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Updated June 11, 2020

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About Us

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

Welcome to the website of the Palmetto Tatters! We are a group of folks in South Carolina (and some from North Carolina, Georgia, and Tennesee, too) who were brought together by one common thread...our love of tatting. Tatting is a craft that has become popularly known as a "lost" or "dying" art, but we know better! And, we are dedicated to demonstrating, teaching, and doing anything else we can to educate the people around us about this beautiful craft.

What is Tatting?

  • Tatting is the art of making handmade lace by looping and knotting a single thread on a small shuttle or special needle
  • Tatting can be documented approximately to the early 19th century.
Click on the picture for a much larger image.
(Thanks to Lori Dunlap for these tatting examples.)

How to Tat: In this video clip, you will see the basic method of tatting. Learn to tat with Georgia Seitz. Basic Tatting Video Clip (WMV) or Basic Tatting (MP4). (Will take 15 to 30 minutes or longer to download. You may wish to save a copy to your computer for repeated viewing.) If you wish to share this video, please refer your friends to this web page. Thank you.

Basic tatting is done in many ways. If you wish to see demos of more methods, we refer you to our Tatting Hands video which we have for purchase as a fundraiser to help fund our teaching of tatting.

Membership in PTG is almost free....we just ask for one simple butterfly to share at our SC State Fair booth once a year. Of course, members are more than welcome to donate more than one!

Folks wishing more information about the Palmetto Tatters Guild may email our membership person at membership@palmettotatters.org or write us at Palmetto Tatters Guild, P.O. Box 1597, Lexington, SC 29071. You may request to be added to our membership and to be added to the email newsletter listing.

Current Officers





And a few of our GREAT volunteers!
(in random order)

The Board
President: Theresa Orren at president@palmettotatters.org
Vice President: vp@palmettotatters.org
Past President: Donna Thompson
Secretary: secretary@palmettotatters.org
Treasurer: Wanda Tripp at treasurer@palmettotatters.org
Membership Coordinator and Hostess: membership@palmettotatters.org 
Program Coordinators: program@palmettotatters.org
Web Master: Donna Thompson at web@palmettotatters.org

Volunteers we could not function without!
Tat Day Co-Chairs
: Donna Thompson and Theresa Orren at tatdays@palmettotatters.org 
      Other Vital volunteers for Tat Days can be found at https://www.palmettotatters.org/events/TatDays2020/Contacts.shtml
State Fair Co-Chairs
: Pam Freck & Donna Thompson at statefair@palmettotatters.org
Butterfly Chairman and helpers: Questions? Write Donna and Pam at butterflies@palmettotatters.org
Librarian & Historian: Barbara Hevener at librarian@palmettotatters.org
Location Manager: Pam Freck & Theresa Orren
Photographer: Donna Thompson at web@palmettotatters.org (unless noted otherwise)

Important Documents

PTG Bylaws


Previous Officers

President: Teresa Woods (2002-2004), Pam Freck (2004-2006), Lori Dunlap (2006-2008), Karen Lowrimore (2008-2010), Donna Thompson (2010-2012), Teresa Woods (2012-2014)
Secretary: Bonnie Stroman, Janice Cooper, Hope Bates, Sharren Morgan
Treasurer: Sharren Morgan, Teresa Woods, Gail Hitchcock, Hope Bates, Wanda Tripp
Membership Coordinator and Hostess: Jean Carelock, Karen Lowrimore, Barbara Key, Hegla Hess, Fred Worley
Program Coordinator: Joy Critchfield, Pam Freck, Teresa Woods, Katharine Buckner, Joanie Culverhouse, Marie Smith
Location Manager: Jeanette Swygert, Pam Freck
Web Master: Donna Thompson
Butterfly Chairmen and helpers : Betty Magill, Faye Baker, Kim Murphy, Sheron Goldin, Lori Dunlap, Bonnie Geiger, Judy Tabor, Pam Freck, Riet Surtel-Smuelders, State Fair Chairs
State Fair Co-Chairs: Katharine Buckner, Donna Thompson, Pam Freck
Quartermaster: Jo Ann Abraham, Judy Tabor
Librarian and Historian: Janice Cooper, Bonnie Geiger, Bonnie Stroman, Barbara Hevener
Tat Day Co-Chairs: Joy Critchfield, Teresa Woods, Lori Dunlap, Marie Smith, Karen Lowrimore, Bonnie Geiger, Joanie Culverhouse, Hope Bates, Donna Thompson & Theresa Orren
Photographer: Donna Thompson and others

2004-2006 Officers
(Did you click on the picture?)

First Slate of Officers
Elected May 25, 2002



President: Teresa Woods
Secretary: Bonnie Stroman
Treasurer: Sharren Morgan
Membership Coordinator: Jean Carelock
Program Coordinator: Joy Critchfield
Location Manager: Jeanette Swygert
Web Master: Donna Thompson
Butterfly Chairmen: Sheron Goldin

Back Row: Sheron, Teresa, Sharren, Jean
Front Row: Donna, Bonnie, Joy

The first "official" meeting of the Palmetto Tatters, January 2001

Back Row: Teresa, Pat, Joy, Carrie, Carolyn, Jean
Front Row: Donna, Katie

History Pictures Pictures

Palmetto Tatters Guild is recognized for more than 1400 volunteer demonstration hours in 2005-2006 at the I.O.L.I. Annual Convention in Montréal, Québec, Canada, July 2006. The I.O.L.I. President, Louise Colgan, awarded three Charter groups a Certificate of Achievement for demonstrating the art of making lace for more than 1000 hours in a single year.

PTG was SCIway's "South Carolina Web Site of the Day" on February 7, 2002 and May 30 & 31, 2005.

The PTG site WON the South Carolina Web Site Award and the Cool4Kids Award, first quarter of 2002.

More Awards


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

If you have any questions about this website please email the webmaster at web@palmettotatters.org
If you have any questions about the Palmetto Tatters, please email the president@palmettotatters.org  
or membership@palmettotatters.org.
Folks may also write our Membership Coordinator if they would like to join The Palmetto Tatters as a local or long-distance member. 

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