Tatting Takes Wing

11th Annual

Tat Days 2013
September 6-7

"Tatting Takes Wing"

Meet Our Teachers


Updated August 22, 2013


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.

Anitra Stone (North Carolina) Riet Surtel-Smeulders (The Netherlands)
Donna Thompson (South Carolina/Georgia) Sally Biggers (North Carolina)
Erin Holloway (Tennessee) Sandra Eichelberger (Georgia/South Carolina)
Georgia Seitz (Illinois/Alaska) Sharren Morgan (South Carolina)
Kaye Judt (Indiana) Shawna Wachs (Kentucky)
Nina Libin (New York) Tonya Smith (Georgia)
Randy Houtz (Colorado) Vicki Clarke (Ontario, Canada)

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 through the Pines of Carolina Girl Scouts Spring Leaderee conferences for about 10 years. I’ve also taught at Tat Days in 2008, 2010 and 2012 and had a blast each time!

I’ve been published on the Tat Days CDs, the August 1989 issue of “The Workbasket Magazine” (‘Captain’s Wheel’), and in the April 2012 issue of Norway’s “Skytteltrafikk” magazine (‘Ruby Throated Hummingbird’ and ‘Eurasian Bullfinch’). I must confess – the Captain’s Wheel pattern was before I knew how to do split rings, so if I were to do it now, the pattern would read much differently! 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 http://villageofyesteryear.com/locate-us/craftsmen-by-craft/tatting---anitra-stone.html

Donna Thompson (South Carolina/Georgia)


email: trombone@usit.net

Donna and Pam
Donna & Pam

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. I really enjoyed teaching at Tat Days in 2011 and I am looking forward to this year! I want to say "Thank You" to Jane and Vicki who are letting me teach their patterns!

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 and other tatters, including Katharine Buckner, wanted to have informal meetings to continue advancing their tatting skills. 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 was honored to be your PTG President.
Looking forward to seeing ALL of you!

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 was recently published in Riet's Guild's booklet in The Netherlands.

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.

Georgia Seitz (Illinois/Alaska)

Beginner Class

email: aktatter@aol.com

I have now been leading the Online Tatting Class for 12 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.


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

Randy Houtz (Colorada)


email: rhoutz@skywerx.com


Living in SW Colorado over 30 years and retired. I learned to tat early in 1995. I made shuttles for Gary so figured that I’d best learn how to use them. I’m a “closet tatter” whereas I don’t tat much of anybody else’s work so not that well read with books and don’t use the Internet as a source of information. (I’d rather be tatting or making shuttles.)

Why tat? There’s a sense of discovery with it. I have lots of hobbies with different media. Most projects have to be well planned before execution; tatting, however, you can just start and see what it brings you. Yes, there is a fine line between “oops” and “designing.” With tatting, you can enjoyably tat the same thing repeatedly or never have to tat the same thing twice. Tatting is portable, durable, and versatile. Fits well into a hurry and wait lifestyle. Can be as simple or complex as you want. Simple alterations can develop new designs so there are un-surmountable combinations. Although tatting is easy to learn, it takes a lifetime to master. There are so many combinations, techniques, and variables. It is probably that sense of discovery feeling as to why I seldom tat someone else’s patterns. And, best of all, have met lots of fun and wonderful tatters.

Co-authored 3 tatting books: Tatting the GR-8 Self-closing Mock Ring, Tatting the SCMR for GR-8 Design, and Tatting GR-8 Alternate Threads. Have been teaching tatting since 1996. Taught 50+ classes across the USA. Willing to teach anyone willing to listen.

It is always exciting to have lots of tatters in one room, let alone at a gathering. Looking forward to share what we’ve been learning. Have discovered that nothing in tatting is absolute – there is always another way to do it a little different.

Website: GR-8 Shuttles at www.gr-8shuttles.com

Riet Surtel-Smeulders (The Netherlands)


email: Surtel-Smeulde@kpnplanet.nl
or riet.surtel@gmail.com

Riet and Erin


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 teach 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/

Sally Biggers (North Carolina)


email: sally@thethreadbears.com


A self-taught tatter who began 35 years ago, I have found the works of Linda S. Davies and Mary Konior most intriguing. As Coordinator of The Thread Bears, a weekly tatting group in Black Mountain, NC, I have had to adapt my own tatting skills to include both shuttle and needle techniques as well as working with the strengths and weaknesses of other tatters to help them grow in their own practice.

I have taken Sharon Briggs’s Design Tat on line course several times, which has been a great help in understanding patterns in to general and how to correct problems in older patterns especially. I have not yet begun to write serious tatting patterns.

My first entry into the Mountain State Fair won a 2nd place. I have been a member of Palmetto Tatters Guild for 3 years and attended 2 previous Tat Days Conferences. My local tatting group’s progress as well as my own can be found at www.thethreadbears.com.

I have been married to my husband Garry since 1976. We have 2 sons and 3 grandchildren. A registered nurse who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, I have worked in cardology most of my nursing career, serving as staff nurse in both ICU and stepdown units, circulating nurse and scrub nurse in a cardiac cath lab and as hospital supervisor. I had largely given up tatting while developing my career and the family business, a multimedia / video production studio until 2008 when I found myself sitting on a jury unable to talk with the others around me. So out came the tatting shuttles. I have been at it ever since.

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 27 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 2012 and had a grand time. I also taught at Finger Lakes 2013. It’s so much fun to be with everyone and learn new things. And tatters are the best!

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!

Sharren Morgan (South Carolina)


email: greenwoodtatter@yahoo.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.

Reach me at greenwoodtatter@yahoo.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.

Tonya Smith (Georgia)


email: tonya_le@att.net



I wanted to tat since I was about seven years old. I did not find my first shuttle until I was 19 years old and I taught myself how to tat that first night. Now I have been tatting for over twenty-five years.

I have taught at Michael’s Arts and Crafts for two years and privately for many more. I have demonstrated tatting at various Civil War Reenactments throughout the years.

I attended many former Palmetto Tat Days including the very first event. I am a first grade teacher and live in Dallas, Georgia with my family.

Tonya and Rodney

Vicki Clarke (Ontario, Canada)


email: victats@gmail.com


I learned to tat when our Home Economics class visited the town Heritage Center and continued my education using a tatting flyer and a metal shuttle. A few months later my Grandmother bought me “The Complete Book of Tatting” by Rebecca Jones which set me up for life! Everything else I learned through seminars and online sharing of tips and techniques. I have taught at the Fingerlakes Tatting Seminar, The Fringe Element Tatdays and at the 2009 Palmetto Tatdays. In 2012 I published a book of tatted jewelry called Tatting the Stone and I am currently working on a second collection of patterns.

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.

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