Tat Days 2007

Tat Days 2007
September 7 & 8

"Flower Garden"


Registration Closed



August 13, 2007

What is the Palmetto Open Tat Competition?
We welcome your tatting for our competition. You do not have to be attending Tat Days to enter your tatting. Pre-registration of your piece(s) is required by August 12. We ask that you complete the online form and then print it to include with your piece(s). If local, please bring your pieces and entry forms to the August 18 meeting. If MAILING your entries, please do so to arrive in time to GET TO WEST COLUMBIA BY September 5. Or bring them to Tat Days Thursday evening, September 6, between 3:00 and 5:00 and after dinner between 6:30 and 8:00 or Friday morning, September 7, between 8:30 and 11.

General Rules:

  1. Enter in as many categories as you like; only one item per category, please, except where noted.
  2. Complete an entry form online and print it. (Registration is closed. THANK YOU for your entries!) You will need one completed entry form for each category entered. Must complete by August 12 so we will know how many entries to expect.
  3. Mounting and/or framing the work is not required.
    (If works are framed, appropriateness of frame will be considered in judging.)
  4. Due to the volume of entries anticipated, we would like to have all of the local entries either hand delivered to our August 18 meeting or mailed/shipped to Katharine Buckner our Competition Chairperson. (See below for address.) Bring or include entry forms.
  5. All mailed entries must arrive no later than Wednesday, September 5, 2007. Entries may be hand delivered with entry forms Thursday evening, September 6, between 6:30 and 8:00 or Friday morning, September 7, between 8:30 and 11. If you "Walk it in, You must Walk it out" meaning if you hand carry your item in for the Competition, you must pick it up on Saturday evening between 6:30 and 7:00.
  6. Entries will be judged and displayed during Tat Days, Friday and Saturday, September 7 & 8, 2007.
  7. All judges' decisions are final.


  • Youth (up to age 13)
  • Teen (13 thru 18)
  • Adult (19 thru 64)
  • Senior (65 and older)
  • Master (Tat Proficiency, 2 Best of Shows, Ring of Tatters, Lace Guild Advanced Assessment)
  • Professional (Earning $2,000+ (U.S. Dollars) in tatted related income when the piece was completed. Examples: teaching fees, publications, or sales of tatted items.)
Baby Item (bonnet, booties, etc.) Linens embellished w/tatted motifs

Bookmark (up to 3, judged as a set)

Mixed Media (used different materials, not different types of lace)

Butterfly (up to 3, judged as a set) Motif/Medallion (2 of identical pattern required)
Celtic Note Cards / Stationary (set of 6)
Christening Gown Original Pattern (with sample of tatted piece)
Clothing embellished w/tatted motifs Single Piece by More Than One Tatter (round robbin, etc.)
Collar Small Item / Single Motif
Doily Scene or landscape
Edging (attached or unattached) Tatted Table Linens
Fine Thread Work (size 50 or smaller) Three-dimensional Works
Floral or Vegetation Wearable (handbag, shawl, hair bow, vest, etc.)
Holiday Ornament (up to 3, judged as a set) Wedding Apparel & Accessories
Jewelry (earrings, necklace, chatelaine, etc.) Wire Works
Theme: "Flower Garden" (Special ribbon awarded for this category.)
Handmade shuttles and other tatting tools (Form and function will be judged.)
Other (items not in the categories listed above)

Vintage Tatted Items are always WELCOME! Please submit a "competition" form including the history of the piece. Although not judged, these items will be displayed and recorded.

WOW! What a List!
A Category for Anything and Everything Tatted!
And remember the theme category of "Flower Garden"
Please SEND IT IN! Everyone would love to see it!

Special Instructions:

  • Items can be accepted for judging if not previously entered at Palmetto Tat Days.
  • Items judged at a previous Tat Days may be displayed.
  • Entries are expected to be clean for judging and displaying.
  • The judges wish to know: 1) What is the intended use of this piece? 2) Was it tatted just for this Tat Days competition? 3) How many years have you been tatting? Please do not identify yourself in your answers to these questions.
  • Aged vintage items will be displayed.
  • There is no entry fee for judged or displayed items.
  • Under "Tools" on the Entry Form, please specify needle or shuttle for prize purposes.
  • The Palmetto Tatters Guild reserves the right to use photographs of entries for publicity and educational purposes without further permission being sought.
  • We are creating an Online Database of Tatted Pieces. We hope you will allow your pieces to be included.
  • Our photographer will be taking pictures of all items and these pictures will be on the Tat Days Commemorative Picture CD.
  • Contestants must provide return postage. You may put it on the return box or include a check payable to Palmetto Tatters. If insurance is desired on the return trip, be sure to include that amount on the return box or in your check payment. Remember that there will be certificates with ribbons included in your return box so add a tad bit more to the postage for the return trip.
  • If you would like to hand-deliver your piece(s) (especially vintage items) bring them Thursday evening between 6:30 and 8:00 or Friday morning between 8:30 and 11.
  • If entrants want to save postage, they may pick-up their pieces on Saturday evening between 6:30 and 7:00. This will be required for items hand carried in.

To Participate in this Competition:

  • Although we cannot guarantee against all contingencies, The Guild has taken great care to ensure the safety of each item during its exhibition at the Palmetto Tat Days.
  • Entries will be taken directly to the judging room, where they will stay until exhibition. At the end of the exhibit, all items (with their accompanying certificates and ribbons) will be returned by the Competition Committee to the containers in which they were sent. If mailed in, they will be posted by return mail on Monday after Tat Days.

Mailing Entries:

In order to ensure the safe delivery and fast return of your tatted items, we ask that you take the following steps.
1. Select two priority mail containers at your post office.
2. Address the smaller container to the location where you want your piece(s) to be returned and add postage for the return trip, with insurance, if desired (or you may include a check for the return postage).
3. Address the larger container to:

Palmetto Tatters Guild
c/o Katharine Buckner
517 Cedar Field Lane
West Columbia, SC  29170

4. Place inside the smaller container: a) the tatted piece(s), b) with the completed entry form for each piece, and c) a check for RETURN POSTAGE made payable to the Palmetto Tatters (if you did not put the postage on this inside container or if you will not pick up the item on Saturday). Please DO NOT SEAL.
5. Place the small self-addressed container into the larger container, with a label addressed to Palmetto Tatters as noted above and seal this last container.
6. The mail will be opened the day of judging, therefore we will not be able to notify you when your item arrives. If you would like to be notified that your package has arrived safely, please purchase a return receipt request from your postmaster.
7. You may also wish to purchase insurance. If you would like the item returned to you with the same insurance with which it arrived, please include that amount on the smaller return container box or include with your check for the postage. Upon opening, your tatted items - and the container in which they arrive - will be matched to the entry form and carefully tagged to insure their proper return.

You may mail your entries to the Palmetto Tatters Guild membe noted above, beginning as soon as the entry form is available.

You may also use DHL, FedEx (Federal Express), or UPS (United Parcel Service), and mail to the same Palmetto Tatters Guild member above.

Need more info?

Call Katharine at (803) 951-1961 or email Katharine

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