Tat Days 2019 ( )


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On Time: As a courtesy to your teacher and your classmates, please arrive ON TIME to your scheduled classes. If you finish your project early, or would like additional time to visit, shop, or see the tatting display or silent auction items, you may leave any class early. Thank you.

Our distinguished teachers! (In order by first name. Comments always welcome!)


Anita Barry (Virginia)
Bonnie Swank (Virginia)
Donna Thompson (South Carolina)
Erin Holloway Moseley (Tennessee)
Georgia Seitz (Illinois/Alaska)
Jane Eborall (England)
Martha Ess (North Carolina)
Marilyn Jones (Alabama)
Melanie Cervi (California)

Paige Deputy (North Carolina)
Pam Freck (South Carolina)
Phyllis Schmidt (Georgia)
Richard Embrey (Virginia)
Sandra Eichelberger (Georgia/South Carolina)
Sharren Sarver Morgan (South Carolina)
Shawna Wachs (Kentucky)
Stephanie Wilson (North Carolina)
Tonya Smith (Georgia)





Anita Barry (Virginia)


email: anita.bothyfarm@comcast.net

Anita Barry – I Wanna Go Back to Tat Days!
I’ve been a shuttle tatter for 23 years… still learning and exploring.
Born and raised in Belvidere, Illinois, I was enrolled in the Illinois 4-H program and I grew up as a 4-Her. I moved away to attend college at the University of Florida. I now live in northern Virginia with my husband, Paul. Married 26 interesting and adventuresome years, we raised a family and with the help of family and friends started a lavender farm.

I love horses. I love ferrets. Cats and dogs, too. And, I love my family.

I love tatting. It fits in my pocket. It needs no set up, no take down. It’s economical. A few dollars for a shuttle, another few dollars for a ball of thread and away you go!
Tatting is the only fiber art my mother couldn’t figure out. So I am happy to fill the gap for her.

My tatting experiences include: International Organization of Lace, Inc. Proficiency Program for Lacemaking, Tatters Across Time (TAT) Phases 1 & 2 and I’m working on Phase 3, I demonstrate and teach tatting techniques, I enter tatting in fairs and competitions - Not for the ribbons, not for the glory, but, for the memories. And, to ensure tatting is on display!

Tat Days is the Best Time of the Year!
Palmetto Tatters Guild’s Tat Days feels like a fun family reunion and Christmas rolled into one! It’s an energetic, happy, activity-packed, tatting-focused event. Tatting mentors are everywhere! It’s a place where tatters aid, empower and enrich one another. Tat Days is an event worth attending year after year!

Bonnie Swank (Virginia)

email: swankmb@verizon.net


Originally from Beaver Falls, PA I currently live in Manassas, VA. Manassas is a town steeped in Civil War history. I have been interested in crafts my entire life and learned cross stitch and crewel from my grandmother. I taught myself to tat from Barbara Fosters Needle Tatting Books 1 & 2 that my mother-in-law bought me at a church rummage sale. I had never heard of tatting before but it soon became my obsession! I heard from my aunt that my grandmother used to tat and mourned the years I could have been knotting lace with her!

In addition to needle tatting I learned shuttle tatting, teneriffe lace and am currently learning bobbin lace and netted lace- but needle tatting remains my true love! I have won multiple blue/red ribbons at county and state fairs in addition to a Judge’s Choice Award and the Anna W. Troyer Award. I teach and/or demonstrate tatting at local yarn stores, our senior center, civil war/living history events (in costume using period shuttles of course), the county fair, libraries, elementary schools, and even at the Smithsonian Museum of American History!

One of the true joys of my life has been meeting Nina Libin at Tat Days and being blessed in test tatting and working with her in bringing her true vision of BEANILE lace to needle tatters, for which she graciously gave me coauthor credit for Lace of Beads #21 Essential Bead Tatting Part III-2/Symmetrical Beaded Split Rings. I am a member of the Piedmont Lace Guild of VA, the Chesapeake Region Lace Guild, and IOLI. I am currently working on the Apprentice -Phase I of the Tatters Across Time Proficiency Program (YES, they will accept a needle tatted entry!).

Donna Thompson (South Carolina)
email: createwithdonna@gmail.com


I just retired from teaching teachers how to utilize technology in the classroom to help better engage their students in learning. I love to teach! Whether teaching technology or tatting, I love to laugh so be assured if you are in my class, we will have fun! I am very easy going and there will be plenty of time for questions. I really enjoy teaching at Tat Days and I am looking forward to this year!

At our SC State Fair, I have won several blue ribbons for my tatting. I even won the PTG “Best Double Stitches and Picots” blue ribbon in 2009. That was exciting!
Also, I helped produce our PTG Tatting Hands video with lots of help from Jeff (my dear husband), Georgia Seitz (our narrator), and the 34 tatters that let us film their hands tatting 34 different ways. See a preview at http://www.palmettotatters.org/fundraisers/TattingHandsSample100K.wmv.

From 2010 to 2012, I was honored to be your PTG President and I have been Tat Days Chair for quite a while! Feel free to send comments to me - tatdays@palmettotatters.org
Looking forward to seeing ALL of you!

Erin Holloway Moseley (Tennessee)


email: tataconic@bellsouth.net

I was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee. I’ve had a love affair with thread and yarn my entire life. I’ve left behind a trail of thread crumbs and yarnage measuring in the miles by now. Granny taught me to crochet when I was wee little, then I picked up embroidery and knitting. The Real Craft Renaissance began when I discovered the “how-to” book section in the library when I was about 9 years old. Oh, my poor parents, how they suffered.
I taught myself to tat from the Coats and Clark Learn How Book Granny gave me when I was eleven. I was the lone tatting survivor preserving the ancient lost art of tatting for the rest of mankind until I met up with the internet tatting community around 1998 or 1999. I had my first face-to-face meeting with a tatter in 2001. My how my skills have grown since then. Now in retirement I’m loving that I have more time to design and play with techniques – some new and some old.
I have attended all but the very first Palmetto Tat Days and have had the honor of being an aide and teacher at several of the events. Every year I have the good fortune to reconnect with dear friends, as well as make new ones. Tat Days is truly one of the highlights I anticipate every year.

Martha Ess (North Carolina)


email: essm@bellsouth.net


I have always been interested in many forms of needle work, and while growing up I learned as many as I could -- crochet, knitting, embroidery, etc., but I had never even heard of tatting until 1976. Armed with two library books and some supplies from Woolworths, I managed to learn how. It was fun and different. I carried shuttles with me everywhere that summer.


As years went by, I would tat off and on, alternating it with my other crafts. There was not a wide variety of patterns available to me then, so I began to make up my own, and early on sold two patterns to Workbasket.


Since then, I have self published 9 tatting pattern books: New Critters on the Block, Tat’s Amoré, Holidays on the Block, Tea is for Tatting, More Critters on the Block, Playing with Picots, Flights of Fantasy¸ A Flight of Angels, and Toys for Tatting.


I have been honored to have been chosen to teach many times at Palmetto TatDays, and three times at the Finger Lakes Tatting Convention (Hector, NY).

Paige Deputy (North Carolina)


email: paigedeputy@gmail.com

I was always interested in the arts, from ceramics to music, to fiber arts. After moving to NC and taking a class on weaving, I discovered tatting from my mother who was learning it at the senior center. I have been tatting for 7 years now and learned how to shuttle tat five years ago from Sue Miller.

This is my second year teaching at Tat Days. Outside of tatting, I have a degree in Interior Design and am currently working for a residential drafting group. My webpage is www.paigedeputydesigns.com which houses an overview of everything I have done for school and personal projects.


Phyllis Schmidt (Georgia)


email: temp20003@yahoo.com

Phyllis Schmidt

I learned basic tatting and a couple of edgings 50+ years ago from my Grandmother.  My knowledge increased by purchasing my first tatting book with more complex patterns.

After taking time for family and work, my daughter introduced me back into the tatting world in 2011.  This has been a great opportunity to learn many new techniques and tips from the many teachers, blogs, online classes and Facebook groups.

I have attended the last five Tat Days with my first year teaching in 2015.
Tatting is usually carried with me so when I have down time, I am ready to tat.  Small motifs are carried with me so I can give them away to children and/or adults who are interested in this craft.

My blog is: http://phyls-handwork.blogspot.com/

Sharren Morgan (South Carolina)


email: greenwoodtatter@yahoo.com

I have been tatting now for about 30 years, but it took me 20 years to find someone to teach me how to tat!  I learned the very basics – the double stitch, rings, and chains.  No mention was made of adding thread if (when) you ran out, or what to do with those pesky ends when (if) you finished your project! 


I have taught at several Palmetto Tat Days as well as at the monthly gatherings.  I still teach privately as well.


I never leave the house without at least one loaded shuttle (and frequently, five or six) as I never know when inspiration might strike. 


Shawna Wachs (Kentucky)


email: Shawna.wachs@gmail.com

I started tatting about 25 years ago mostly as a self-taught tatter.  Since then, I’ve enjoyed many learning experiences.  I once took a class where I was the only student.  My Tat Days instructors have helped me tremendously and tatting is now my official favorite pastime. 


I have been honored and have enjoyed the opportunity to teach at Tat Days for the last several years. I also had the wonderful opportunity to teach at the Finger Lakes Tatting Conference in April of this year.  I enjoy entering items in the local County Fair and State Fair and have won many ribbons over the years.


Married for over 30 years, 3 children, two granddaughters and one grandson. 


Besides tatting I enjoy quilting, sewing and some scrap booking.  I have a degree in Data Processing, substitute teach for special education classes, help with a Special Olympics swim team, and in my spare time I am a stay-at-home Mom.


I have attended 11 Tat Days events, and love being here and rubbing shoulders with such wonderfully talented and friendly people.

Stephanie Wilson (North Carolina)


email: trompeter914@hotmail.com

Mom taught me to knit and embroider when I was about 7.  She tried to teach me to crochet, but since she is left handed, and I was unable to reverse the process to learn to do it with my right hand, I didn't learn to crochet until much later.  I learned to sew when I was very small and thought dolls were invented primarily so I would have something for which to sew doll clothes.  Play with them?  Not me - I was too busy sewing for them.  I had no idea what tatting was until I got married.  My mother-in-law showed me two of her old 10-cent pattern booklets for doilies, and told me to chose the one I liked best, and she'd help me crochet it.  After examing the entire booklet thoroughly, I picked the most beautiful one.  She said, "Oh, honey, that's tatted, I can't help you with that one.  Pick another one."  So I went back and deliberated over all the other patterns in the book and picked - you guessed it - the only other tatted doily in the book.  She said, "Oh, honey, that's tatted, I can't help you with that one."  Then she handed me the other booklet and told me to pick one from that book instead.  Naturally I chose the two tatted ones.  Finally she just gave me the booklets.  That started me on a hunt for tatting - a shuttle, thread, patterns, and someone (or a book) to teach me.  It took 11 years to find a teacher and a shop that sold all the things I'd need.  In 1986, FINALLY I learned to tat.  The shop owner, Evelyn Caugh, patiently sat down with me one afternoon and worked with me until I could produce a ring that would (only occasionally) close.  I went home to practice obsessively for a week, then showed up for another lesson:  how to use a second thread.  I learned chains that day.  At the end of the afternoon, she told me now I could tat almost anything.  She closed her shop and moved away (I heard it was to live closer to her grown children) soon after I learned to tat.  I thought I was one of the only two tatters left in the world, and annoyed everyone I knew, trying to teach them all to tat, thinking that I was the only one left who could prevent tatting from dying out.  With the coming of the Internet, eventually  I discovered Georgia Seitz and the online tatting world.  What an exciting day that was!  I tat almost every day, at home and in public.  I rarely leave home without some tatting in my pocket.

In 1975 I was awarded a Bachelor's degree (Lenoir Rhyne College) in music performance.  Went back to school (UNCG) much later and earned a Master's degree (1999) in music composition.

I don't have my own web site, but my e-mail address is trompeter914@hotmail.com.  I live in western North Carolina, and have been married since 1975.  My sweetheart has learned to live with bits of thread hanging from every waste basket and has learned to ignore the constant clicking produced by my shuttle.  He puts up with being surrounded by bins and bins of thread, shuttles, and - as of the last few years - beads. 


My first time at Tat Days was in 2008.  I start getting excited about Tat Days as I am leaving to go home from the 'current' one.  That excitement spills over and gets wilder as it nears the time to register for the NEXT Tat Days.  I suspect that my husband makes sure I can attend each year just so he and the rest of the family can get a break from my tatting craziness for a few days each year.  I love it!

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On Time: As a courtesy to your teacher and your classmates, please arrive ON TIME to your scheduled classes. If you finish your project early, or would like additional time to visit, shop, or see the silent auction items, you may leave any class early.