10th Annual

Tat Days 2012

September 7-8

Toccoa, Georgia USA

"Blast from the Past"

Meet Our Teachers


Updated August 27, 2012

THANK YOU for your patience in getting all of this info posted. I believe it is complete now. Donna T.

Katharine Buckner (South Carolina)

Jane Eborall (U.K.)

Sandra Eichelberger (Georgia/South Carolina)

Martha Ess (North Carolina)

Erin Holloway (Tennessee)

Kaye Judt (Indiana)

Nina Libin (New York)

Sharren Morgan (South Carolina)

Georgia Seitz (Illinois/Alaska)

Karey Solomon (New York)

Anitra Stone (North Carolina)

Riet Surtel-Smeulders (The Netherlands)

Shawna Wachs (Kentucky)

Class links below go to one of the teacher's classes. Just scroll up or down for the others.

Katharine Buckner (South Carolina)


email: mkatbuckner@aol.com

I first wanted to learn to tat when I saw a lady adding an edging to a set of pillow cases for a wedding gift back in 1993.  She said she was tatting.  I later found out she was crocheting.  So I learned to crochet and did so for a few years until I saw a notice about tatting classes at a local stitching shop.  Donna Thompson was the teacher.  I took the beginner and advanced classes – that was all she offered.  Yet I wanted more.  So she and I decided to “tat around each other’s kitchen table” with a few other students from her classes.  That is how the Palmetto Tatters Guild was born!!!

I have been tatting for many years, most of which were small, simple items.  I have in the last few years been trying bigger more complex projects – like Nina’s Beanile tatting, doilies and such.

At the Palmetto Tatters Guild monthly meetings I have lead several of the monthly lessons, but this year’s Tat Days will be my first venture in teaching.  I have learned a lot from those who participate in our monthly lessons.  I look forward to what I can learn from others as a teacher at Tat Days.  I am excited about the opportunity and thankful to Nina for the loan of a pattern.

I have completed the first level of Tat Across Times and am working on the second level.  I won several red and blue ribbons at the SC State Fair in Tatting.  In 2010, I won my first Palmetto Tatters Guild’s specialty award for Best Picots and Double Stitches at the State Fair.

Jane Eborall (U.K.)


email: janeeborall@btinternet.com

I live in Stratford-upon-Avon, U.K and have been tatting for roughly 55 years  after my grandmother and I learnt together.  I have always loved using colours in my work – the brighter the better.

My ‘career’ as a designer started with a need to make unusual earrings to 'entertain' the four/five year old children I was teaching at the time and has progressed from this simple start.

A few years ago I had the idea of publishing a pattern in ‘bite sized’ pieces for people to tat.  I called this the Tat It And See (TIAS).  Since then this annual game has grown and in January saw over 100 people worldwide taking part.  It has proved a very useful learning tool for tatters who participate – and for me!
I have a web site with my patterns on and use my blog to tell about my life in ‘Tat Land’.

Several people have asked me in the past why I tat.  The answer is simply it's to save my sanity or what's left of it!!!  Oh, and as a means of keeping myself awake in the evenings!  I have taught myself most laces but always, always returned to the shuttles.

I have taught at Tat Days in the past and look forward to meeting up with friends both old and new.

Sandra Eichelberger (Georgia/South Carolina)


email: psychomomtats@gmail.com

(Click for a second picture with Joanie, Jeannie and Sandra.)

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 26 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 2008 and loved every conference. I taught at Tat Days in 2011 and had a grand time. 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….

My blog is http://psychotatter.blogspot.com/ - come visit me!

Martha Ess (North Carolina)


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 6 tatting pattern books: New Critters on the Block, Tat’s Amoré, Holidays on the Block, Tea is for Tatting, More Critters on the Block, and Playing with Picots. I have been honored to be chosen to teach at Palmetto TatDays 2006-2011, and at the Finger Lakes Tatting Convention (Hector, NY) in 2008, 2009, and 2012 .


Erin Holloway (Tennessee)


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’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.

Kaye Judt (Indiana)


email: heirloomcorner@hotmail.com

Intrigued by stationary with tatted motifs, I learned to shuttle tat in the early 1990’s. Shortly after that my mother and I took a class in needle tatting through the Smocking Arts Guild of America. I credit the internet and mom for continuing inspiration both in shuttle and needle tatting. Selling my tatting business to a dear friend, Jennifer Titus of the Tatting Corner, has freed me up to publish three books on tatting: Oh My Stars!, Motifs for Marie, and A Little O’ This A Little O’ Tat.

I have taught many times for the Tatting Day at the Tatting Corner, Finger Lakes (NY) Tatting Days, and Fringe Element Tatting Days in Canada. I have also been able to teach tatting at The Lacemaker in Ohio, Lacis in California, Anderson (IN) University Continuing Education, and the Benjamin Harrison House in Indianapolis, IN.

Nina Libin (New York)


email: nina.libin@gmail.com

or nlibin@beanile.com

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

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

I am primarily a shuttle tatter, but use a lot of finger tatting, and lately got interested in 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.

I design BEANILE jewelry since 1985, and teach 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" was published by LACIS in 1998. There are 17 titles of "Lace of Beads" periodicals; the set covers 5 years of designing and teaching BEANILE Lace. Each booklet features up to 10 original patterns to illustrate some specific techniques, various applications, and unlimited possibilities of bead tatting. Among publications are article written for Lace and  Beads related magazines, including IOLI bulletin.


web site: www.beanile.com

Sharren Morgan (South Carolina)


email: palmettosharren@ymail.com

Needlework has always fascinated me; I learned to embroider at age six. I saw someone knitting for the first time when I was about seven, and wanted to learn it right away! I did learn to knit, but not until I was 11 (I had learned crochet at eight). I saw my first tatting shuttle at 13 and bought it, but had no one to teach me to use it! It took me 20 years and I was three states away from that first shuttle, but I finally found someone to teach me the basics. I enjoy tatting; I find it relaxing and creative, and it’s the most portable form of needlework I know. I tat everywhere I go, and usually someone will ask me what I’m doing. I’m always happy to tell them!

My patterns have been published on the Palmetto Tatters Guild website, on the Tat Days CDs, and on my blog, “Sharren’s Random Stitches” (tattingwithsharren@blogspot.com). I have taught at Palmetto
Tat Days for the last several years, and find that I learn a lot from my students! I have won competition awards, both at past Tat Days and at the South Carolina State Fair. In 2011, I was honored (read: flabbergasted) with a Palmetto Tatters Guild Award for “Most Innovative Tatted Design” for my tatted, beaded necklace.


Georgia Seitz (Illinois/Alaska)


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)

Among my memories is the time when I was awarded the Order of the Palmetto, a treasured moment.


Karey Solomon (New York)


email: threads@empacc.net

I learned to tat by visiting an old age home in 1974 because a friend insisted I’d wanted to learn to tat and she wouldn’t let me say later that I didn’t want to. The old lady who was teaching couldn’t quite remember her own name, let alone how to tat; so I learned more from a slightly younger lady who’d tatted through college in the 1930s, making hanky edgings to fund her ambition to be one of Cornell University’s first female microbiologists. I later found that my tatting truly annoyed my parents, which gave me real incentive to stick with it. Later I tatted through my daughter’s music lessons (3 each week) community band rehearsals and concerts (twice each week) and of course, any time I saw my parents. I began Tatting Times in 1992 in part because I’m a writer, and tatting is a great, grounding counterpoint to too much thinking. Also, I’d rather talk to tatters than other writers. I’ve published about 25 tatting booklets, most recently “Button Abecedarius” and “Bouquet of Bookmarks.” More tatting booklets are in the works. I own a yarn shop called “Graceful Arts Fiber Studio,” hand-dye threads, and have a blog “gracefulartsfberstudio.blogspot.com” I teach tatting internationally. I still work as a freelance writer. Last year someone else published a book I wrote – poetry. Twist my arm a little and I’ll read some to you. After 38 years, I still adore tatting and still tat pretty much every day.

Anitra Stone (North Carolina)


email: MadTatter@aol.com

(Anitra and Hope)

Sticker shock over the price of wedding veils sent me running to my mother, “Teach me how to tat so I can make the lace for my wedding veil!” So my love affair with shuttle and thread has been going strong since 1980, even if the marriage didn’t.

I’ve been teaching tatting since 1981; sometimes on an individual basis, occasionally through Wake Technical Community College, and since 2000 at the Pines of Carolina Girl Scouts Spring Leaderee conferences. I also taught at Tat Days in both 2008 and 2010 and had a blast both times!

I have a few published patterns other than those on the Tat Days CDs. One is “Captain’s Wheel” in the August 1989 issue of The Workbasket Magazine. I must confess it was before I knew how to do split rings, so if I were to do it now, the pattern would read much differently. Two more are my tatted Ruby-Throated Hummingbird and tatted European Bullfinch patterns. They have now been published in Norway’s “Skytteltrafikk” (Shuttletraffic) magazine (April 2012). I’ve got quite a few originals which I hope to turn into a book someday, but at the rate I’m going, they’ll all be on Tat Days CDs first!

I’ve won 7 ribbons at the NC State Fair over the years, although I haven’t made anything for competition in several years. I’ve been a member of the NC State Fair’s “Village of Yesteryear” since 1999 and have won 2 ribbons for my booth. In 2007, I was named Female Craftsman of the Year, which is a huge honor because only your fellow crafters in the Village vote.

Tatting has become my solace and my obsession! I really look forward to attending Tat Days because it’s a great way to network and make new friends, as well as gain inspiration & new ideas. If I just had the time to make all of the things floating around in my head…
Website: www.anitrastone.com and www.villageofyesteryear.org/AnitraStone.html

Riet Surtel-Smeulders (Netherlands)


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/

Shawna Wachs (Kentucky)


email: scout.mom@insightbb.com

(Click for a second picture.)

I started tatting about 20 years ago. I had always wanted to learn, but never new where to start. One day I saw a friend tatting and asked her where she learned to tat. She said she had taught herself. I thought if she could do it, so could I. So I raided my mother-in-law’s library of craft books and found a couple with instructions. I struggled and struggled but finally was able to get a ring and chain. It was slow going, but I was tatting and made a few snowflakes. But when I made mistakes I didn’t know how to fix it and progress on an item seemed slow. I decided it fell in the same category as knitting ... I knew how but didn’t enjoy it. I then saw a class offering at the local craft store and decided to give it one more try. It’s amazing how a little one on one instruction and some clarification of patterns helps. I was the only student in the class. I have not stopped since. I love it and always have a shuttle and thread in my purse.

Married for 28 years, 3 children and one granddaughter. Besides tatting I enjoy quilting, sewing and some scrapbooking. I have a degree in Data Processing, work for my dad part time, but am mostly a stay at home mom.

I have attended 6 of the Tat Days events, and love being here and rubbing shoulders with such wonderfully talented and friendly people.

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 Donna at tatdays@palmettotatters.org

General Registration Questions: Registrar

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