Tat Days Teapot and Cup
Tatting by Martha Ess. Theme by Georgia Seitz.
Thank you!

SHIRTS will be Deep Navy with White Tatting and Text.

12th Annual

Tat Days 2014
September 5-6

"Tatting, Tea and Toffee"


Updated January 6, 2015


CALL for Teachers and Logo for 2015


2014 Class Schedule | 2014 Class Projects-Pics and Prep | 2014 Weekend Schedule | 2014 Teachers

Past Tat Days: 2015 | 2013 | 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
Fun with Teapots
GPS Address
Internet Access
Live Auction
Pattern CD
Phone Numbers
Preparation for Classes
Remember to Bring
Saturday Night FUN
Schedule for the Weekend
Scholarship App
Scholarship Fundraisers
Scooter Rental
Show 'N Tell
Silent Auction
Special Needs
Past Pictures
Tat Days Pattern Notation
Tat Off!
Tatting Display-Competion
Theme for next Tat Days
Teapots by Lincoln
Toccoa Conference Center
Volunteer Opportunities
What to Wear


2015 Tat Days will be September 4-5 at Toccoa, GA. "Tatting Angels Among Us"

2014 Tat Days Pictures

2013 Tat Days Pictures

PATTERN CD FOR 2014 is READY! Order Here.


LUNCH on Thursday, Sept 4, 2014: 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 2, please. Thanks.

Tat Off! Pattern here. Who will be the Fastest? Teapot Doodle

Things you might want to BRING:
Provided: Bar soap, 1 white towel per person and linens. (There should be at least one towel change during the weekend.)
Bring: Hair dryer, shampoo and other personal toiletry items. Second towel (not white) if you need more than 1.
Rolling cart (optional) 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 short walk to dining hall.
Money for vending, silent auction, and live auction.
White Elephant Game item. Low value. Fun, silly, nice, tatting, re-gift something, or purchase something in vending. Wrap it and bring out Saturday evening. Some gifts will be fought over! That's the FUN! Loads of laughter!

TAT DAYS REGISTRATION will be available at Tat Days.
To help us better prepare for Tat Days, we have closed the online registration.
You may email Teresa to let her know your intentions so we will be expecting your arrival. Also, please direct registration questions to Teresa, our registrar: registrar@palmettotatters.org

Check the Class Projects page and the Class Schedule BEFORE registering to make the process simpler.
You may also want to read all of the Tat Days page for more details about lodging and costs.

There will be some GRAND items auctioned off at Tat Days,
Friday night after the banquet around 9:00.



The Thread Bears

The story of this LOVELY quilt can be found here on this blog, http://www.thethreadbears.com/blog/

Thank YOU, Southern Belles!


The Story of This BEAUTIFUL Hat

"Last year, my sister-in-law (Tina) and I (Carol) decided we wanted to  make something for the fund-raising efforts at Tat Days this year.  We purchased 4 different colors of the size 3 Lizbeth threads and decided to make a hat.  I would do two rounds and then Tina would do 2.  We just kind'a made up the pattern as we went along.  I'm attaching  pictures of the finished product, and we're pretty tickled with how it turned out."


And we are EXCITED, too!

And my bid is _____!

Scholarship Quilts: There will be 3 quilts in the drawing. Now accepting donations to for our 2015 Scholarship Fund. PLEASE help us SPREAD the word for folks to take a look at our GORGEOUS quilts. Social Media sights like Facebook and Twitter and your blogs can really play a big part in our fundraising for scholarships. Thank you!

Thank you for your early payments. We are asking that you pay by August 8th to guarantee your class selections. This will help us with our budgeting and speed up your registration process upon your arrival at Tat Days. Thank you.

We are SO EXCITED! Here is our list of international teachers!
Be sure to check to see if you have any homework for your classes.



Sally Biggers USA
Victoria Clarke Canada
Jane Eborall UK
Sandra Eichelberger USA
Martha Ess USA
Pam Freck USA
Randy Houtz USA
Nina Libin USA
Sharren S. Morgan USA
Erin Holloway Moseley USA
Georgia Seitz USA
Tonya Smith USA
Karey Solomon USA
Donna Thompson USA
Shawna Wachs USA

FULL list of Class Projects

Key for Success

Jane's Key for Success

Thursday evening. For everybody!

Tat Days Themes-Thank you for all of your suggestions! We have voted. Tat Days 2015 theme will be "Tatting Angels Among Us" submitted by Hope Bates. SAVE the Dates: September 4-5, 2015 (subject to CHANGE).

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

Tat Days 2014 Pattern CD is now online for sale. Thanks for supporting our Guild.
Pattern CDs from Tat Days are $15 + SH.

TAT DAYS REGISTRATION will be available at Tat Days.
To help us better prepare for Tat Days, we have closed the online registration.
You may email Teresa to let her know your intentions so we will be expecting your arrival. Also, please direct registration questions to Teresa, our registrar: registrar@palmettotatters.org

Thank you for paying early. We are asking for full payment by August 8 for planning purposes. If not received by August 8, we cannot guarantee your class selections. This will help us with our budgeting. It will also help speed up your registration process upon your arrival at Tat Days. Thank you for your understanding.
Please no changes to your registration after August 8th. This will help considerably with our preparations.

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

Costs had to go up a little this year to cover PTG's costs. We have not been going up much at all in the past. On average, it will be $10 per person. Thanks for understanding.
Early Registration for classes: Friday=$40, Saturday=$40, Friday AND Saturday=$80
Late (After August 8th) Fees: Friday=$45, Saturday=$45, Friday AND Saturday=$85
Online Registration will close on August 8 and we will prepare class packets and many other items for Tat Days on August 16 which means early registrations and payments really help us out. Thanks.

Lodging: 3 nights + meals will be around $240 per person in a double room. ($300 for a single room) There are 1 night and 2 night options, also.
Banquet =$18 (Our cost from Toccoa.)
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. T-Shirts=$17. Pattern CD with registration and at Tat Days=$10.
In vending you will find PTG Polo Shirts=$25 and PTG Denim Shirts=$25.
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.

Thank you to the generosity of the Tatting Community, we have been able to award several scholarships for our 2014 Tat Days. As our policy states, we have now closed the application process for scholarships.

Look Who is Coming! LINK

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. Where are the 2013 pictures you ask? Well Donna is VERY SLOW. SORRY!

We are SO EXCITED! "Meet our Teachers" here.

Tat Days Volunteers for 2014 - write Donna at tatdays@palmettotatters.org.

VENDOR for Tat Days 2014: We are excited about having the Tatting Corner/Zig Zag Corner as our vendor in 2014. You can sign-up for their Newsletter at their site. http://tattingcorner.com/

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!

COMPETITION: YES! There will be a competition this year for the best works in our tatting display. START TATTING!

Best in Show

Tatting Lace Accessories by Emiko Kitao

Approx. 88 patterns; 64 pages. Includes; 3-Dimensional flowers, several small 3-dimensional shapes, several necklaces, ear rings, bracelets, hair accessories and more. Japanese Text Patterns are diagrammed. (Donated by Handy Hands-hhtatting.com)

Book Review

Best in Theme

Tea is for Tatting by Martha Ess

Approx. 19 patterns and 36 pages. Patterns includes: One 3-D teapot and several flat teapots, creamers, cups and sugar bowl. There are 10 teapots including a shamrock, celtic, Maltese, Country Garden, tiny etc. (Donated by Tatting Corner-http://tattingcorner.com/.)

Most Creative

New Tatting by Tomoko Morimoto


Approx. 22 patterns; 127 pages. Includes; motifs, doilies, bookmarks, headband, choker, pouch cover, shawl, table runner, coasters, etc. This books has the same patterns as her Japanese book. Patterns diagrammed ONLY. (Donated by Handy Hands)

Most Unique or Unusual Use of Tatting

Il Lavoro Chiacchierino

Approx. 27 patterns and 83 pages. Patterns include; insertions, ear rings, hankie edging, doilies, runners, medallions, curtain insertions and more. Italian Text only. (Donated by Georgia Seitz)


TAT OFF! We have a CHALLENGE: Can we get 12
or more to participate in 2014?

Tat Off! Patterns

HERE is the Tat Off! Pattern

PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE! Join the FUN Friday afternoon.

Who will be our "Fastest Tatter"
(any thread, shuttle or needle).

Teapot Doodle

PRIZE for the fastest FLYING SHUTTLES:

Approx. 13 patterns and 36 pages. Patterns are Angels. This book is for needle or shuttle tatters, a Handy Hands publication. Patterns are diagrammed. (Donated by Handy Hands-hhtatting.com)

Book Review

FUN with Teapots. Just had to share this link by Murray Lincoln with all of his teapots with tatting.

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.

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


Class Projects: Pictures, descriptions, skills, techniques, materials and preparation..


Meet Our Teachers will be 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!

Publicity: Help us spread the word on your blogs and tweets. Thanks!

Scholarship Fund Raisers:

2014 Quilts: We will have quilts again this year in our drawing and auctions. THANK YOU to ALL who have been diligently working on these WONDERFUL items!

Donations to our Tat Days Scholarship Fund may be made here: http://www.tatdaysscholarship.info/
Visit the page to see our GORGEOUS quilts!

There will also be a Live Auction Friday evening. Come ready to BID!

Tat Days Silent Auction Donations for 2014 - All proceeds go to our Tat Days Scholarship Fund. If you wish to donate, drop Donna T. a line at tatdays@palmettotatters.org. You can bring the item(s) to Tat Days or ship them to Palmetto Tatters Guild, P.O. Box 1597, Lexington, SC 29071. THANKS!

SHIRTS: Tat Days shirts will be a v-neck tee shirt, navy with white print. We will have our PTG shirts-polos and denim-on sale in vending.

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

There are simple hotel accommodations in Griffith Hotel with meals (most choose this), camping or off campus hotels. See the pictures link above for the hotel on campus and classrooms.

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. You do need to register to attend Tat Day, pay for meals (optional) and pay the commuter fee. Thanks!

A few other possible places are: (I have not stayed at any of these. I have heard the B&B is very nice. Check http://www.tripadvisor.com.)


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 Teresa 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 August 4, 2014. For cancellation notices received from August 5 through September 1, all paid fees, excluding half of the registration fee, will be refunded. After Sep 1, 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: We LOVE our banquet on Friday evenings! Some will dress up for the Banquet (nice "church" clothes). We will have great food, fun and fellowship! Do join us for just $18. (Our cost from Toccoa.)

Friday evening there will be the drawing for the Quilts and some auction items! Come ready to bid and have FUN watching the FAST ACTION!

Tat Days 2015: "Tatting Angels Among Us"

Pattern CD
A CD with all of the patterns from Tat Days 2014 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 Weekend schedule finally posted.

Saturday Night FUN!
Beautiful, simple Origami boxes.

White Elephant Game. Bring an item of low value. It can be fun, silly, nice, tatting, re-gift something, or purchase something in vending. Wrap it and bring it out Saturday evening. Some gifts will be fought over! That's the FUN! Loads of laughter!

If you are a brand new tatter (if you want to learn to tat), we will pair you with someone 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. Or check out some videos. Ours online (under About Us) gives you a simple start and then You Tube has many more.

Special Needs (Info from 2013)
Please write Teresa 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 step over 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, Karrieann 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 Pam at 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?
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.

Internet Access
If you bring your own laptop, there is wireless internet access in some of the lobby areas in the hotel/classroom building and in the lobby of the main building next to the dining hall (a short walk). 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

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)

SAVE THE DATE: Tat Days 2015, September 4-5, Toccoa, GA

Questions? Write Donna at tatdays@palmettotatters.org

Teachers: Write Theresa O. and Melinda at teachers@palmettotatters.org

Registration: Write Teresa W. at registrar@palmettotatters.org

Class Schedule | Class Projects | Weekend Schedule | Teachers

Past Tat Days: 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003

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