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14th Annual

Tat Days 2016
September 9-10

"Tatting is out of this world!"

Updated June 4, 2016

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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!

Anita Barry (Virginia)
Carol Lowe (North Carolina)
Erin Holloway Moseley (Tennessee)
Georgia Seitz (Illinois/Alaska)
Jane Eborall (Stratford-upon-Avon)
Karey Solomon (New York)
Kathy Hodge (Tennessee)
Lauren Snyder (Washington)
Martha Ess (North Carolina)

Mimi Dillman (Washington)
Nina Libin (New York)
Paige Deputy (North Carolina)
Phyllis Schmidt (Georgia)
Richard Embrey (Virginia)
Riet Surtel-Smeulders (The Netherlands)
Sandra Eichelberger (Georgia/South Carolina)
Shawna Wachs (Kentucky)
Sherry Pence (Mississippi)

Anita Barry (Virginia) *


e-mail: anita.bothyfarm@comcast.net

A County Extension Service Homemaker taught me to tat sitting elbow to elbow 21 years ago in southern Maryland. What a gift she gave me! A hobby that fits in my pocket!

Fast forward to 2014…I completed the International Organization of Lace, Inc., Tatting Technical Proficiency Program. Since then, I’ve completed Tatters Across Time, Inc., Tatting Proficiency Program Phase I & II and started Phase III. I encourage others to step out beyond one’s comfort zone. What you’ll find is amazing! I love sharing my passion for tatting, inspiring others and being inspired!

I live in Virginia’s horse country with my husband and sons on a farm with 2 horses, a dog & cats. We planted lavender this year and are starting a lavender farm.

Carol Lowe (North Carolina) *


email: cnlowe@yahoo.com

I learned to tat from my mother’s mother. Tatting is my favorite pastime as well as a tie to my past. I have enjoyed teaching relatives, sharing the art with total strangers, and teaching classes in multiple venues. Our tatting cousins enjoy Tat Days both as a family gathering and also as a time to meet new tatters and to 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!

Erin Holloway Moseley (Tennessee) *


email: tataconic@bellsouth.net

Erin and Sharren

Erin, Where is this staircase?

I was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee. I’ve had a love affair with thread and yarn my entire life. I’ve left behind a trail of thread crumbs and yarnage measuring in the miles by now. Granny taught me to crochet when I was wee little, 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 Granny gave me 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. My how my skills have grown since then. Now in retirement I’m loving that I have more time to design and play with techniques – some new and some old.

I have attended all but the very first Palmetto Tat Days and have had the honor of being an aide and teacher at several of the events. Every year I have the good fortune to reconnect with dear friends, as well as make new ones. Tat Days is truly one of the highlights I anticipate every year.

Georgia Seitz (Illinois/Alaska) *


email: aktatter@aol.com

Georgia and Richard

It is hard to believe that I have been tatting for 37 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 12th 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 2016!

Georgia Seitz www.georgiaseitz.com


Jane Eborall (Stratford-upon-Avon) *


email: itatlots@gmail.com

I live in Stratford-upon-Avon, U.K and have been shuttle tatting for 60 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 so I often resorted to sewing threads.

My ‘career’ as a designer started with a desire to make 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 before I discovered the internet in it's very early days. A desire to share my patterns 'encouraged' me to start a web site where all my free patterns can be found.

Roughly 8 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) http://tatitandsee.blogspot.co.uk/. It has proved a very useful learning tool for tatters who participate – and for me!

I also have a blog to tell about my life in ‘Tat Land’ http://janeeborall.blogspot.com/ and this keeps me motivated to tat and design too.

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.

Karey Solomon (New York) *


email: threads@empacc.net


Celebrating the 25th anniversary year of the tatting journal Tatting Times, I have been tatting a long time – and loving (almost) every minute of it! I am the author of 28 collections of tatting patterns; have taught internationally since 1998; and write the tatting column for the journal for the International Organization for Lace (IOLI). I am also known for unusual hand-dyed threads. A founding member of the Finger Lakes Tatting Group, I am one of the organizers for the 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.



Kathy Hodge (Tennessee) *


email: hodgekat.planetc@gmail.com

Kathy Hodge

I have a passion for making things with my hands and enjoy many needlework arenas. My paternal grandmother taught me to crochet at an early age but when I later discovered tatting and wanted to learn to tat from her she had experienced a stroke and did not have use of one side of her body. She had difficulty showing me the proper technique and, not being a prize pupil, we both gave up in frustration. I then tried to teach myself from a DMC book, but just could not get the hang of it.

Finally, about 7 years ago I was fortunate to be able to take classes at a local needlework shop. My first attempt at flipping the thread resulted in a serious stab wound to my hand! Thankfully I graduated from that fiasco and learned to tat! Since then I have utilized tatting as a ministry by tatting crosses to send overseas on mission trips and for breast cancer awareness. I feel tatting has been such a blessing in my life because it is a creative outlet and also allowed me to become acquainted with many wonderful tatters and mentors through the internet tatting community and Palmetto Tatting Guild.

Lauren Snyder (Washington) *


email: L.Snyder@aceweb.com

Lauren Snyder

The first thing you will notice about me is my green glasses. I have Essential Tremor. The green lenses reduce my tremor. It is easier to tat without the shaking.

I learned to tat at an Experimental Aircraft Association Fly-in in 1993. I learned only rings, and went away happily practicing rings and picots to make flowers. I did a lot of tatting in public as I could do strings of rings anywhere. I decorated a ton of note cards and even sold a few. A year later I decided that I wanted to do chains as well and that is when I started classes with Bobbie Demmer. I never looked back. She taught us all sorts of techniques, each week a new one. What an amazing education.

I started teaching in 2000 at a Camp Wanna Tat meeting. I have taught at 4, most recently last fall. I have also taught at the Spokane Shuttlebirds Workshops, and I teach at my local Ben Franklin store. I also quilt, embroider and paint and Crazy Quilting is a love of mine. Embellishing is FUN! I like to do quick things, so complicated techniques are out, unless it will help me accomplish something I cannot accomplish any other way. I am looking forward to my first Pametto gathering.

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/

Mimi Dillman (Washington) *


email: mimi.dillman@gmail.com

Mimi Dillman

I have been tatting since the summer of 1982, when I taught myself the basics from a couple of general crafting books (back when there was no Internet!). After moving to the Seattle area a few years later, I joined the Lacemakers of Puget Sound in its first year, and was lucky enough to learn more advanced techniques from mentors such as Monica Hahn, Bev Dillon, and Diana Howe. Once I got the cluny down from Mona, the rest was history! I have taught on line as well as in person at the Shuttlebirds Tatting Workshop, Palmetto Tat Days, a Freeway Lace Guild retreat, and a short class at the IOLI 2010 in Portland.


Nina Libin (New York)


email: nina.libin@gmail.com

or nlibin@beanile.com

Nina Libin

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

Paige Deputy (North Carolina) *


email: paigedeputy@gmail.com

I was always interested in the arts, from ceramics to music, to fiber arts. After moving to NC and taking a class on weaving, I discovered tatting from my mother who was learning it at the senior center. I have been tatting for 6 years now and learned how to shuttle tat five years ago from Sue Miller. This is my first time teaching at Tat Days; although, I helped my mother with her night owl class last year.

Outside of tatting, I have a degree in Interior Design and pursuing an architecture degree. My webpage is www.paigedeputydesigns.com which houses an overview of everything I have done for school and personal projects.


Phyllis Schmidt (Georgia) *


email: temp20003@yahoo.com

Phyllis Schmidt

My Grandmother taught me basic rings, chains and a couple of edgings 50+ years ago. I increased my knowledge by purchasing my first tatting book tatting more complex patterns.

After a tatting void for family and work, I was introduced back into the tatting world by my daughter in 2011. This has been a great opportunity to learn many new techniques and tips from the many teachers, blogs and Facebook groups.

I have attended the last four Tat Days with my first year teaching at in 2015.

My tatting pieces have been entered at our local fair. I enjoy sharing this art with others. Ribbons are a nice secondary reward.

Tatting is usually carried with me so when I have down time, I am ready to tat. Small motifs are carried with me 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/

Richard Embrey (Virginia) *


email: faerlic@gmail.com

Richard and Anita

I reside in beautiful Casanova located in the Piedmont area of Virginia.

I have been shuttle tatting since 2010 when a friend at work suggested we learn shuttle tatting. I enjoy learning new things so learn I did, from YouTube. I enjoy making snowflakes and trims. I joined the Piedmont Lace Guild n January 2015. I have learned so much since joining, including the mysterious pearl tatting I had seen online in an old Mlle Reigo publication. I am truly thankful for all the help and encouragement my friends at the Piedmont Lace Guild have given me.

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

Sandra Eichelberger

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 photography, pottery, crochet, and other needle crafts. I like to laugh a LOT! In a past life, I received a BA in theater and I worked as a costume designer. I now live in Decatur GA, a great walkable urban area 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 my (now grown) sons - 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 over 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 11 Tat Days events, and love being here and rubbing shoulders with such wonderfully talented and friendly people.

Sherry Pence (Mississippi) *


email: ladyshuttlemaker@hotmail.com

Sherry Pence


I have been tatting since 1987. I combine my love of pottery and tatting by creating one-of-a-kind ceramic, and precious metal tatting shuttles. After discovering the online world of tatting, I found inspiration to follow other tatting pursuits such as blogging, designing, teaching, and writing. I received my “Master Tatter” certificate in 2009. I have authored four tatting books. I also enjoy hand dyeing the highest quality threads and silks, as well as many other tatting pursuits.

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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