it may pay for it. Donna T. would like to know if you decide to rent a scooter. Thank you.
Lodging: Will you need a wheelchair accessible room, can't do stairs (3 story dorm without an elevator), special bathing needs, etc? Questions? Ask Donna T.
Food: If accomodations are needed for diabetes, allergies, etc., please let us know.

Packing List (Updated for 2006): (THANKS Ladies!)

updatedChristina's Packing List: DOC or PDF

Riet's List:

  • A bag with Sunshine
  • A bag with Big Smiles
  • A bag with Patience
  • A bag with Humor

And maybe bring addresses of Family and Friends. There will be FREE Tat Days postcards for you to mail back home. (Bring stamps, too.)

Other Lodging Options
Hotels near CIU
Note: CIU is exit #68 off I-20.
MAP to TAT DAYS 2006 at CIU


This 1,419-acre park, situated in the middle of the sandhills region, features a beautiful 30-acre lake surrounded by trails and picnic areas.

Camping: Each site is packed sand and has individual water and electrical hookups. Seventeen sites accommodate RV's up to 35 feet, others up to 30 feet. Eighteen sites are pull through. The campground is convenient to restroom facilities with hot showers. 87 sites with electricity and water and rent for $16-18/site/night plus applicable taxes.
15 to 20 miles from CIU.
Contact Information: 9564 Two Notch Rd., Columbia,SC 29223, (803) 788-2706
Driving Directions: On US 1, 13 miles northeast of Columbia and 3 miles from I-20 and 1.5 miles from I-77.


Barn Yard RV Park

Each site is $22.00 (tax included) per night for two people.
Each additional person over 12 years of age is $1.00 per person per night.
Note from Webmaster: "My brother says this is a really nice place!"
Give them a call at 1-800-633-6351 for Reservations or 803-957-1238.
It is about 25 miles from Columbia International University.

Where will we eat?
Our meals will be served in the dining hall in the Rossi Student Center on campus.
$5.50 Breakfast, $6.00 Lunch, $20 Friday Night Banquet, $6.50 Saturday Dinner
There will be COLD bottled water, courtesy of PTG, available all day, both days. And there will be snacks served in the dining hall between sessions on Saturday at no extra charge.

What else can we do in Columbia while we are in town?
Click here and check it out!

What will the weather be like?

In Columbia, SC, June 4th has an average high of 90°F, average low of 66°F, making the mean 78°F. Usually HIGH Humidity. The record high for June 4th is 102°F set in 1985 and the record low is 53°F set in 1988. The sunrise will be at 6:13 and sunset will be at 8:32. (Courtesy of weather.com.)
The dorms, dining hall and classrooms are air-conditioned.
Click for Columbia, South Carolina Forecast
(watch out for the ads)

Flyers / ADs

Flyer 1 - Large Tat Days logo

Flyer 2 - More information on page

Announcements Around the Country
Arts Daily at http://www.artsdaily.org
Country Living magazine
Low Country of South Carolina: Michaels store window, and AC Moore tatting teacher.
Midlands of South Carolina: The Needler
The State newspaper (Columbia, SC)
The Star & Beacon of Ninety-Six and Greenwood, SC
Sun News of Myrtle Beach, SC

Photos and Video
You may bring your cameras to capture your special times. There will also be an "official photographer" taking photos and video for The Palmetto Tatters for our archives and the Commemorative Picture CD and DVD.

Fund Raisers
Butterflies Migrating: A Flock of Lace Flutteries
, our butterfly book.
Personalized Business Cards shaped like a Shuttle. Order by May 26th for delivery at Tat Days.
T-Shirts ($15) Light Green. Adult Small to 6X
Video on DVD for $10 and Picture CD for $5 of Tat Days events.
Tat Days 2006 Pattern CD
: Get a copy of ALL of the patterns from Tat Days 2006! Maybe you wanted to attend 20 out of the 25 classes! Now you can have all of the handouts from ALL of the classes! Just $10 if ordered when you register for Tat Days.

See you there!

General Questions? Write Teresa

Registration Questions? Write Donna T.

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