Tatting by Jane Eborall.
Theme by Hope Bates.
Thank you!

13th Annual

Tat Days 2015

September 4-5
[many will arrive on Thursday (3rd) and leave on Sunday (6th)]

"Tatting Angels Among Us "

Updated April 24, 2016

Registration to OPEN for 2016 on June 9

2015 Class Schedule | 2015 Class Projects-Pics and Prep | 2015 Weekend Schedule | 2015 Teachers

Past Tat Days: 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003


Who is Teaching?
Who is Coming?
Why? Why NOT!
And How Much?

Banquet (Friday Night FUN!)
Cancellation Policy
Class Project Pictures
Class Grid Schedule
Emergency Numbers
Exchange Table
Flyer / AD
GPS Address
Internet Access
Live Auction
Pattern CD
Phone Numbers
Preparation for Classes
Remember to Bring
Saturday Night FUN
Schedule for the Weekend
Scholarship App
Scholarship Fundraisers
Scooter Rental
Show 'N Tell
Silent Auction
Special Needs
Past Pictures
Tat Days Pattern Notation
Tat Off!
Tatting Display-Competition
Theme for next Tat Days
Toccoa Conference Center
Volunteer Opportunities
What to Wear


Tat Days Registration for 2016 to Open Thursday,
June 9, around 8:00AM South Carolina time.

Tat Days 2016, September 9-10, "Tatting Is Out of This World"

Tat Days 2016 TEACHERS! YIPPEE! Another OUTSTANDING list!


Anita Barry (Virginia) Mimi Dillman (Washington)
Carol Lowe (North Carolina) Nina Libin (New York)
Erin Holloway Moseley (Tennessee) Paige Deputy (North Carolina)
Georgia Seitz (Illinois/Alaska) Phyllis Schmidt (Georgia)
Jane Eborall (Stratford-upon-Avon) Richard Embrey (Virginia)
Karey Solomon (New York) Riet Surtel-Smeulders (The Netherlands)
Kathy Hodge (Tennessee) Sandra Eichelberger (Georgia/South Carolina)
Lauren Snyder (Washington) Shawna Wachs (Kentucky)
Martha Ess (North Carolina) Sherry Pence (Mississippi)

More info coming SOON! Well, give me some time to get the schedule and pictures up. May put up a little at a time or all at once. We are looking forward to a WONDERFUL Tat Days, again!
And YOU will make it special! Yes, YOU who are reading this!
Registration should open late May or first of June.

"Hope Chest" Scholarship Fund Raiser has been announced. See details from Georgia here. EXCITING!

The Palmetto Tatters Group will be working on a small quilt to add to the "Hope Chest" collection. See details here.


PICTURES from Tat Days 2015!

THANKS to Raymond and Ron and a few others that contributed their photos. 471 of them!

You can post your photos from our Tat Days on our Facebook page. Just look for the Palmetto Tatters Guild page. And we welcome any tatted related posts there, too. Thanks!

LUNCH on Thursday, Sept 3, 2015: Downtown Toccoa. X-Factor/Cornerstone Café at 27 Doyle Street, Toccoa, GA.
Noon to 1:00ish. If you eat with us, you may be asked to help with setup.
Email Donna at tatdays@palmettotatters.org to RSVP by Tuesday, September 1, please. Thanks.

Things you might want to BRING:
Provided: Bar soap, 1 white towel per person and linens. (There should be at least one towel change during the weekend.)
Bring: Hair dryer, shampoo and other personal toiletry items. Second towel (not white) if you need more than 1.
Rolling cart (optional) to move from classroom to classroom-small suitcase, craft box on wheels, folding crate that rolls.
Sweater or battery operated fan-depends on you.
Water bottle with a lid.
Tatted Lanyard (optional) for name tag.
Umbrella or Raincoat for short walk to dining hall.
Money for vending, silent auction, and live auction. (PTG sales only take cash or check. Tatting Corner may also take a few credit cards.)
White Elephant Game item. Game on Saturday night. Come prepared for LOADS of FUN! Low value gifts-FUN, silly, nice, not naughty in case children are present, tatting, re-gift something, or purchase something in vending. Wrap it and bring out Saturday evening. Some gifts will be fought over! That's the FUN! Loads of laughter!

Ornaments and Tatting Fundraisers organized by Georgia S.
Here are pictures of the beauties that have arrived. THANKS!
PLEASE help us SPREAD the word for folks to take a look at our GORGEOUS ornaments. Social Media sights like Facebook and Twitter and your blogs can really play a big part in our fundraising for scholarships. Thank you!

Silent Auction Items are being announced! Can't wait to see them!
Here are a few things to look for:
Valentine Tree, a Wine Tree, and a Frozen Tree.
Breast Cancer Awareness gift box in loving memory of Sue Miller.
Books and more Books. Cards. Quilted items. Cross Stitch kits. Decorated boxes. Spa Kit. Crocheted items.
Beaded Jewelry.
Thread and thread and more thread.
We may have some "Grab Bags" for $1 or $5. Put the money down and "grab" a bag. Surprise! FUN stuff!

Check the Class Projects page for homework for Georgia's and Karey's classes.
Please read all of the this page for many more details.

Online Registration is closed. You will be able to register at Tat Days. Direct registration questions to Teresa, our registrar: registrar@palmettotatters.org.

There will be some GRAND items auctioned off at Tat Days,
Friday night after the banquet around 9:00.
We know there will be a set of jeweled tatted motifs for auction as well as 1 of the "12 Gifts for Sharing" sets.
Donate online for more sets.



And my bid is _____!

We are SO EXCITED! Here is our list of international teachers!
Be sure to check to see if you have any homework for your classes.


Anitra Stone
Carol Lowe
Dawn Tucker
Donna Thompson
Erin Holloway Moseley
Georgia Seitz
Karey Solomon
Linda Reiff
Marie Smith
Marilyn Jones

Martha Ess
Melissa Deputy
Nina Libin
Pam Freck
Phyllis Schmidt
Riet Surtel-Smeulders
Sandra Eichelberger
Shawna Wachs
Tonya Smith
Vicki Clarke

FULL list of Class Projects and Pictures

What is Tat Days? One tatter writes: "I am so excited I can hardly STAND it! ;-) You'd think I was 5 years old and waiting for Christmas, my birthday, and a trip to the circus, all rolled into one. ;-)"
Tat Days is a time for all level tatters (tried it a little to advanced) to come together and tat ("art of making lace") for 48 hours. Well maybe only 45; we do sleep a little! There will be a variety of 1.5 to 3 hour classes to select from with various items being created and new techniques being learned. There will be lots of time to chat and learn from other tatters. Show 'N Tell will be exciting as folks bring out works of art they have created. And of course fun, games, and good food. Meet back up with old friends and make new ones. Find out you no longer need to keep tatting by yourself in your closet because there are tatters all across the globe. Tatting started out as an edging on sheets and clothing. It is much, much more than that now. As you scroll down this page and browse our site, you will see many examples of tatted lace. Or take a look at our About Us page. Enjoy!

2014 Tat Days Pictures

2013 Tat Days Pictures

Sample Pictures of Tatting from Past Tat Days Classes

Tat Days 2014 Pattern CD is now online for sale. Thanks for supporting our Guild.
Pattern CDs from Tat Days are $15 + SH.

TAT DAYS REGISTRATION is now closed online. You may register at Tat Days.
Direct registration questions to Teresa, our registrar: registrar@palmettotatters.org.

Be sure to mark on your registration your roommate preference.

Costs (Same as last year.)
Early Registration for classes: Friday=$40, Saturday=$40, Friday AND Saturday=$80
Late (After August 7th-at Tat Days) Fees: Friday=$45, Saturday=$45, Friday AND Saturday=$85
Online Registration will close on August 7 and we will prepare class packets and many other items for Tat Days on August 15 which means early registrations and payments really help us out. Thanks.

Lodging: 3 nights + 7 meals will be $240 per person in a double room. ($300 for a single room per person.)
2 nights + 5 meals double room per person = $165. Single = $205.
1 night + 2 meals double room per person = $75. Single = $95.
Banquet =$18 (Our cost from Toccoa.)
Commuter Fee: $10. A person that does not spend at least one night at the conference center in the hotel including someone that just wants to drop by and shop. (Toccoa charges us $22.)
Optional: Class Kits. T-Shirts=$17. Pattern CD at Tat Days=$10.
In vending you will find PTG Polo Shirts=$25 and PTG Denim Shirts=$25.
Bring extra funds for Shopping, Silent Auction, and Friday Night Auction. The auctions will benefit our Scholarship Fund the Guild's General Fund to make our Tat Days and State Fair happen along with a few monthly expenses.

SAMPLE Menu: Each meal is served buffet style. Many, many choices available at each meal. Here is a sample menu of possible items. The actual meals are subject to change. We will have a special menu for Friday night's banquet.

Scholarship Application: Closed.
Note for 2016: You may wish to go ahead and register for your classes and wait to pay while waiting to hear back from the scholarship committee. That way you have a better chance of getting your first choice for your classes.

Look Who is Coming! LINK

Tell us what you think of our Palmetto Tat Days. If you are on Facebook, look for the Palmetto Tatters Guild page and LIKE us and post a note.

PICTURES from 2014 and 2013. See other Tat Days pages for more pictures.

We are SO EXCITED! "Meet our Teachers" here.

Tat Days Volunteers for 2015 - write Donna at tatdays@palmettotatters.org.

VENDOR for Tat Days 2015: We are excited about having the Tatting Corner/Zig Zag Corner as our vendor in 2015. You can sign-up for their Newsletter at their site. http://tattingcorner.com/

In vending, 2 checkout stations. PTG sales only take cash or check. Tatting Corner will take cash, check or a few credit cards.

Display of Tatting -"Eye Candy" says Martha Ess: We are going to have a tatting display this year so attendees can show off their handy work. BRING YOUR WORK! We will need volunteers to watch it for an hour or so anytime our main gathering room is open. Some of our spouses are probably willing to help watch it. Write Donna at tatdays@palmettotatters.org if you would like to be in charge or help with this endeavor. THANKS!

COMPETITION: YES! START TATTING! And YES, there will be prizes!

Best in Show

Best in Theme

Most Creative


TAT OFF! We have a CHALLENGE: Can we get 12
or more to participate in 2015?

Tat Off! Patterns HERE.

PRACTICE! PRACTICE! PRACTICE! Join the FUN Friday afternoon.

There will be PRIZES for the
fastest FLYING SHUTTLES and the
fastest 2 PERSON PAIR of tatters.

Any thread, shuttle or needle.

Who will be our "Fastest Tatter"

Who will be our fastest 2 PERSON PAIR of tatters?

EXCHANGE TABLE: Bring items tatters enjoy that you no longer need or of which you have too many.
Friday-Leave an item, take an item. Saturday-Take all you will use.

Containers: We are tatters! We are always collecting containers! If you have any extras, bring them for the exchange table.  THANKS!


Class Projects: Pictures, descriptions, skills, techniques, materials and preparation.


Meet Our Teachers

Level 1: knowledgeable and proficient with rings, chains, and joins.
Level 2: knowledgeable and proficient with split rings and block tatting and comfortable working with beads. Ready to learn SCMR or Split Chains and much more..
Level 3: mastery of all the above skills and ready to try new techniques and creative tatting.
ALL Levels. FUN for everyone!

Publicity: Help us spread the word on your blogs and tweets. Thanks! See our ads in IOLI Summer magazine and Piecework magazine.

Scholarship Fund Raisers:

2015 Ornaments: We will have Christmas/Holiday Ornaments this year in our drawing and auctions. THANK YOU to ALL who have been diligently working on these WONDERFUL items!

Donations to our Tat Days Scholarship Fund may be made here: http://www.tatdaysscholarship.info/
Visit the page to see our GORGEOUS ornaments!

There will also be a Live Auction Friday evening. Come ready to BID! We know we will have 1 set of jeweled tatted motif ornaments for auction as well as one "12 Gifts for Sharing" package.

Tat Days Silent Auction Donations for 2015 - All proceeds go to our Tat Days Scholarship Fund. If you wish to donate, drop Donna T. a line at tatdays@palmettotatters.org. You can bring the item(s) to Tat Days or ship them to Palmetto Tatters Guild, P.O. Box 1597, Lexington, SC 29071. THANKS!

SHIRTS: Tat Days shirts will be a v-neck tee shirt. We will have our PTG shirts-polos and denim-on sale in vending.

462 Sonrise Way Toccoa, GA  30577-Georgia Baptist Conference Center
This address does work at maps.google.com. If you have a fairly new GPS or recently updated, it should find it, too. Or you can go to their website at http://mytoccoa.com/home and click on the Driving Directions link on the left. If your GPS does not recognize this address, just get to Toccoa, GA. Once you get to Toccoa, you should be able to ask anyone in town and they should be able to point you in the correct direction. This Center has been there for over 40 years. If you get lost, call the conference center at 706-886-3133 or call Donna at 803-338-1384. Put these numbers in your cell phone.
Pictures of Location

There are simple hotel accommodations in Griffith Hotel with meals included (most choose this), camping or off campus hotels. See the pictures link above for the hotel on campus and classrooms.

Camping at the conference center is available-tent or RV. $21 for the camp site and facilities (showers, restrooms, hook-up). Then there will be a $10 commuter fee for tatters + $8.25 per meal if eating in the cafeteria. Call the Georgia Baptist Convention Center at 706-886-3133 to sign-up for a spot and pay the $21 for the camping spot to Toccoa. They will ask for arrival and departure dates, number of people and tell them you are with the Palmetto Tatters. You DO NEED to register to attend Tat Day, pay for meals (optional) and pay the commuter fee. Thanks!

A few other possible places are: (I have not stayed at any of these. I have heard the B&B is very nice. Check http://www.tripadvisor.com.)


Simmons-Bond Inn, a Bed and Breakfast
130 Tugalo Street West, Toccoa, GA 30577
Local Phone: 706-282-5183, Toll Free: 877-658-0746
Fax: 866-862-7627

Cancellation policy
All cancellations must be in writing, either by email to Teresa at registrar@palmettotatters.org, or mailed to the Palmetto Tatting Guild,  PO Box 1597, Lexington, SC  29071. To receive a full refund, a cancellation must be received on or before August 4, 2015. For cancellation notices received from August 5 through September 1, all paid fees, excluding half of the registration fee, will be refunded. After Sep 1, refunds will depend on charges from conference center. Commemorative items, tee-shirt, pattern CD and class kits are not refundable. These items will be mailed following the conclusion of Tat Days.

BANQUET: We LOVE our banquet on Friday evenings! Some will dress up for the Banquet (nice "church" clothes). We will have great food, fun and fellowship! Do join us for just $18. (Our cost from Toccoa.)

Friday evening there will be the drawing for the Ornaments and some auction items! Come ready to bid and have FUN watching the FAST ACTION with Georgia!

Tat Days 2016: SAVE THE DATE of September 9 & 10. Theme will be ?

Pattern CD
A CD with all of the patterns from Tat Days will be available through registration for attendees of Tat Days or purchased in vending for $10. For all those not attending Tat Days, please be patient with us. We will get the link for this CD on the website as quickly as possible after Tat Days. The cost then will be $15 plus postage.

Weekend Schedule

Saturday Night FUN!
White Elephant Game and Origami. And always time for fellowship and to finish up projects.

White Elephant Game. Bring an item of low value. It can be fun, silly, nice, tatting, re-gift something, or purchase something in vending. Wrap it and bring it out Saturday evening. Some gifts will be fought over! That's the FUN! Loads of laughter! If you forget your item, select from the extras and grab a number.

If you are a brand new tatter (if you want to learn to tat), sign up for the Beginners classes on Friday and Saturday mornings. The rest of the day, find a tatter not in class to assist you as you practice.

Other options for learning to Tat

  • Come to our PTG meetings, usually the 3rd Saturday of each month to learn to tat before Tat Days.
    See our Calendar.
  • See if there is a Palm Frond near you.
  • Check out some videos on the internet. Our video online (under About Us) gives you a simple start and then You Tube has many more.

Special Needs
Please write Teresa at registrar@palmettotatters.org if you have a special need pertaining to a room. All rooms are accessible by elevator. There are a few rooms on the first floor, the same floor as all of the activities other than dining. There are a few rooms that are specifically designated as Handicap. They have 2 double beds (like all of the rooms). The bath is very similar as the others except it has a raised commode, railings in the bathroom along the wall, the lip to get into the shower is a much smaller step over than the other tubs and I believe the counter with the sink is raised a little higher, too.

Tat Days Wheelchairs:
No scooter rentals are available in the area but here are our 3 choices for folks to call ahead and make their arrangements for a wheelchair. There is no delivery for the wheelchair but if more than 1, they will pickup on Monday. The pickup and payment will be up to the person renting the wheelchair. All businesses are open Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM except the pharmacy which is open on the weekend. All are for the same price of $20 for the weekend (2013 price) .
Please send a note to Pam at specialneeds@palmettotatters.org if you do rent a wheel chair just for our records.

Next to Me Medical Supplies – 706-886-6649
Convalescent Home Equipment – 706-886-8474
Jerry White’s Pharmacy – 706-886-2662

What to wear?
We are always casual and comfortable. It is a Baptist center so please nothing too far out.  Why not wear your favorite past Tat Days shirts? Easy to pack! You may wish to include a sweater, scarf, or small personal battery operated quiet fan. Raincoat or umbrella may come in handy if it is raining on the way to the dining hall.

Cameras are welcome! We will have a few "official" photographers roaming around documenting the event. Just remember, be courteous, when picture taking. Do not let it disturb your classmates and be aware that some tatters may not want their picture taken. Thanks.

Weather: Average High = 85/86 and Average Low=66. Check out weather.com for 10-day forecast. For the class rooms, some will bring a sweater and others will bring a fan.

Internet Access
If you bring your own laptop, there is wireless internet access in some of the lobby areas in the hotel/classroom building and in the lobby of the main building next to the dining hall (a short walk). Also, we will have a laptop for checking email and such for limited times during the day and evening.

Emergency Contact Numbers
Donna Thompson 803-338-1384
Theresa Orren 843-364-2443
Georgia Baptist Conference Center 706-886-3133
PLEASE have these numbers in your phone and share with family members. Thanks.

Need a Ride? If you need a ride from a nearby Airport (Atlanta, Greenville/Spartanburg, Columbia, Charlotte) or AmTrak (Toccoa, Atlanta, Greenville, Columbia), ask and we will try to accommodate your needs. No promises but we can see.

Give a Ride? If you are able and willing to give a ride to a tatter from your city or along your route, please let us know.

Write us at transportation@palmettotatters.org

The PTG Tat Days Tatting Notation (specifically written for our Tat Days and Pattern CDs)

SAVE THE DATE: Tat Days 2016, September 9-10, Toccoa, GA

Questions? Write Donna at tatdays@palmettotatters.org

Teachers: Write Theresa O. and Melinda at teachers@palmettotatters.org

Registration: Write Teresa W. at registrar@palmettotatters.org

Class Schedule | Class Projects | Weekend Schedule | Teachers

Past Tat Days: 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003

"Our mission is to promote the craft of tatting and spread it like
kudzu across the South!"

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