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2008 Tat Days Teachers

"Le Tatting est dans Mon Coeur"
("Tatting is in My Heart")

September 5-6


September 3, 2008

list of International Teachers!

Karen Bovard

Karen considers herself a fiber artist and learned to tat as a teen from her grandmother in rural Nebraska. In the past 15 years, she has developed her own tatting patterns and designs and hopes to publish her first tatting book very soon.

Martha Ess



When my mother was a little bitty girl, her grandmother showed her an ivory shuttle and told her she could have it if she learned how to tat. Well, she didn't learn. Many years passed until one summer when I was home from college, my mother pointed out the trim on a lady's collar and said I could probably learn to do that since I had already picked up crochet, knitting, and assorted other crafts. I had never heard the word "tatting" before, much less seen any, but I found some books at the public library and a metal shuttle at Woolworths and eventually I got the hang of it.

I dabbled with tatting off and on over the years, including having a few of my patterns accepted by Workbasket magazine. Still, it was just one craft among several that I would take turns doing. The turning point came around 2000, when I was ready to take up tatting again, and about the same time decided to check out that Internet thing everyone was talking about. All of a sudden, there were people to talk to about tatting with such interesting ideas to share and techniques I had never heard of before. Tatting had become exciting. I took up designing again, posted patterns online, and published my own book. Another high point was attending the original Palmetto Tat Days in 2003. For the first time in my life I was in the actual presence of someone else (lots of someones!) who was tatting. It was so much fun that I attend each year that I can, "real world" permitting. I have been honored to be chosen to teach there in 2006 and 2007.

Postscript: My aunt has given me an ivory-colored pumpkin seed shuttle that she found in the old family farmhouse. I like to think it is the same one my great grandmother had all those years ago. and 

Sheron Goldin


I don’t remember seeing tatting or seeing anyone tatting when I was growing up but there was a Lydia Pinkham shuttle in the box with all the knitting needles and crochet hooks (yes I have it now). At some point I picked up a Boye metal shuttle and kept on trying to learn to use it. (It got put in time out many a time and did participate in the shuttle toss several times when all I got was a set of knots that did not slide!) I didn’t know anyone who tatted and the books I found didn’t help much. Then in 1992 I found Cathy Bryant’s book “Tatting.” It had diagrams with two colors. I got it, it flipped and the stitches slipped! I played around but didn’t really do anything with it. Sometime in 2001 I knitted some baby items and didn’t have anything to do with them. A member of the knitting guild gave me S. Joy’s name and phone number saying she collected items for Newborns in Need. When I called her she told me she would be at the library that Saturday for a tatting guild meeting. I went to that meeting and have been a member of Palmetto’s ever since.

I enjoy learning new ways to do things, and sharing what I have learned. These classes came about because Mark Myers asked on one of the Tatting lists if anyone knew how to use a double bobbin shuttle. I had a couple but didn’t really do anything with it up to that point. I had gotten a brief “how to” with the Pelc shuttle I had gotten but, like many, didn’t find patterns for it. After Mark’s question I tried to ‘think out of the box’ and realized I didn’t need special patterns for this – it’s a tool, like a regular shuttle or a tatting needle, not a technique, and I could use this tool with any pattern I can do with a needle or a shuttle. I did sit down with Mark and show him what I had learned. Then I did a class on using this tool for the on line class and am continuing to share uses for this tool with others.

I have taught several classes in Georgia’s On Line Class and contributed patterns to the book Migrating Butterflys.

I enjoy collecting the older patterns. But I am not greedy – I share all that I find, or that are shared with me, with the world, both via the Public Domain Tatting Archive, housed on Georgia Seitz’s website, and The Antique Pattern Library. I enjoy the challenge of reading the old style patterns and putting them into modern notation. Do you have a any Public Domain Tatting books not yet in the Archive? If yes, I would like a scan of it so it can be added. Remember “Only YOU can preserve our Tatting Heritage” to paraphrase Smokey Bear.

Nina Libin



My name is Nina G. Libin. I was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, so my first language is Russian.

I have been designing BEANILE jewelry since 1985. I have been teaching tatting (all levels) and Beanile Lace since 1988 in Russia and since 1993 in New York City and other places world wide.

In 1988 I started publishing magazine articles on bead tatting. My first book "Tatted Lace of Beads, the Techniques of BEANILE Lace" was published by LACIS in 1998. In 2003 I started a periodical called "Lace of Beads".

I learned to crochet and knit at age seven. Started sewing at age twenty. But only in the mid-forties did I discover simultaneously tatting and beads. In 1982, while taking a workshop in Russian bobbin lace, I heard someone mention frivolité, - a mysterious name for a totally unknown needlework, which that lady learned from her grandmother or an elderly friend. Then and there we (about 10 enthusiastic women) decided to revive it!

For resources we had: 1) A very bad photocopy of a few pages on tatting from a 1902 book (it appeared to be a Russian version of Thrésé de Dillmont's Encyclopedia of Needlework), 2) a variety of cotton and linen thread, and 3) NO shuttles, - my first one I made myself out of a plastic ruler.

Reviving frivolité was a challenge and great fun. The participants of that group became the first tatting instructors in Leningrad and Moscow.

The process included: 1) learning tatting hands, 2) digging out all sorts of related information, 3) adapting old and designing new patterns, 4) developing courses and teaching, and 5) writing articles, instructions, and books on the subject.

I am primarily a shuttle tatter but I also do a lot of finger tatting, needle tatting and I cro-tat occasionally.

Sharren Morgan



Needlework has always fascinated me, from the time I received my first little embroidery kit at the ripe old age of 6. Over the next several years I branched out into other needle arts, including knitting and crocheting. It was on a trip to Kresge's, a five-and-dime store chain, that I saw my first tatting shuttle. I knew that "tat" meant "to make lace;" all the crossword puzzles said so, and why would they lie? I made a snap decision and bought the shuttle – a metal Boye with removable metal bobbin. Too bad I didn't know how to use it! I spent the next 20 years working in different needle arts, and every so often I would try to find someone who could teach me how to tat. In the late 1980s, I succeeded, and Learned To Tat in Six Easy Lessons.

I have gone beyond those initial Six Easy Lessons, but it took me 10 years to take the next step! In 1998, thanks to Teri Dusenbury's book Tatting Butterflies, I learned split rings. I found the Palmetto Tatters in 2001, and in talking with fellow tatters, became inspired to search the Internet for as much information on tatting as I could find. Split chains was the next step, and after that, tatting square rings.

I am a self-taught needle tatter; making lace with the tatting needle is something I really enjoy, and I design as much with the needle as I do with the shuttle.

I have taught at the two previous Tat Days as well as in regular meetings of the Palmetto Tatters Guild. I enjoy working with students who are comfortable with the basics and ready to branch out. I love it when someone shows me something she/he tatted from one of my designs!

My work has been published on the Palmetto Tatters Guild website, in the Butterflies Migrating book we published several years ago, and on the Tat Days Pattern CDs. I hope to “someday” publish a book of my patterns.

Abby Small


I started tatting in 1978 after my grandmother had given me my great grandmother's tatting shuttle, a 1917 Butler Bros. Celluliod Shuttle. I did have the privilage of witnessing one tatter, she tried to show me but it didn't make any sense, since I was left handed and she was right handed, she had me sit across from her and that created ??????. So later I figured it out by myself learning right handed ,for all the directions I had were for right handed tatters. I tatted alone until 1996 when I was asked to teach at a near by college. After that a few of us would get together and tat several times a month. In the late 90's I developed carpal tunnel syndrome in my left wrist from my job. I could still make rings OK but chains would set off the CTS and it would be very very painful. I prayed, then awhile later I saw a piece on TV where this young person had use of one hand but manage to complete projects just like the other young people and did it well. I thought if this person can figure it out so can I, but how? A short time later it came to me, what if I make my chains tatting left handed, (awkward at first), so I did and it worked. What a releif! I also discovered when I tat my rings right handed and tat my chains left handed that my tatting is all front side.

In 2002, I joined PTG after I met Joy Critchfield in Canada for the Certified Tatting Teacher Phase-In part of the program. 2003, our local group became the Seaside Tatters and I also received my Certified Tatting Teacher certificate from the Great Lakes Lace Group, I went on to complete the 3 phases of the Tatters Across Time Proficiency Program and received my TAT Master in 2006. At the Palmetto Tatters Guild Tat Days Competition I've won several blue ribbons and Judges Choice in 2006, Best of Show with a WOW Factor, and Best of Theme with a WOW Factor in 2007.

Anitra Stone


I’ve been tatting since 1/1/1980 – it’s one of the few New Year’s resolutions I’ve kept! I wanted to learn to tat in order to make the lace edging for my wedding veil, which I did & still have, even though the marriage ended a few years later.

I started teaching my friends & fellow students to tat sometime in 1981. I taught tatting as a continuing education course through Wake Technical Community College for ~2.5 years in the early 1990’s, and I’ve taught Girl Scout leaders at their Spring Leaderee conferences from 2000 through 2007. I also teach on an individual basis as the need arises.

1984 – 2nd place ribbon – tatted original hot air balloon
1989 – 3rd place ribbon – tatted original snowflake
1995 – 1st place ribbon – tatted collar & cuffs set
2nd place ribbon – tatted original white on white Christmas ornament
1996 – 2nd place ribbon – tatted original rainbow
1997 – 1st place ribbon – tatted baby booties
2000 – 1st place ribbon – tatted baby bonnet
3rd place ribbon – Village of Yesteryear Tatting booth
2001 – Honorable Mention ribbon – Village of Yesteryear Tatting booth
2007 – Village of Yesteryear Female Craftsman of the Year

Published works: The Workbasket Magazine – August 1989 Captain’s Wheel (same as the 1989 snowflake in the awards section). I’m working on a book of patterns, but I don’t know if it will be ready in time for Tat Days.

I’ve been a juried member of the North Carolina State Fair’s Village of Yesteryear since 1999 after being a customer & attendee of the Village since I was a child. The woman who used to demonstrate tatting at the Village was one of my mentors.

Riet Surtel-Smeulders


I was born on the 1st of May in Tilburg, a city in the south of the Netherlands. I learned a lot and that I was a “nice” pupil. You can see in the book Butterflies Migrating.

I started working and still learning when I was 17 years old. At the same time I learned tatting. I did it by myself with a book. I tatted an oval doily for my Moeke (mum) for Mother's Day and that was it. I got a boyfriend and was a scouts leader and my studying took so much time, tatting disappeared in a box and it stayed there until the beginning of the year 2000. Then someone announced that she would start a tatting guild and I thought wooooops somewhere in a box I must still have the shuttles and the book. I found them and started and there was a butterfly. In the same time I got my own pc, didn’t know anything about this thing , but after some weeks, I understood it a little bit and I found the class online. That was A Big Discovery !! There I met a lot of tatters and there were a lot from the south. They tried to learn me the way they speak in SC. We had and still have a great time in those classes.

And the tatting oooooooo that was a total surprise for me with all those new techniques, much more than doilies. I learned so much and in 2003 I was at the first TAT DAY in Columbia, SC.

Now I know a lot more of tatting and am busy with designing. I am also busy with our own guild doing workshops. I have a guild site at I also make and translate patterns for our magazine. And I have taught for Georgia Seitz' Online Classes (see ).

This was what I wrote for you in 2005. There is something more I want to tell you.
As you know I lost my son in November 2005.
I was with you in 2006 and have to say some thing I must say:
THANK YOU, THANK YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The way you treated me in 2006 was so warm and so wonderful I can’t tell you how much it helped me to go on. THANKS!
And then there is as you see in the picture, my Granddaughter-she is so wonderful.
And so I will soon be back in South Carolina, to meet you all again!  

Riet Surtel-Smeulders the B-Engel from Holland
NATA #307

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