Tatting in a Winter Wonderland

Tatting Design by Pam Freck and
Theme by Hope Bates

9th Annual

Tat Days 2011

September 23-24

Toccoa, Georgia USA

"Tatting in a Winter Wonderland"

Meet Our Teachers


Updated August 3, 2011

Sandra Eichelberger

Martha Ess

Sheron Goldin

Erin Holloway

Nina Libin

Sharren Morgan

Georgia Seitz

Abby Small

Riet Surtel-Smeulders

Donna Thompson

Sandra Eichelberger

CLASSES (Updated Aug 6)

email: psychomomtats@gmail.com

I was taught to tat by my grandmother back in the ‘70’s (while I was in high school), and I’ve been tatting ever since. I work in technology and enjoy pottery, crochet, and other needle crafts. Also my cats, giggling, and trying not to kill the horde of male folks who live at my house. And I like to laugh a LOT! In a past life, I got a BA in theater and I worked as a costume designer. I live in metro Atlanta with my husband of 25 years, my 3 sons, and a passel of cats. You may be more familiar with me as The Crazy Mom, from my blog Crazy Mom Tats!, where I discuss tatting, my life and work, and all those men folk at home (AKA DH and the Stooges). Some of my tatting has special decoration – cat hairs….

I’ve gone to Palmetto Tat Days since 2007 and loved every conference. It’s so much fun to be with everyone and learn new things. And tatters are the best!

I’m mostly a tatter of bookmarks, edgings, and jewelry. I’m working on a book of tatted jewelry now.

And while I live in Hotlanta, I’m a Palmetto gal! I was born in Anderson, SC and am related to half of Anderson County….


Martha Ess


email: essm@bellsouth.net

I think I was born with a fascination with string. I once asked for yarn for Christmas before I had learned any kind of needlework. As I grew up, I took up crochet, knitting, and embroidery, but I had never even heard of tatting until the summer after my first year of college. 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 sometimes I would make up my own, and sold two to Workbasket. My interest in tatting soared after my entry into the internet. Now, at last, there were other tatters to talk to, and an undreamed of variety of patterns and techniques.

Since then, I have self published 5 tatting pattern books: New Critters on the Block, Tat’s Amoré, Holidays on the Block, Tea is for Tatting, and More Critters on the Block. I have been honored to be chosen to teach at Palmetto TatDays 2006-2010, and at the Finger Lakes Tatting Convention (Hector, NY) in 2008 and 2009.



Sheron Goldin


email: sherongb@yahoo.com


I have been tatting for about 20 years now, having learned from a book. I have taught at a past Palmetto’s Tat Days as well as at Hector’s Tat Days and Georgia Seitz’s OnLine Tatting class. I wrote the book ‘Tatting With The Double Bobbin Shuttle Made Easy’ after realizing that there were many of these shuttles lying around in drawers because no one knew how to use them.

Erin Holloway


email: tataconic@bellsouth.net

I was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, in 1957, and I’m still living within 2 miles of where I was born and raised. I work at the University of Tennessee as an IT Administrator for the libraries. I work in a Dilbert-type cube, but I do have a window where I can see the mountains on a clear day. I’m a true hillbilly.

I’ve had a love affair with thread and yarn my entire life. One of my earliest memories is sewing my first doll dress while seated in my grandmother’s lap when I was about four years old. Needless to say, that was some doll dress (not). Granny taught me to crochet, 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 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.

I’ve had the wonderful good fortune to teach at Tat Days several times. I will always treasure my memories and experiences of each Tat Days.

I can always depend on my handwork (especially tatting) to take me to a pleasant place. Tatting brings me joy. I tat therefore I am. It is indeed a pleasure to find others with which to share tatting.
I’m enamored with many things that rhyme with “tats”…cats, hats and fats (especially chocolate). Of course, I’m not so fond of gnats or brats. Heh.

Nina Libin


email: nina.libin@gmail.com

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

I have been designing BEANILE jewelry since 1985, and teaching Beaded Lace and tatting (all levels) since late 1980s. The teaching experience includes classes/workshops at Conventions (IOLI and BEAD & BUTTON) and Annual Tat Days for various tatting guilds and groups in US and England.

There are a few of my articles on bead tatting in LACE and Bead & BUTTON Magazines, and IOLI Bulletin.

My first book "Tatted Lace of Beads, the Techniques of BEANILE Lace" (a text book for bead tatting techniques) was published by LACIS in 1998. Now the book is out of print, so I have converted the original text into .pdf format, and it is available on CD and in downloadable version. There are 17 titles of "Lace of Beads" periodicals:
Jeweled Strips; Ornamental Miniatures; BEANILE Lace in Book Art; BEANILE Lace in Costume & Accessories; Exploring ANKARS & BEANILE Techniques;
Practice in Design (Design Guidelines and Examples); One Shuttle, Lots of Beads;
Knotting Beads into Lace; ‘BLOCKS’ of Beads; Beaded Nets; ‘BLOCKS’ of Beads-II;
Insertions & Book Spines; Evolving Motifs; Motifs Keep Evolving; Assorted Rings;
Translating Ideas into Lace; From Ideas to Lace.
They cover 5 years of designing and teaching BEANILE Lace. Each book features up to 10 original patterns to illustrate some specific techniques, various applications, and unlimited possibilities of bead tatting.

I learned to crochet and knit at age seven. Started sewing at age twenty. But only in mid-forties have discovered tatting and beads simultaneously, and realized how good they are together.

I am primarily a shuttle tatter, but use a lot of finger tatting, and a few years ago have taught myself to needle tat, and started designing and adjusting some of my patterns for needle tatting.
As to beads, sometimes I include traditional beading techniques in my jewelry design, but mostly string and arrange beads as the first step and essential part of BEANILE Lace.

e-mail: nlibin@beanile.com; nina.libin@gmail.com
web site: www.beanile.com

Sharren Morgan


email: palmettosharren@ymail.com

I have been tatting for over 20 years. The first 10 years, I only knew how to do rings, chains, and joins – everything else was a mystery! I learned split rings from a book in 1998, and since then have continued studying and researching, to learn all I can about tatting. I have taught at Palmetto meetings and also at Tat Days for many years, and always learn new things from my fellow tatters in attendance.

I have won several blue ribbons in past years’ competitions at Tat Days, and also at the SC State Fair. My patterns have been published on the Palmetto Tatters yearly Tat Days CD as well as on the Guild Website.


Georgia Seitz


email: aktatter@aol.com

I have now been leading the Online Tatting Class for 11 years. Although I have published or edited 7 books, I find the greatest personal and professional satisfaction comes from teaching new tatters. I have taught at many IOLI functions and local guilds: IOLI 2000, 2002, 2008 and 2009 conventions; Palmetto Tatters Guild Tat Days; Hector Lace Days; The Lacemakers of Puget Sound; Spokane Shuttlebirds; Camp Wannatat; The Fringe Element Tat Days; Freeway Lacers Workshop and private workshops.


Book 1 Tatting Alaskan Style
Book 2 Tatting: It's Not Just Doilies Anymore!
Book 3 Tatting Tiny Treasures: Miniature Tatting for Dollhouses
Book 4 Tatting on the Edge...and Beyond
Book 5 Tatting with Friends (ed)
Book 6 Tatting Talk: A Self-Improvement Guide for Tatters
Tatting Online, the 1999 Official Tat Chat Pattern Book (ed)


Abby K. Fisher-Small


email: certateacher21@sc.rr.com

Abby Small

I started tatting in 1978 after my grandmother had given me my great grandmother's tatting shuttle, a 1917 Butler Bros. Celluloid Shuttle. I had the privilege of witnessing one tatter tat. She tried to show me but it was confusing, 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 nearby 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, but chains would set off the CTS and it would be very painful. I prayed. Then awhile later I saw a piece on TV where this young person had use of one hand, and managed 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. A short time later it came to me - what if I make my chains tatting left handed? Awkward at first but I did it and it worked. What a relief! I also discovered when I tat my rings right handed and 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. In 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 3 phases of the Tatters Across Time Proficiency Program and received my TAT Master in 2006. At the PTG Competition I've won several blue ribbons and Judges Choice in 2006, Best in Show with a WOW factor, and Best in Theme with a WOW factor in 2007. In 2008, I received an email letting me know they still needed more flower patterns for a fundraiser book to benefit PTG. I was thrilled for this was my first published patterns in a book. The patterns I donated were Octobers Marigold and Decembers Poinsettia. The booklet is called “Flowers of Lace Put a Smile on your Face”. In 2010, I went international. I was asked to create a new pattern for the Ring of Tatters of the U.K. for their 30 Year Anniversary. I was most honored and thrilled. The pattern book is called “30th Anniversary Book of Patterns” by Ring of Tatters and my pattern is the “The Flower Arrangement”.

Riet Surtel-Smeulders


email: Surtel-Smeulde@kpnplanet.nl

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. And I have been at several Tat Days since. I am still learning and enjoy being with you during the Palmetto tat days. We can learn together a lot of things.

Now I know a lot more of tatting and am busy with designing. I have a Daisy Picot book in English and Dutch, I am also busy with our own guild doing workshops. I have a guild site at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Frivolitekring/. I also make and translate patterns for our magazine. And I have taught for Georgia Seitz' Online Classes (see http://www.georgiaseitz.com/classes2001/fall2001/riet.html ).

So I will soon be back in South Carolina, to meet you all again!

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

Riet's Blogs: http://bengelblog.blogspot.com/index.html and http://b-engel.blogspot.com/

Donna Thompson


email: trombone@usit.net

In my current profession, I teach teachers how to utilize technology in the classroom to help better engage their students in learning. I love to teach. So I thought this would be a good year to try teaching a class or two at the Palmetto Tatters Guild Tat Days. I am not a pattern designer so I asked Jane Eborall if I might teach a pattern of hers. She graciously said yes! I am so excited! Thank you Jane!

In the 70’s, my dad realized that no one in the family had learned the art of tatting from his mother. He decided that he and I needed to learn it and so we did. I tatted off and on by myself, giving away small items and adding tatting to note cards that my mother just loved.

Then one day I was teaching a technology course at a local technical college and Susan from The Needler here in Lexington, SC USA was in the class. At break I pulled out my tatting and she went WOW! She could not believe she had found a local tatter and a teacher. Now, I was teaching technology, NOT tatting!  However, I will admit that I had been playing around with the idea that it might be fun to teach tatting. Susan gave me a few months to get a beginner book written and then I began teaching tatting at The Needler a few times a year.

Joy Critchfield, an avid “closet” tatter, heard about me and we had to meet! Then some of my tatting students wanted to have informal meetings to continue their tatting learning. The word spread that there were tatters in the area and so the Palmetto Tatters Guild was born! We selected a web address name and I begin the web page. Please always feel free to offer suggestions for the web pages.

In my classes, 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.

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 produced 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 https://www.palmettotatters.org/fundraisers/TattingHandsSample100K.wmv.

For 2010 to 2012, I am honored to be your PTG President. Do email me if you have any questions about the Palmetto Tatters Guild, its web page, or the upcoming classes at Tat Days. Take Care!

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.

Other Inquiries

Teachers: Write Joanie and Katharine at teachers@palmettotatters.org

Tat Days Questions? Write Karen at tatdays@palmettotatters.org

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