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12th Annual

Tat Days 2014
September 5-6

"Tatting, Tea and Toffee"


Updated June 9, 2014

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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.

Donna Thompson (South Carolina/Georgia) Randy Houtz (Colorado)
Erin Holloway (Tennessee) Sally Biggers (North Carolina)
Georgia Seitz (Illinois/Alaska) Sandra Eichelberger (Georgia/South Carolina)
Jane Eborall (UK) Sharren Morgan (South Carolina)
Karey Solomon (New York) Shawna Wachs (Kentucky)
Martha Ess (North Carolina) Tonya Smith (Georgia)
Nina Libin (New York) Vicki Clarke (Ontario, Canada)
Pam Freck (South Carolina) MORE TEACHER PICS

Donna Thompson (South Carolina/Georgia)


email: trombone@usit.net

Donna & Jeff

Currently I teach teachers how to utilize technology in the classroom to help better engage their students in learning. I love to teach. Whether teaching 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.I really enjoyed teaching at Tat Days in the past and I am looking forward to this year!

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 helped produce 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.

From 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)


email: aktatter@aol.com

It is hard to believe that I have been tatting for 35 years. It seems like just yesterday that I wound my first shuttle and made the first ring that would not close. I attended my first Palmetto Tat Days in 2004 so this will be my 10th visit. And 1995 was my first International Org. of Lacemakers, Inc. I have since then taught at convention many times and I have lost track of the number of regional tat days and local guild
meetings I have attended. The years fly by faster than my shuttle can make knots.
But, I know one thing. The best tat days are always the next tat days. Hope to see you all in 2014!


Jane Eborall (U.K.)


email: janeeborall@btinternet.com

I live in Stratford-upon-Avon, U.K and have been shuttle tatting for over 55 years after my grandmother and I 'worked it out' together. I have always loved using colours in my work – the brighter the better but back in the dark ages there were very few interesting coloured threads. Life is good now with so many threads and colours!!

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 patterns were published in weekly magazines in the UK.

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 last January saw over 120 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 http://www.janeeborall.freeservers.com and I use my blog to tell about my life in ‘Tat Land’ http://janeeborall.blogspot.com/.

Several people have asked me in the past why I tat. The answer is simply I have to!!! Ideas just keep coming. I have taught myself most laces but always, always returned to the shuttles although I do turn to the sewing machine to make tatting accessories in the warmer months.

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

Mark Myer's Cartoon
Mark Myer's Cartoon
Jane making a split ring in a 'different way'!!!

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 at http://gracefulartsfiberstudio.blogspot.com/. I teach tatting internationally and I still work as a freelance writer. I have also had poetry published. 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.

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
Playing with Picots.

I have been honored to be chosen to teach at Palmetto TatDays 2006-2012, and at the Finger Lakes Tatting Convention (Hector, NY) in 2008, 2009, and 2012.



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 have been designing BEANILE jewelry since 1985, and teaching Beaded Lace and tatting (all levels) since the 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 the 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.


web site: www.beanile.com

Pam Freck (South Carolina)


email: pamfreck@gmail.com

I have loved tatting all my life. I was taught to tat at age 12 by my grandmother and have continued to “keep the art alive”. In 2006 I learned to tat right handed for the first time so I could more easily help teach new tatters.

I have worn many hats for the PTG over the years but enjoy teaching most. I even taught hubby Jerry to tat last year. I have 3 children and 6 grandchildren that I call “Doodlebugs”. (Pam loves anything "ladybugs.")

Randy Houtz (Colorado)


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 4 tatting books: Baubles, Bugs and Blossoms (2014), 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 like the Palmetto’s annual event. Looking forward to share what we’ve been learning. Have discovered that nothing in tatting is absolute – there is most always another way to do it just a little different. Have also discovered-every tatter has something to offer to the art of tatting.

“There’s something hidden within: look closely and you will find it.”

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

Sally Biggers (North Carolina)


email: sally@thethreadbears.com

Self-taught, I began tatting in the mid 1970’s. I find the works of Linda S. Davies and Mary Konior most intriguing because of the many 3-dimensional patterns and motifs found in their works. 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. The local tatting group’s progress can be found at www.thethreadbears.com.

To enhance my tatting skills, I have taken Sharon Briggs’s Design Tat on line course several times, which has been a great help in understanding patterns in general and how to correct problems in older patterns especially. Being able to attend conferences such as Tat Days and Shuttlebirds Tatting Conference has also expanded not only my awareness but also my network. My first and second entries into the Mountain State Fair won 2nd place.

My husband, Garry and I have been married since 1976 and we have 2 sons and 3 grandchildren. I am 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 family business, a multimedia / video production studio. Then in 2008 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. Coming to Tat Days is a high point in my year. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone!

Sandra Eichelberger (Georgia/South Carolina)


email: psychomomtats@gmail.com

(Click for a second picture with Joanie, Jennie 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. 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 since 2011 and had a grand time. I also taught at the 2013 Finger Lakes conference. 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” http://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.

Shawna Wachs (Kentucky)


email: Shawna.wachs@gmail.com

I started tatting about 25 years ago mostly as a self-taught tatter. Since then, I’ve enjoyed many learning experiences. I once took a class where I was the only student. My Tat Days instructors have helped me tremendously and tatting is now my official favorite pastime.

I have been working on the Tatters Across Time Program and have finished the Apprentice and Artisan phases, and am now working hard on the Master phase. I enjoy entering items in the local County Fair and State Fair and have won many ribbons over the years.

Married for almost 30 years, 3 children and two granddaughters. Besides tatting I enjoy quilting, sewing and some scrapbooking. I have a degree in Data Processing, work for my dad part time, substitute teach for special education classes, coach a Special Olympics swim team, and in my spare time I am a stay-at-home Mom.

I have attended 8 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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