Blast From The Past

10th Annual

Tat Days 2012
September 7-8
"Blast from the Past"


Updated May 10, 2013

Past Tat Days: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003


News Flash


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

Banquet (Friday Night FUN!)
Cancellation Policy
Class Project Pictures
Class Grid Schedule
Emergency Numbers
Exchange Table
Flyer / AD
GPS Address
Internet Access
Pattern CD
Phone Numbers
Schedule for the Weekend
Scooter Rental
Show 'N Tell
Silent Auction
Sneak Peek at Classes
Special Needs
Standard Notation
Tat Off!
Tatting Display
Theme for next Tat Days
Toccoa Conference Center
Travel-Avoid Charlotte, NC
Volunteer Opportunities
What to Wear


PICTURES from "Blast from the Past"

NEXT Tat Days will be September 6-7, 2013. "Tatting Takes Wing"

We are SO EXCITED! Here is our list of WONDERFUL teachers for 2013!

Anitra Stone Sally Biggers
Donna Thompson Sandra Elchelberger
Erin Holloway Sharren Morgan
Kaye Judt Shawna Wachs
Nina Libin Tonya Smith
Randy Houtz Vicki Clarke
Riet Surtel-Smeulders  

SCHOLARSHIP Fundraiser for 2013 : Georgia Seitz has put together another WONDERFUL project as a fund raiser for our 2013 Tat Days! Here is a link to the information. Any help is appreciated! One dragonfly or many!

Thank YOU for all the Teacher Applications for 2013! Excited to see your ideas!

Tat Days Volunteers for 2013 -Sign-up here:

Tat Days Silent Auction Donations for 2013 -Sign-up here:

To use these sign-up options, you will need to create an account and login.

VENDOR for Tat Days 2013: We are excited about having the Tatting Corner/Zig Zag Corner as our vendor in 2013. You can sign-up for their Newsletter at their site.

 THANK YOU to ALL who helped with Tat Days by preparing, working, volunteering, attending and having FUN!

A HUGE THANK YOU goes out to the Southern Belles of Tennessee! They support us in so many ways! This year, among other things, created our Welcome/Goodie Bags and they have requested that instead of being paid for their expenses, we donate that $200 to our Scholarship Fund! So GENEROUS! Thank YOU ALL!


If you missed the LIVE feed from Tat Days of our Tat Off! competitions on Friday evening, you can find it here
NOTE: There will be ads, sorry.

Things you might want to BRING:
Hair dryer, shampoo and other personal toiletry items. Bar soap, towels and linens provided.
Rolling cart to move from classroom to classroom-small suitcase, craft box on wheels, folding crate that rolls.
Sweater or battery operated fan-depends on you.
Water bottle with a lid.

PREP for classes is UP! Class Images and Prep

Meet the Teachers page has been updated!

YES! We will have a WONDERUFL Vendor! Darrelene Skaggs of Tatter Tails Needlework , Portland, OH, is coming and she will have TONS of things-books, thread, shuttles, thread, tools, thread, etc.


There will be a display of Gina Brummett's work at Tat Days!

Shuttle Testing Round Robins: Saturday 10:45 to 11:45. Drop-in to the gathering room for a great time trying out some new and different types of shuttles and threads.

EXCHANGE TABLE: Bring items tatters enjoy that you no longer need or of which you have too many. Friday-Leave an item, take an item. Saturday-Take all you will use.

Class Schedule (If link does not work in Internet Explorer, try a different browser like Mozilla Firefox.)

Registration-Online registration is closed. You may still come. Email Melinda, our and let us know you intentions so we can save you a spot. See you soon!

Commemorative Shuttles: All in Vending. Shop Early!
Georgia will be selling Richard's great shuttles. Probably $10 to $15.
The Shuttle Shop will have 2 for us-PTG and 10th Anniversary. It will be the LAST of the Shuttle Shop shuttles. Probably $35 or $40 each.

Class Projects

Class Schedule (PDF)

Level 1: knowledgeable and proficient with rings, chains, and joins.
Level 2: knowledgeable and proficient with split rings and block tatting and comfortable working with beads. Ready to learn SCMR and Split Chains.
Level 3: mastery of all the above skills and ready to try new techniques and creative tatting.
ALL Levels. FUN for everyone!

We are very excited to about our slate of International 2012 teachers!

Katharine Buckner (South Carolina) Sharren Morgan (South Carolina)
Jane Eborall (U.K.) Georgia Seitz (Illinois)
Sandra Eichelberger (Georgia) Karey Solomon (New York)
Martha Ess (North Carolina) Anitra Stone (North Carolina)
Erin Holloway (Tennessee) Riet Surtel-Smuelders (The Netherlands)
Kaye Judt (Indiana) Shawna Wachs (Kentucky)
Nina Libin (New York)  

Display of Tatting -"Eye Candy" says Martha Ess: We ARE going to have a tatting display this year so attendees can show off their handy work. BRING YOUR WORK! We will need volunteers to watch it for an hour or so anytime our main gathering room is open. Some of our spouses are probably willing to help watch it. Write Donna at if you would like to be in charge or help with this endeavor. We will have a sign-up sheet near the display area for times to watch it. THANKS!

Best in Show with a prize of

Best in Theme "Blast from the Past" with a prize of 3 past Tat Days Pattern CD's of their choice.

Most Creative Use Of Color with a prize of Karen Bovard's NEW book.

Most Unique or Unusual Use of Tatting
with a prize of GR-8 Shuttle.

What is Tat Days? One tatter writes: "I am so excited I can hardly STAND it! ;-) You'd think I was 5 years old and waiting for Christmas, my birthday, and a trip to the circus, all rolled into one. ;-)"
Tat Days is a time for all level tatters (tried it a little to advanced) to come together and tat ("art of making lace") for 48 hours. Well maybe only 45; we do sleep a little! There will be a variety of 1.5 to 3 hour classes to select from with various items being created and new techniques being learned. There will be lots of time to chat and learn from other tatters. Show 'N Tell will be exciting as folks bring out works of art they have created. And of course fun, games, and good food. Meet back up with old friends and make new ones. Find out you no longer need to keep tatting by yourself in your closet because there are tatters all across the globe. Tatting started out as an edging on sheets and clothing. It is much, much more than that now. As you scroll down this page and browse our site, you will see many examples of tatted lace. Or take a look at our About Us page. Enjoy!

Sample Pictures of Tatting from Past Tat Days Classes

FLYER / AD Cards: Feel free to print and distribute these. Be sure to ask permission before placing in a craft store or other public location. The Flyer is a full page advertisement for our Tat Days and includes a QR-Code for scanning with mobile devices like smart phones and tablets. It gives the scanner a quick way to get to our web page. The AD Cards are small items that can be left as a stack in a store that allows it or given to friends. Thanks for helping to spread the word.

Estimated Costs-Click here for several configurations.
Early Registration for classes: Friday=$45, Saturday$=45, Friday AND Saturday=$75
Late (After August 14) Fees: Friday=$50, Saturday$=50, Friday AND Saturday=$85
(We will prepare class packets and many other items for Tat Days on Aug 18 which means early registrations really help us out. Thanks.)
Thanks to the generosity of tatters through the years, we are able this year to lower the cost per night by $5 and we will cover $6.67 per person for the Banquet making it $10.50.
Commuter Fee: $10. A person that does not spend at least one night at the conference center in the hotel. (Toccoa charges us $22.)
Optional: Class Kits. Tee Shirt=$15. Polo Shirt=$25. Pattern CD with registration and at Tat Days=$10.
Bring extra funds for Shopping, Silent Auction, and Friday Night Auction. The 2 auctions benefit our Scholarship Fund. Shopping benefits the Guild's General Fund to make Tat Days and State Fair happen.

Donations to our Tat Days Scholarship Fund may be made here:

We have a very generous tatting community which allows us to offer a few scholarships to our Tat Days. If you would like to apply for a full or partial scholarship for Tat Days 2012, just complete this application. WORD or PDF We must receive it in our email box at or our PO Box on or before August 6.

SHIRTS: We are planning on doing a t-shirt ($15) and a polo shirt (25) this year. You will be able to order either or both with registration. The t-shirt may have a small logo like on our denim shirts on the front and our 9 logos from past years on the back. The polo shirt will have an embroidered logo on the front similar to that of our denim shirt with 10th Anniversary on it.

462 Sonrise Way Toccoa, GA  30577-Georgia Baptist Conference Center
This address does work at If you have a fairly new GPS or recently updated, it should find it, too. Or you can go to their website at and click on the Driving Directions link on the left. If your GPS does not recognize this address, just get to Toccoa, GA. Once you get to Toccoa, you should be able to ask anyone in town and they should be able to point you in the correct direction. This Center has been there for over 40 years. If you get lost, call the conference center at 706-886-3133 or call Donna at 803-338-1384. Put these numbers in your cell phone.
Pictures of Location

Other Lodging Options
Camping at the conference center is available-tent or RV. $21 for the camp site and facilities (showers, restrooms, hook-up). Then there will be a $10 commuter fee for tatters + $8 per meal if eating in the cafeteria. Call the Georgia Baptist Convention Center at 706-886-3133 to sign-up for a spot and pay the $21 for the camping spot. They will ask for arrival and departure dates, number of people and that you are with the Palmetto Tatters. All tatters can sign-up for meals through our Tat Days registration and pay the commuter fee. Thanks!

Simmons-Bond Inn, a Bed and Breakfast
130 Tugalo Street West, Toccoa, GA 30577
Local Phone: 706-282-5183, Toll Free: 877-658-0746
Fax: 866-862-7627

Cancellation policy
All cancellations must be in writing, either by email to Melinda at, 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 6, 2012. For cancellation notices received from Aug 7 through Sep 5, all paid fees, excluding half of the registration fee, will be refunded. After Sep 5, refunds will depend on charges from conference center. Commemorative items, tee-shirt, pattern CD and class kits are not refundable. These items will be mailed following the conclusion of Tat Days.

Banquet Decorating Volunteers 2012: THANK YOU! All tables have been claimed! See more info here. Can't wait to see all the creative ideas! And remember, it is not a competition. Just FUN!

Some will dress up for the Banquet. We will have great food, fun and fellowship! Do join us for just $10.50. (The Guild is supplementing the rest of the cost this year.)

Short stories-Favorite Memory from previous Tat Days: Do you have a favorite memory you would like to have shared at the banquet? Send it to Donna T. at

After the Banquet, there will be the drawing for the Quilts and a few more auctions! Come ready to bid and have FUN watching the FAST ACTION!

Volunteer Opportunities
If you would like to volunteer for anything Tat Days, small or large, PLEASE write Donna at THANK YOU to all that have already volunteered! We cannot put on our Tat Days without you!

Silent Auction Items
If you would like to donate items that tatters would enjoy to our Silent Auction for Tat Days, please email Katharine at THANK YOU to ALL who have contributed so generously in the past to make this such a successful endeavor for raising scholarship funds.

Pattern CD
A CD with all of the patterns from Tat Days 2012 will be available through registration for attendees of Tat Days or purchased in vending for $10. For all those not attending Tat Days, please be patient with us. We will get the link for this CD on the website as quickly as possible after Tat Days. The cost then will be $15 plus postage.

TENTATIVE Weekend Schedule Very close to being finished.

Tat Off! patterns HERE for you to PRACTICE! smile
ADDED 2 Person Tatting pattern. 3 Categories: Fastest Tatter (any thread, shuttle or needle), Best Tatting Blindfolded, Fastest 2 Person Tatting.

If you are a brand new tatter (if you want to learn to tat), we will have someone available on Friday at 1:30 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. Or see if there is a Palm Frond near you.

Special Needs
Please write Melinda at if you have a special need pertaining to a room. All rooms are accessible by elevator. There are a few rooms on the first floor, the same floor as all of the activities other than dining. There are a few rooms that are specifically designated as Handicap.

Diet, Wheel Chair, or Scooter Rental: Send a note to Pam at if your need pertains to special diet or a wheel chair/scooter rental needs.

What to wear? We are always casual and comfortable. It is a Baptist center so please nothing too far out.  Why not your favorite past Tat Days shirts? Easy to pack!

Cameras are welcome! We will have a few "official" photographers roaming around documenting the event. Just remember, be courteous, when picture taking. Do not let it disturb your classmates and be aware that some tatters may not want their picture taken. Thanks.

Weather: Average High = 85/86 and Average Low=66. Looks like it may be a little cooler and slight chance of rain. Check out for 10-day forecast.

Watch the list of Who's Coming.

Internet Access
If you bring your own laptop, there is wireless internet access in the lobby of the main building next to the dining hall which is down the hill from our meeting and housing building. Also, we will have a laptop for checking email and such for limited times during the day and evening.

Emergency Contact Numbers
Donna Thompson 803-338-1384
Hope Bates 803-292-8535
Georgia Baptist Conference Center 706-886-3133

Containers: We are tatters! We are always collecting containers! If you have any extras, bring them for the exchange table. THANKS!

We are EXCITED about our Vending Room this year. We will post more info here as we are able.

Need a Ride? If you need a ride from a nearby Airport (Atlanta, Greenville/Spartanburg, Columbia, Charlotte) or AmTrak (Toccoa, Atlanta, Greenville, Columbia), ask and we will try to accommodate your needs. No promises but we can see.

Give a Ride? If you are able and willing to give a ride to a tatter from your city or along your route, please let us know.

Write Melinda at

Travel-Avoid Charlotte, NC - HEAVY TRAFFIC Expected
The Democratic National Convention is being held in Charlotte, NC. That is on I-85 at the NC/SC border. If you are attending the convention and then coming our way, great. If not, you may wish to avoid this area. The main events are Sept 3-6. Some may be leaving the 6th, others on the 7th. Expect delays. I-85 may be extra busy from Charlotte to Atlanta as some may be driving to Atlanta to catch a flight. BE SAFE!

The PTG Tat Days Tatting Notation (specifically written for our Tat Days and Pattern CDs)

Questions? Write Donna at

Teachers: Write Katharine and Joanie at

Registration: Write Melinda at

Past Tat Days: 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003

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