Tatted Angel

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 July 25, 2015

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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 tatting display or silent auction items, you may leave any class early. Thank you.

Our list of teachers!

Anitra Stone (North Carolina)
Carol Lowe (North Carolina)
Dawn Tucker (Missouri)
Donna Thompson (South Carolina/Georgia)
Erin Holloway Moseley (Tennessee)
Georgia Seitz (Illinois/Alaska)
Karey Solomon (New York)
Linda Reiff (Tennessee)
Marie Smith (South Carolina)
Marilyn Jones (Alabama)

Martha Ess (North Carolina)
Melissa Deputy (North Carolina)
Nina Libin (New York)
Pam Freck (South Carolina)
Phyllis Schmidt (Georgia)
Riet Surtel-Smeulders (The Netherlands)
Sandra Eichelberger (Georgia/South Carolina)
Shawna Wachs (Kentucky)
Tonya Smith (Georgia)
Vicki Clarke (Ontario, Canada)

Anitra Stone (North Carolina) *


e-mail: MadTatter@aol.com


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, 2012 and 2013, 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’), in the April 2012 issue of Norway’s “Skytteltrafikk” magazine (‘Ruby Throated Hummingbird’ and ‘Eurasian Bullfinch’), and in the January – March 2015 issue of the Netherland’s “De Frivolite(k)ring” magazine (Ruby Throated Hummingbird). 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://www.villageofyesteryear.com/village-members/anitra-stone---tatting.html

Carol Lowe (North Carolina) *


email: cnlowe@yahoo.com


I learned to tat from my grandmother during one of my few sane moments as a teenager. Tatting is my hobby, my marriage counselor, my anti-depressant, and above all, my first love in crafting!

I have enjoyed teaching relatives, sharing the art with total strangers, and teaching classes in multiple venues. Our tatting cousins enjoy Tat Days as a family gathering as well as a time to meet new tatters and learn new skills.

I have been married for over 25 years to my always-love who is an excellent leather craftsman. We have a wonderful time demonstrating our crafts at many traditional/heritage events throughout the year.

I have been blessed to be able to attend most of the Tat Days events, and I begin looking forward to next year’s conference before I arrive home from the current one!

Dawn Tucker (Missouri)


email: dawn_slp@yahoo.com


I learned the basics of tatting in a quilt shop in Kalamazoo, MI, in the 80s, and soon forgot most of what I learned. I am thankful for friends and teachers at Palmetto Tat Days, who have helped me grow my skills and really enjoy tatting over the past two years. I taught myself basic origami until I found the origami community on the internet and then at several conventions. I enjoy teaching origami to tatters and look forward to the day an origami folder wants to learn to tat.

Donna Thompson (South Carolina/Georgia) *


email: trombone@usit.net

Diane and Donna
Diane and Donna (Sisters)

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

Erin and Sharren


I came, I saw, I tatted.
And tatted. smile

(More on Erin on 2014 Meet the Teachers page.)

Georgia Seitz (Illinois/Alaska) *


email: aktatter@aol.com


It is hard to believe that I have been tatting for 36 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 11th 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 2015!


Karey Solomon (New York) *


email: threads@empacc.net


I have published Tatting Times for 24 years – making it the longest-running independent journal of tatting ever. A tatter for more than 40 years - obviously, I began tatting before I was born - I am the author of 26 collections of tatting patterns; have taught internationally since 1998; and I am the tatting editor for the journal for the International Organization for Lace IOLI. Also, I am known for unusual hand-dyed threads. My home tatting association is the Finger Lakes Tatting Group – we have our annual Tatting Seminars in the Finger Lakes every April. Watch my tatting progress on the Graceful Threads blog, or on the facebook page for my shop, Graceful Arts Fiber Studio.



Linda Reiff (Tennessee) *


email: lareiff@yahoo.com



Hi, I'm Linda Reiff. I learned to tat before the turn of the century. But, for most of that time, I did simple chains and rings. The internet truly awakened me to all the people and different techniques available. I saw many different shapes on the web and in books and decided to try my hand at them.

This gave rise to a Fleur-de-Lis (my son is a life scout) and a bird (in white, it could be a dove). It was really fun to experiment. And, boy, did I waste a LOT of thread. I followed this with experiments in inverted tatting. I love the look of it and think it is a really under used technique. (Ditto about the thread waste in designing.)

I have worked in healthcare for over 24 years. But, like my aunt, I could never sit still. I had to be knitting, crocheting, sewing or tatting. I believe my red blood cells look like little shuttles; these things have become so much a part of me.

This will be my 4th Tat Days and I am excited to be teaching. And excited to offer a class that I hope will be a challenge and an adventure. Even if the class looks daunting to you, I recommend taking it. Bring thread you don't really care about. If that project doesn't work for you, it is still an exposure and gained knowledge!

Marie Smith (South Carolina)


email: tattingwithmarie@yahoo.com

I began tatting about 50 years ago at age 19 after learning to crochet, knit, and do other crafts. Although I sometimes still do those other crafts, tatting is my favorite.

For the last 30 years, I have taught others to tat--children, men, and women. I have taught everything from the basic “flip” to split chains and everything between. As the current Program Chair for the Palmetto Tatters Guild, I have frequently taught formal classes for that group and for the Electric City Tatters, a local affiliate group that I founded in Anderson, South Carolina, where I live. And I have taught many individuals, including people in restaurants, parks, and other public places. I never leave home without a shuttle in my pocket!

For years, I have judged various competitions of tatting and other crafts. I have tatted all types of items, and I give almost all of it away to others.

In the last five years, since I had spinal surgery, I have tatted and given away more than 2,000 of my little angels. Early on, when I offered one to a fellow surgery patient, he smiled, slipped it into his pocket, and said, “Everybody needs an angel.” After that, I thought, “Well, everybody does need an angel.” Since then, I have given my angels away to family and friends, people I have met at doctors’ offices and restaurants, and even to complete strangers I have encountered on downtown streets.

And I love how these angels always make people smile!

On the web: http://www.tat-man.net/tatterville/howtotat/SC_MarieStyle.html http://www.janeeborall.freeservers.com/FastEasy.pdf

Marilyn Jones (Alabama) *


email: mgj5231@gmail.com

My first introduction to tatting was finding a shuttle in my grandmother’s sewing basket. She was never very interested in tatting but remembered the idea of the hen & chickens pattern.

My proudest teaching tatting moment was when a high school age friend asked me to teach her to tat. Sure! “I have 30 minutes before I leave to go back to school 6 hours away.” Out came the magic wand and she won an Easter egg decorating contest for the entire school with her tatting within a few months.

I have an under graduate degree in Home Economics and a masters in Adult and Higher Education. I have taught tatting with quilt shops and won several ribbons at the fair for tatting and other crafts. I currently teach tatting, along with sewing and other crafts, at the local university continuing education department. I teach tatting privately as the occasion arises. In the summer I teach 8-15 year old girls sewing. I also teach aerobics and pilates.

My wonderful husband is retired military and is the chief instructor at his various karate studios. We live outside of Killen, AL with 2 surrogate children – a cat and a dog.


Martha Ess (North Carolina) *


email: essm@bellsouth.net

I have always been interested in many forms of needle work, and while growing up I learned as many as I could -- crochet, knitting, embroidery, etc., but I had never even heard of tatting until 1976. 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. The internet opened up the world of tatting. Now, at last, there were other tatters to talk to, and an undreamed of variety of patterns and techniques. Frequently, I still make up my own patterns, though. Since then, I have self published 7 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, and Flights of Fantasy. I have been honored to have been chosen to teach many times at Palmetto Tat Days, and three times at the Finger Lakes Tatting Convention (Hector, NY).

Blog: http://marthas-tatting-blog.blogspot.com/

Melissa Deputy (North Carolina) *


email: megdeputy@gmail.com


I have been tatting since 2009. I started with needle tatting, taught at a senior center. I later taught others at the Sawtooth Visual Arts School in Winston Salem, NC. After learning shuttle tatting taught by Sue Miller I later taught shuttle tatting at the Sawtooth Visual Arts School. I also taught an individual student once a week for about 6 months. Recently I visited my hometown and worked with a friend from middle school and taught her the basics and now she is also a tatter. I won some ribbons at the Stokes County fair the fall after Sue taught me to tat. (Haven’t entered anything recently.) I am recently working with some needle tatters in a small group (tiny group so far) I have started. We meet weekly so I am relearning needle tatting to help them progress.

Nina Libin (New York) *


email: nina.libin@gmail.com

or nlibin@beanile.com

Barbara and Nina

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

Pam and The Hat

My pattern of a tatted Winter Wonderland Scene was chosen as the logo at Tat Days 2011 and included in the CD. I have written and taught several of my patterns at our PTG Guild meetings (including my snowflake necklace, dolphin earrings, gamecock earrings, turtles and doodlebugs).  I also demonstrate and teach tatting everywhere I get a chance.  I taught my doodlebugs at Camp Wannatat in 2006. My first year as a Tat Days teacher was in 2014 and I taught Martha Ess’s Palmetto Tree. I have been entering in the SC State Fair since the 1980’s and won several ribbons there including the 2014 Palmetto blue ribbon for the Most Innovative for Donna Thompson’s “Keep Calm and Tat" on crown with a spider web and a spider dangling down. 


Phyllis Schmidt (Georgia) *


email: temp20003@yahoo.com


I have been tatting for about 50 years, after my Grandmother taught me basic rings and chains. The only tatting she knew was a couple of edging patterns. I increased my knowledge by purchasing my first tatting book within a few years and tatted doilies, more complex edgings and pin cushion covers.

After a tatting void for family, my daughter introduced me to the internet tatting world in 2011. What a great opportunity this is to learn the many techniques and tips as well as see the wonderful items being tatted.

I have attended the last three Tat Days. The people I have met keep me inspired to carry on, learn as much as I can and share the love of tatting.

I enjoy entering my tatted pieces at our local fair. We have no tatting category anymore. I have become creative so I can enter my tatting into as many categories as I can. I am proud of the ribbons I have received.

I carry tatting with me so when I have down time anywhere I am, I am ready to tat. Small motifs are kept with this tatting so I can give them away to children and/or adults who are interested in this craft.

My blog is: http://phyls-handwork.blogspot.com/

Riet Surtel-Smeulders (The Netherlands) *


email: 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/

Sandra Eichelberger (Georgia/South Carolina) *


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 or near 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 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!

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 over 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 9 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


Rodney and Tonya

I wanted to tat since I was about seven years old. I did not find my first shuttle until I was 19 and taught myself how to tat that first night. Now I have been tatting for over twenty-five years. For over 2 years I have taught at Michael’s Arts and Crafts and privately taught for many more. I have demonstrated my tatting at various Civil War Reenactments throughout the years. I have 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.

Vicki Clarke (Ontario, Canada) *


email: victats@gmail.com


I started tatting many years ago but was limited in my scope. My tatting has improved over the years due to the help of tatters on the internet and tatting seminars. I have a self published book called “Tatting the Stone” and plan on publishing a book of tatted bracelets with beads in 2015. I love to attend seminars and talk to others who are just as crazy about tatting. My goals this year are to enjoy both the experience of teaching classes and taking tatting classes… and maybe learn how to make a consistently sized cluny.

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 Theresa O.and Melinda at teachers@palmettotatters.org

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

General Registration Questions: Teresa W. - Registrar at registrar@palmettotatters.org

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