Tatting Takes Wing
Tatting by Dagmar Pezzuto. Theme by Martha Ess.
Thank you!

11th Annual

Tat Days 2013
September 6-7

"Tatting Takes Wing"


Updated January 17, 2014

Past Tat Days: 2014 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003


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
Preparation for Classes
Remember to Bring
Schedule for the Weekend
Scooter Rental
Show 'N Tell
Silent Auction
Sneak Peek at Classes
Special Needs
Tat Days Pattern Notation
Tat Off!
Tatting Display
Theme for next Tat Days
Toccoa Conference Center
Volunteer Opportunities
What to Wear


2013 Tat Days PICTURES

TAT DAYS 2014 - "Tatting, Tea, and Toffee" - September 5-6

Tat Days 2013 Pattern CD is now online for sale. Thanks for supporting our Guild.

Recorded "LIVE" Video from Tat Days! Here is a page of info.

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 tatdays@palmettotatters.org 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


Best in Theme "Tatting Takes Wing "


Most Creative


Most Unique or Unusual Use of Tatting


TAT OFF! WINNERS: Fastest-Stephanie Wilson. Blindfolded-Martha Ess. ALL AMAZING! THANKS to ALL who particpated!
CHALLENGE: Can we get 12 or more next year to participate?

LUNCH on Thursday? Downtown Toccoa. X-Factor/Cornerstone Café at 27 Doyle Street, Toccoa, GA. Noon to 1:30. If you eat with us, you may be asked to help with setup. Email Donna at tatdays@palmettotatters.org for details. RSVP by Tuesday, September 3, please. Thanks.

ALL Class Projects here


Meet Our Teachers here (Updated Aug 22 with Georgia's bio. SORRY Georgia for the delay!)

NEEDED: Tatted snowflakes, any size, for small Christmas tree at Lexington Museum. If you would like to contribute a snowflake, please have it to the Guild by our November 16 meeting-Mail or Bring or Bring to Tat Days. We need about 50. Prefer white but could be other colors. Beads optional. Please include a note as to your location so we can mark each one as to where they "flew" in from. If local and you want it back, include your name. If you do not want it back, a few will be donated to the museum. Most will probably come back to us for our Craft Sell Box. THANK YOU!

Online Registration will closed. You CAN register at Tat Days.

Look Who is Coming!

Tell us what you think of our Palmetto Tat Days, please, here on our wall. [Click link. Double-click on page. Type your short note(s).] Hope it works for everyone.

PICTURES from "Blast from the Past" 2012 Tat Days

Scholarship Form to apply to receive a scholarship to Tat Days 2013, Full or Partial - WORD or PDF

We are SO EXCITED! Here is our list of WONDERFUL teachers for 2013! Another GREAT list! Thank you!
LINK to Meet Our Teachers page.

Anitra Stone (North Carolina) Riet Surtel-Smeulders (The Netherlands)
Donna Thompson (South Carolina/Georgia) Sally Biggers (North Carolina)
Erin Holloway (Tennessee) Sandra Eichelberger (Georgia/South Carolina)
Georgia Seitz (Illinois/Alaska) Sharren Morgan (South Carolina)
Kaye Judt (Indiana) Shawna Wachs (Kentucky)
Nina Libin (New York) Tonya Smith (Georgia)
Randy Houtz (Colorado) Vicki Clarke (Ontario, Canada)

ALL Class Projects here.

Tat Days Volunteers for 2013 - write Donna at tatdays@palmettotatters.org.

Tat Days Silent Auction Donations for 2013 - email Katharine at silentauction@palmettotatters.org. All proceeds go to our Tat Days Scholarship Fund.

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. http://tattingcorner.com/

Be sure to mark on your registration your roommate preference. If you have questions, email Melinda at registrar@palmettotatters.org 

Things you might want to BRING: (update Aug 3)
Provided: Bar soap, 1 towel per person and linens provided.
Bring: Hair dryer, shampoo and other personal toiletry items. Second towel if you need more than 1.
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.
Umbrella or Raincoat for walk to dining hall.

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.


ALL Class Projects here


Meet Our Teachers here

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!

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: Sorry we missed this in 2013 but looking at registration, it looks like YOU spread the word and we have another wonderful group!

Early Registration for classes: Friday=$45, Saturday$=45, Friday AND Saturday=$77
Late (After August 13) Fees: Friday=$50, Saturday$=50, Friday AND Saturday=$87
(We will prepare class packets and many other items for Tat Days on Aug 17 which means early registrations really help us out. Thanks.)
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=$17. 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 our Tat Days and State Fair happen.

Scholarship Fund Raiser:
Donations to our Tat Days Scholarship Fund may be made here:
NEW Pictures added 8/10.

There will also be a Live Auction at the Banquet. Come ready to BID!

We have a very generous tatting community which allows us to offer a few scholarships to come to our Tat Days. If you would like to apply for a full or partial scholarship for Tat Days 2013, just complete this application. WORD or PDF. And email it to scholarship@palmettotatters.org.

SHIRTS: Shirt orders are closed at this time. There will be a few in vending. [We are planning on doing a t-shirt ($17) and a polo shirt ($25) this year. You will be able to order either or both with registration. The t-shirt will have this year's logo on the front. It will be a ladies v-neck sizes S to 3X and a men's crew neck for large 3X to 6X) The ladies v-neck will run fitted. If you like them large, order one size larger. The polo shirt may not be year specific but will have an embroidered logo on the front that matches our denim shirts.] Our denim shirts will be on sale in vending, too.

462 Sonrise Way Toccoa, GA  30577-Georgia Baptist Conference Center
This address does work at maps.google.com. If you have a fairly new GPS or recently updated, it should find it, too. Or you can go to their website at http://mytoccoa.com/home 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 + $8.25 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 to Toccoa. They will ask for arrival and departure dates, number of people and that you are with the Palmetto Tatters. Sign-up for meals through our Tat Days registration and pay the commuter fee. Thanks!

A few other possible places are


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 registrar@palmettotatters.org, 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, 2012. For cancellation notices received from Aug 6 through Sep 4, all paid fees, excluding half of the registration fee, will be refunded. After Sep 4, 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 (updated Aug 24)

Banquet Decorating Volunteers 2013:
Tatting has taken wing-Marie Smith has come through with FLYING Angels. THANKS!
If you had made butterflies, you may get to use them Saturday evening, or we will gladly share them at our State Fair, sell at craft events, or maybe use next year. Or you might save for YOUR quilt square for 2014!

Some will dress up for the Banquet (nice "church" clothes). We will have great food, fun and fellowship! Do join us for just $15. (The Guild will be covering the $2 more that Toccoa will charge us.)

(Updated Aug 24 ) 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! Here are a few pictures of items that will be auctioned off. They will be covered with tatting. There will also be at least 3 books and a penguin wall hanging.

Totes Wall Hangings
Thanks Erin! 43" wide

Donated by the Piedmont Lace Guild of Virginia (Tatting Palm Frond)

First Edition - Donated by Handy Hands

From a generous donor.

From a generous donor.

2014 Quilts: Something to think about:
Would you like to decorate a quilt square for 2014?
All proceeds go to our Tat Days Scholarship Fund. You will be able to select a square to decorate at Tat Days.
2014 theme will be "Tatting, Tea, and Toffee."

Tea Cups
If you adopt a quilt square for next year's quilt, your name will be placed in a drawing for a beautiful, dainty tea cup.


Pattern CD
A CD with all of the patterns from Tat Days 2013 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.

Weekend Schedule - FINALLY! smile (Added Aug 16)

Tat Off! Patterns (updated Aug 24)
Patterns have ARRIVED! Click here for details. PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE! Join the FUN Friday afternoon.
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 have a classa t 1:30 on Friday 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 (updated June 16)
Please write Melinda at registrar@palmettotatters.org 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. They have 2 double beds (like all of the rooms). The bath is very similar as the others except it has a raised commode, railings in the bathroom along the wall, the lip to get into the shower is a much smaller stepover than the other tubs and I believe the counter with the sink is raised a little higher, too.

Tat Days Wheelchairs:
No scooter rentals are available in the area but here are our 3 choices for folks to call ahead and make their arrangements for a wheelchair. There is no delivery for the wheelchair but if more than 1, they will pickup on Monday. Or, Karianne Warr of Toccoa has offered to return a wheelchair on Monday, if there is only one. The pickup and payment will be up to the person renting the wheelchair. All businesses are open Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM except the pharmacy which is open on the weekend. All are for the same price of $20 for the weekend.
Please send a note to specialneeds@palmettotatters.org if you do rent a wheel chair just for our records.

Next to Me Medical Supplies – 706-886-6649
Convalescent Home Equipment – 706-886-8474
Jerry White’s Pharmacy – 706-886-2662

What to wear? (updated June 16)
We are always casual and comfortable. It is a Baptist center so please nothing too far out.  Why not wear your favorite past Tat Days shirts? Easy to pack! You may wish to include a sweater, scarf, or small personal battery operated quiet fan. Raincoat or umbrella may come in handy if it is raining on the way to the dining hall.

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 chance of rain. Check out weather.com for 10-day forecast. For the class rooms, some will bring a sweater and others will bring a fan.

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
Theresa Orren 843-364-2443
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!

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 us at transportation@palmettotatters.org

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

Questions? Write Donna at tatdays@palmettotatters.org

Teachers: Write Katharine at teachers@palmettotatters.org

Registration: Write Melinda at registrar@palmettotatters.org

Past Tat Days: 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003

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