I've Been Bitten By The Tatting Bug

Thank you, Vicki Clarke, for the tatting for our logo.
Thank you, Erin Holloway, for the logo phrase.

Palmetto Tatters' Palm Trees

7th Annual

"I've Been Bitten by the Tatting Bug!"
September 11-12
White Oak Conference Center
Winnsboro, South Carolina, USA

Updated Aug 16, 2010
(Added group pic and Show 'N Tell pics)


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

Airport Shuttle Service
Banquet (Friday Night FUN!)
Cancellation Policy
Class Teaser Pictures
Class Schedule Grid
Emergency Numbers
Flyer / AD
Fund Raisers
GPS Address
News Flash
Pattern CDs
Phone Numbers
Picture CD
Schedule for the Weekend
Scholarship (deadline passed)
Scooter Rental
Show 'N Tell
Silent Auction
Sneak Peek at Classes
Special Needs
Standard Notation
Tat Off! Bug Off!
TIAS (Tat It And See)
Tatting Display
Theme for next Tat Days
Treasure Chest
White Oak Conf Center

Group Picture from 2009
2009 Tat Days Group Picture

SlideShow of the Making Of this picture! (2 minute FUN video, 5MB)

Show 'N Tell Pictures with Winners

TIAS - IF you want to look!
NEWS FLASH! (updated September 13) Full Weekend Schedule

Watch the "updated" date at the top of pages to know if things have changed.

CAMPUS MAP - Find parking, registration, motel rooms, classes, vending, and meals.

More White Oak Conference Center Campus Tour.

We are EXCITED! How about you?
See who is coming.

Things to Remember:
* Watch this web page for our News Flash!
* Check for Homework on your classes.
* Check for preparation of shuttles and threads for your classes.
* Tat some bugs for sharing - "Trade a Bug" (optional, of course). See the News Flash for ideas.
* Practice for the Tat Off! Bug Off! Here is the pattern. Shuttles to be WON!
* Tatting for SC State Fair -1) If you want, bring small tatted pieces that we can share with fair goers in October. We try to collect over 4000 small items. 2) Tatting projects you do at Tat Days will be GREAT for SC State Fair Entries if you live in South Carolina. Go ahead and register for the state fair in August just incase you have items for October. THANKS!

Emails to Tat Days folks on this page: If you use a local/on your computer email program like Outlook Express, then just click on a name and a new email message will open. If you use an online email service like gmail, just point to the person's name and the email address should appear at the bottom left of your screen (Status Bar must be ON under View menu). Jot it down and send away.

What makes this Tat Days unique?
• Classes will be held for tatters that are just getting started; for intermediate tatters; and for advanced tatters (shuttle and fingers). We have a roster of local, national and international teachers.
• Show 'N Tell Display one night.
• Vendors and Lots of STUFF!
• The location-White Oak Conference Center-beautiful, quiet, country setting.
• Exciting games, including a Tat Off! Here is the Tat Off! Bug Off! pattern so you can practice! SMILE

Beautiful beginning of Fall, just as it is beginning to cool down, September 11 & 12, 2009. The average high in September is 83. The average low is 62.

We will be on the beautiful campus of White Oak Conference Center, 633 Mobley Highway, Winnsboro, SC  29180. Lodging is in motel style rooms. The rooms will have one or two double beds and a private bath. We encourage you to buddy up! (We can help with the roommate selection-write Bonnie and Theresa.) This is a GREAT time for old friendships to be renewed and new friendships to be formed. Meals will be served buffet style in the dining hall. Linens are provided. The rooms are not equipped with a telephone, TV, microwave, coffee pot, refrigerator, hairdryer, internet service, radio, or a clock. There is a microwave in the break room, which is located in the classroom building. Internet service is also available in the classroom building. There is no ice machine. Teachers may check in after 2:00 pm on Thursday. Participants may check in after 4:00 pm on Thursday. (If you arrive on Thursday, volunteer to help set up for tat days!) Final checkout and key return is Sunday before 10:00 am. (If you wish to stay off campus, you may wish to check out the Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce web page for other options. There are some very nice Bed & Breakfast places there.)

Why? Why NOT! Read Comments from Tat Days 2007

Help us get the word out about Tat Days. Here is a flyer for you to share with friends, print and post around your town, etc.
We would love to know how you are spreading the word about our Tat Days. Just drop a note to Joanie and Hope.

How Much?
Estimated Costs
Just so you know, we have had to go up slightly on our fees. SORRY! White Oak went up and we need to go up so we can almost cover our costs. We are going up $5 on the Registration fee (from $75 to $80), and $5 on rooms. Double rooms will be $47 per night/per person and a single room will be $65 per night. Meals went from $7 to $7.25. Maybe gasoline prices will stay below $3 per gallon instead of $4 like last year! HOPE you can ALL come! Looking forward to seeing everyone again and all of our NEW members!

Registration Fees:
Friday & Saturday = 80.00
Just Friday = 40.00
Just Saturday = 55.00

Room Fees:
Single Room = 65.00
Double Room (each) = 47.00
Triple Room (each) = 40.00
Quad Room (each) = 32.00

Arriving Early Friday and Departing Sunday morning:

  • Registration/Classes - 2 days: $80
  • Motel Room (per person/per night): $65 single, $47 double
  • Meals: $7.25 each (5 meals-Friday lunch, 3 Saturday, 1 Sunday)
  • Banquet Friday night: $18
  • T-Shirt: $15
  • Pattern CD: $10

Total for Double (2 in a room): 80+(47x2)+(7.25x5)+18+15+10=$253.25
Plus spending money SMILE for the vending room....thread, thread, thread, etc.

Adding Thursday night = $253.25+47+(7.25*2)=$314.75

SAVE with a roommate. If you are coming by yourself, we will be glad to help you find a roommate. Just write Bonnie. If you have specific conditions, like no perfume, prefer hot/cold room, you may want to consider a single room or find your own roommate.  We will do our best to accommodate your preferences, but we cannot guarantee we will be able to meet all requests.  If you know someone with whom you would like to room, please add their name to your registration. 

After August 9th and OnSite Registration Fees:
Friday & Saturday = 90.00
Friday = 50.00
Saturday = 65.00

Visitors: If you just want to just drop-by and visit, shop and see the tatting display on Saturday, that would be GREAT! LOVE to have you!

By check: Make checks payable to Palmetto Tatters Guild and mail to c/o Hope Bates, 2017 Carp Drive, Augusta, GA 30906USA (US Dollars, please.)
By PayPal. If using PayPal, please check the box at the bottom of the registration to add the fee that PayPal will charge us to use this service. It is 3% + 30 cents. On $300 that would be $9.30. Thank you.

Insurance: White Oak charges us $8 for everyone that comes to Tat Days -tatters and spouses and friends. We are including that $8 in the registration fee for tatters, but we need to charge the $8 for the spouses/friends. Thank you for understanding.

Cancellation policy
All cancellations must be in writing, either by email to Joanie and Hope, or mailed to the Palmetto Tatting Guild,  PO Box 1597, Lexington, SC  29071. To receive a full refund, a cancellation must be received on or before Aug 5, 2008. For cancellation notices received from Aug 6 through Sep 11, all paid fees, excluding half of the registration fee, will be refunded. Commemorative items, tee-shirt, pattern CD and class kits are not refundable. These items will be mailed following the conclusion of Tat Days.

Need a Ride?
If you are flying into town, the Tatters Shuttle Service is ready to provide transportation from the Columbia Metropolitan Airport to White Oak (or return) for $30 per trip. Please make arrangements with our drivers, Judy and Milton Tabor. Email them at dataterbug@aol.com or call them at 803-237-1764 cell or 803 781-5007 home. Questions?? "Now that I'm at the airport, which door do I use to meet the shuttle?" Or, "Yikes! My plane was delayed! Are they still going to be able to meet me?" Call them. Also, be courteous 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. smile 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. 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 55 minutes to get to the airport from White Oak.

Emergency Numbers/Family Contact Numbers
We HOPE no one has problems or emergencies while in Columbia for TAT DAYS! However, if needed, here they are!

Donna T. 803-338-1384 and Email: dthompson@scetv.org
Jeff T. 803-755-2024
White Oak Conference Center 803-635-4685

Class Teaser - Sneak Peek

Meet our Teachers

Class Schedule Grid

Full Weekend Schedule

If you are a brand new tatter (if you want to learn to tat), we will have someone available on Friday afternoon to teach you how to tat. Or you may wish to come to our PTG meetings, usually the 3rd Saturday of each month to learn to tat before Tat Days. See our Calendar.

For Everyone

Tat It And See

Tat It And See (TIAS)
Jane and Erin will be leading this intriguing way to tat! You may take one or both of these classes or you may participate without the class. Jane and Erin will be available all during Tat Days Free Times to answer questions. There will be 7 stages which will be handed out at various times during Tat Days. You MUST TRY to keep the "what it is" SECRET until Saturday evening! ALL welcome!

Preparation: You will want two shuttles wound continuously.  Use the thread size with which you are most comfy tatting.  And you'll want a bead that is compatible with your thread size.

You will also need to bring your patience and your lovely sense of humor! 

Want to see the progress at Tat Days?

Again this year, Palmetto Tatters Guild welcomes The Lacemaker of Cortland, OH as our key vendor. The store is operated by Tracy Jackson. In addition to her store, which regularly hosts classes, Tracy has many years experience in vending for retreats and large shows/conventions/conferences, with the number of participants between 30 to 6000.

Tracy regularly teaches classes in her shop as well as at other conferences and lacemaking events in a number of traditional lacemaking methods as well as other types of fiber arts. In addition to the threads noted on her website at http://www.lacemakerusa.com,
The Lacemaker will also bring
Tatting books, books, and more books
Shuttles, shuttles, and more shuttles
tatting needles, tatting notions, hankies and doilies, cards, videos
a variety of containers
a variety of embellishments (threads, beads, etc.)

The Lacemaker accepts Master Card, Visa and Discover credit cards and will accept personal checks with proper identification and approval.

The Palmetto Tatters Guild only accepts cash or personal checks with proper identification and approval.

ALL selling MUST be done in the vending area and pre-approved by the Tat Days Committee. Contact Teresa if you have questions or would like to inquire about a consignment table.

Class Kits: Kits ordered with registration will be available for pickup in vending Thursday evening. Some teachers will have extra kits for sale in vending.

Supplies: Be sure to check your class information for the list of supplies for each one.

Check the News Flash often as many of our teachers will also have items for sale and PTG encourages the support of the teachers. Other interested parties will also have items for sale. There will be multiple vendors with multiple registers / cash boxes. Not all vendors can accept credit cards and the Guild checkout can only accept checks or cash. Personal checks will most likely be accepted by all with proper identification and approval.

Silent Auction!!
Silent Auction!!  Through the generosity of tatters who made donations to the silent auction last year, we raised over $800 for the scholarship fund.  That was awesome!!  (Hope, are you ready for battle?) So, bring on the donations this year!!!  And remember, donations do not have to be tatting related-just something that Tatters would like. If you like-other tatters will, too! Write Gloria if you have questions. THANKS!

SPECIAL TREASURE CHEST: Erin Holloway and Georgia Seitz are collecting items tatters like for a HUGE Treasure Chest to be auctioned off at the Banquet! Proceeds go to our Tat Days Scholarship Fund. How EXCITING! smileQuestions? Write Erin and Georgia.

Commemorative Items

T-Shirts ($15)
Natural/Creme for Students with Tat Days Logo. Order with registration.

Shuttles (Thank you for your orders!):
1) Georgia Seitz is doing a shuttle again this year. The shuttle will be red with markings like a lady bug. The reverse will read: "I was bitten...etc." or "Your Name was bitten by the Tat Bug at Tat Days 2009." No more orders. 2008 Picture.
2) The Shuttle Shop will be doing a shuttle again this year, also. The logo on one side and "I've Been Bitten by the Tatting Bug 2009" on the other side. Done in cherry wood at $30 each. No more orders, please. If you have a question about an order you have already placed, Email Erin. There may be a few in vending at Tat Days. Picture.

Tat Days Pattern CD: Get a copy of ALL of the patterns from Tat Days 2009! Maybe you wanted to attend 20 out of the 32 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 or $10 in vending at 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. Cost will be $15 plus shipping.

Palmetto Tatters Guild Denim Shirts: These will be available in vending at Tat Days. They come in short and long sleeves. We recommend you try one on for size before you purchase. If you want to wear it as a shirt, the "normal" size you order would probably be correct. If you want to wear it like a jacket, then you will probably want one size larger than your "normal" size. Questions? Email Marie.

Tatting Display/Show 'N Tell
Tatting Display: Don't forget to bring items for the tatting display. We want to see the exquisite items you have created. The tatting display will have three winning categories: People's Choice, Best in Theme, and Most Bodacious Bug. Bring your tatted items to show and compete.

There will be a Bodacious Bug Pagaent so make sure you tat a beauty to participate. Use your imagination! If you want some ideas to get started with, there are many options on the web. Here are just a few:

Emma: http://www.geocities.com/emmacrew/tatting/doodlebugs.html

Heather: http://www.freewebs.com/heathersdesigns/littlebuggies.htm

Jane: http://www.e.n.e.btinternet.co.uk/

Sue: http://freespace.virgin.net/bo.hanson/Tatting/SuesPatternPage.html

Tatted Pieces: If you live in South Carolina, PLEASE CONSIDER ENTERING your pieces in the SC State Fair which will be held Oct 14-25. Information regarding entries can be found on our pages here or at www.scstatefair.org.  If you are not a resident of SC, enter your tatting in your local/state fair.

Special Needs
Please write Bonnie if you have a special need pertaining to a room. Or, send a note to Pam if your need pertains to special diet or a wheel chair.

Scooter Rental
We have contacted several companies about scooter rentals and here is the one we believe to be the best choice for this year's Tat Days. They will deliever the scooter to White Oak and retrieve it. You need to contact them to reserve your scooter and make all of the payment arrangements. Check with your insurance company to see if they will cover the costs. They only have a limited number of scooters so it will be a first call/first served.

All Medical, 2011 Hampton St., Columbia, SC. Contact person Christopher, 803-779-2011. Will deliver and pick up for $129 + tax.  

Photos and Video
You may bring your cameras to capture your special times. There will also be "official photographers" taking photos and video for The Palmetto Tatters Guild for our archives. We hope to post lots of pictures on the website after Tat Days. Hope you will share your photos, too.

Standard Tatting Notation for our Tat Days

Tour of White Oak Conference Center

Questions? Write Event Coordinators at tatdays@palmettotatters.org

Wondering about the next Tat Days theme? "Fall Into Tatting"

See slideshows of pictures from Tat Days 2008.

Questions? Write Tat Days Chairs Joanie and Hope.

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Pattern CDs from 2006 to 2011 are available.

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