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!
Over the years I’ve come to the conclusion that many people are closet tatters! I keep hearing about more and more people that tat but when I was trying to learn no-one admitted to doing it. My brother’s high school wrestling coach tats!
I have spent many years teaching family and friends how to tat. In 2002, I checked the internet for tatting information and was amazed by the wealth of information and supplies.
I contributed a pattern to Flowers of Lace Put a Smile on Your Face Fundraiser pattern book. I also entered a pattern called the Palm Heart in the Palmetto Logo Contest last year. It is one of the heart patterns on the 2008 Tat Days CD. I keep a blog about my tatting at victats.blogspot.com. I love to find ways to use tatting in everyday life.
I live in Stratford-upon-Avon, U.K and have been tatting since the age of 13 when my grandmother and I learnt to tat together.
I have always loved bright colours and unusual things to make and at that time (the mid fifties) there were few patterns around that appealed to a teenager! This has strongly influenced what I like to make now and I try to cater for children as well as adult tastes.
My ‘career’ as a designer started with a need to make unusual earrings and has progressed from a simple start.
Two 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 idea has been taken up by several other designers and has proved a very useful learning tool for tatters who participate.
I have a web site with some of my patterns on and use my blog to tell about my life in ‘Tat Land’.
I have taught at Tat Days in the past and look forward to meeting up with old friends and new.
When my mother was a little bitty girl, her grandmother showed her an ivory shuttle and told her she could have it if she learned how to tat. Well, she didn't learn and she didn’t get the shuttle. Many years passed until one summer when I was home from college, my mother suggested I try tatting since I had already picked up assorted other needlecrafts. I had never heard the word "tatting" before, much less seen any, but I found some books at the public library and a metal shuttle at Woolworths and eventually I got the hang of it.
I dabbled with tatting off and on over the years, including having a few of my patterns accepted by Workbasket magazine. The turning point came around 2000, when I decided to check out that Internet thing everyone was talking about. All of a sudden, there were people to talk to about tatting, and techniques I had never heard of before. Tatting had become exciting. I took up designing again, posted patterns online, and published my own books. Another high point was attending the original Palmetto Tat Days in 2003. For the first time in my life I was in the actual presence of someone else (lots of someones!) who was tatting. I have been honored to be chosen to teach at the Palmetto TatDays in 2006, 2007, 2008, and now 2009, and at the Finger Lakes (Hector) Tatting Convention in 2008 and 2009. Besides numerous online patterns, I have self published four books, New Critters on the Block, Tat’s Amore, Holidays on the Block, and Tea is for Tatting.
Postscript: My aunt has given me an ivory-colored pumpkin seed shuttle that she found in the old family farmhouse. I like to think it is the same one my great grandmother had all those years ago.
Hello from Hope Green, love2tat, formerly from Miami, Fl where I delivered mail for 33 years. I
have been tatting for nearly 30 years, and tatting runs in the blood- both of my grandmothers
tatted. In fact, my maternal grandmother put the first tatting shuttle in my hand when I was early
20’s and I still have the ring and chain I made that day. About 10 years later I started tatting.
Back then it was hard to find other tatters, and this passion led me online- discovering tatters
around the world! I am happiest teaching 1 on 1, and love mentoring online. In Miami people want
instant gratification- and have no patience for learning a craft. I found myself teaching women
who wanted to learn - from Pakistan, Venezuela, Cuba, Brazil, Ecuador, and my best student ever
from Japan. She and I used a Japanese/American dictionary and she added filet crochet to my
In 2004, I got to come to my first Tat Days- and it was quite overwhelming. It was a special magical
place and time- so many old and new friends met. I cherish the hospitality and love offered by all
that I have met here in SC. And it is a magnet that draws me back each year.
I have now retired and moved to Tucson, Arizona- which for me is Paradise. I live in a wonderful
home in the desert- with a mountain and saguaro studded view from my windows, and the pleasure of
seeing coyotes, roadrunners and hummingbirds year round. I find joy in each day- and celebrate how
different life is out here in the west.
It is such a pleasure to travel back to Tat Days and join you all once again. Tatters are the most
sharing and caring of people. The synergy of being here amongst all of you is AWESOME! And this
year- for the first time I can go home as a retired person and have the time to play with all the
ideas and threads that I will take back with me. Such is heaven on earth.
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. That’s fancy academese for The One Who Sits in the Corner and Pulls Her Hair
Out. I work in a Dilbert-type cube, but I do have a window where I can see the
mountains on a clear day. I’m a true hillbilly.
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 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’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.
My name is Nina G. Libin, born in St. Petersburg, Russia, so my first language is Russian.
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.
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, some needle tatting, and
cro-tat occasionally. As to beads, sometimes I include traditional beading techniques in my jewelry design, but mostly string and arrange beads as the first step, an essential part of BEANILE Lace.
Check out my web page, too, at http://www.beanile.com.
I have been tatting now for over 20 years. I got the basics from a class which taught me to make standard rings and chains, but not how to add thread! I have learned a lot on my own, and from my tatting friends. I am a self-taught needle tatter as well, and have taught both needle and shuttle tatting classes at previous Palmetto Tat Days. I continue to explore new ideas for tatting techniques, and devising new patterns that will utilize them. I enjoy interacting with other tatters both as a student and as a teacher.
I have received several blue ribbons at our Palmetto Tat Days competitions as well as at the South Carolina State Fair.
My patterns have been published online, on the Palmetto Tatters Guild website, and on our Tat Days pattern CDs. I love to see items people have tatted from my patterns, and it’s a thrill every time I see one!
I have been tatting since 1974. I have designed and published Tatting Times for 18 years and am the author of 21 pattern collections: most recently, “Basketats,” “Here Be Dragons,” “Tatting Elegant Edgings,” and “Flutter Home.” I have taught at tatting workshops in America, including for the Palmetto Tatters Guild Tat Days, the Shuttlebird Tatting Guild in Spokane, Washington, at the Tatting Seminars in Hector (which I co-organize); at conferences sponsored by the International Old Lacers, Inc.; in Canada for the Fringe Element Tatting Guild and for the Maple Leaf Tatters; as well as for several tatting groups in England.
I live in the wine country in rural Upstate New York where I work as a freelance writer and own a yarns-and-threads shop, Graceful Arts Fiber Studio.
I’ve won several IOLI “Fastest tatter” awards; my tatting has won ribbons at the New York State Fair including, most recently, a blue in 2008 for a doily I designed.
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 learn 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 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/
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