Tat Days 2010
THANKS, Jane Eborall for the tatting for our logo
and Rick Culverhouse for the theme.

8th Annual

"Fall Into Tatting "
August 27-28

Meet Our Teachers

Updated August 22, 2010
(Night Owl Class Info added-Anitra and Riet)


Martha Ess

Sharren Morgan

Wally Sosa

Erin Holloway

Georgia Seitz

Anitra Stone

Nina Libin

Karey Solomon

Riet Surtel-Smeulders

Martha Ess




Well, I used to be an average, dull, boring, shy person. I majored in English, with a vague idea of wanting to write books someday, but I dropped out to get married and have babies. Along the way, I had learned to tat from a library book and occasionally produced a doily or set of edged pillowcases. Sometimes I would even make up my own small motifs. Years went by, the kids got bigger, and one of them introduced me to the Internet. There I found tatting techniques and designs like I had never dreamed of. And there were a lot of really nice people out there I could talk to. I went from being painfully shy to having friends all over the world. My tatting grew more colorful, both literally and figuratively. A glance at my webpage shows patterns, not only for traditional angels and butterflies, but also a skull bracelet, an intestinal parasite, and a nekkid mermaid. Have I become a wild and crazy tatter?

One of the best things to happen is the opportunity to get together in person with my tatting friends. I have attended all but one of the Palmetto TatDays and was honored to be chosen to teach in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009. I have also taught at the Finger Lakes Tatting Convention (Hector, NY) in 2008 and 2009.

I lack the imagination to write the novels I once daydreamed of, but I have written four tatting pattern books: New Critters on the Block, Tat’s Amore, Holidays on the Block, and Tea is for Tatting.

http://marthas-tatting-blog.blogspot.com              http://my.att.net/p/s/community.dll?ep=16&groupid=318278&ck=

Erin Holloway



Hope and Erin

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. 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’ve had the wonderful good fortune to teach at Tat Days several times. I will always treasure my memories and experiences of each Tat Days.

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. Heh.

Nina Libin




My name is Nina G. Libin, born in St. Petersburg, Russia, so my first language is Russian.

I have designed BEANILE jewelry since 1985, and taught beaded lace and tatting (all levels) since the late 1980s. 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 stringing and arranging beads is the first step and essential part of BEANILE Lace.

Check out my web page, too, at http://www.beanile.com.

Sharren Morgan




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!

Georgia Seitz


(Updated Class Levels Aug 1. You will be FINE!)



I have now been leading the Online Tatting Class for 11 years. Although I have published or edited 7 books, I find the greatest personal and professional satisfaction comes from teaching new tatters. I have taught at many IOLI functions and local guilds: IOLI 2000, 2002, 2008, and 2009 conventions, Palmetto Tatters Guild Tat Days, Hector Lace Days, The Lacemakers of Puget Sound, Spokane Shuttlebirds, Camp Wannatat, The Fringe Element Lace Days, Freeway Lacers Workshop and private workshops.

Book 1 Tatting Alaskan Style
Book 2 Tatting: It's Not Just Doilies Anymore!
Book 3 Tatting Tiny Treasures: Miniature Tatting for Dollhouses
Book 4 Tatting on the Edge...and Beyond
Book 5 Tatting with Friends (ed)
Book 6 Tatting Talk: A Self-Improvement Guide for Tatters
Tatting Online, the 1999 Official Tat Chat Pattern Book (ed)

Website: http://www.georgiaseitz.com

Karey Solomon




I’ve been tatting for more than 35 years. Almost 20 years ago, when I had the most demanding job of my life – as an editor at a daily newspaper, I had to sit down with myself to decide which of my many hobbies I could keep along with my job. What was the one thing I couldn’t bear to give up? It was tatting. I began designing for, writing and publishing Tatting Times – and realized I HAD to tat on a nearly daily basis to keep up with it. How neat is that? Here’s some of what I’ve been up to (publishing history, from the most recent, back).

¤ TATTING BY THE BOOK – Just published! Mark your page – or a special occasion – with fun-to-tat bookmarks to make any book more interesting and worth returning to! Charms, tatting challenges and a variety of techniques enliven these designs. Patterns are written out, illustrated and diagrammed.

¤ BASKETATS – Contain your enthusiasm with baskets, some decorative, some useful, some to take your tatting in a new direction with materials and techniques that haven’t been often used to create tatting that stands up by itself!.

¤ HERE BE DRAGONS – Using a lot of beads and manipulating threads to keep the beads where you want them, creating four dragons from the newborn hatchling to the mature white dragon becomes almost frighteningly easy! Choose your dragon by the size of the project or the sort of chocolate you need to protect. All have wings.

¤ FLUTTER HOME – Things with wings take flight in a collection of mostly butterfly patterns that also includes an easy dragonfly, two ladybugs and a hum of bees. 2007/2008

¤ TATTING TURNS OVER A NEW LEAF – Tatted leaves are a favorite motif – when you can find them! Here’s a pile to jump on – silver maple to oak, gingko, sassafras, dandelion hop hornbeam and more. The patterns range from easy to complex. ( 2005)

And MORE books...

Wally Sosa




I have taught at Palmetto's before (2004) plus have been giving private classes.

I have 4 published books of original patterns.

Recently I became certified by the Puerto Rican Culture Institute as an Artisan in Tattting Lace. Also, I am the administrator of Frivolite en Español on Ning, a group dedicated to teaching and promoting Tatting for Spanish speakers. And, I am the main teacher of the Online Tatting Class in Spanish.

In the past Palmetto's events, I have won several ribbons for exhibited works.

Anitra Stone


Updated Make and Take a Card with Anitra's Butterfly



I’ve been tatting since 1/1/1980. I was published in The Workbasket Magazine August 1989 issue. I’ve taught tatting on an individual basis, through Wake Technical Community College’s Continuing Education program, and at the Pine of Carolina Girl Scouts Spring Leaderee Conferences since 2000. I taught at Tat Days 2008. I’ve been a member of the NC State Fair’s Village of Yesteryear since 1999, and was named Female Craftsman of the Year in 2007.

Tatting has become my solace and my obsession! I really look forward to attending Tat Days as 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 I have floating around in my head....

Riet Surtel-Smeulders

(Added picture Aug 8)




Riet and Nora

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 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/

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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