19th Annual Tat Days 2021, August 26-29


"Miles of Tatting"

Miles of Tatting Logo

Thank you Arlene M., Anitra S. & Pam F. for our great dual themes.
Thank you
Marla R. and Mark M. for the logo design.


MEET OUR 2020 TEACHERS (Updated March 12, 2021)


2021 Teachers

Anita Barry (VA->FL) Melissa Deputy (NC)
Arlene Medder (NC) Mike Lyon (AL)
Bonnie Swank (VA) Phyllis Schmidt (GA)
Donna Denny (FL) Richard Embrey (VA)
Erin Holloway Moseley (TN) Shawna Wachs (KY)
Gretchen Miller (NC) Teresa Woods (MT)
Heidi Nakayama (CA) Victoria Ong (IL)
Kaye Judt (IN)  

Teachers: If there are any needed corrections to your class information, please let me know, web@palmettotatters.org. Thank you.


Anita Barry


Anita Barry

Hello. I’m Anita Barry. I have enjoyed shuttle tatting for 26 years, designing patterns and Anita Barry

tatting two proficiency programs. I live in Virginia with my husband on a lavender farm. Tatting has been an exciting journey for me. It is my passion. It has kept me healthy. During this past year with COVID-19, I feel being creative with tatting kept me positive, calm, and happy. Tatted aided in keeping me happy and healthy. I am blessed I learned to tat years ago and that it is part of my life. I love learning new tatting facts and techniques. I love sharing the information with others. And, I LOVE PALMETTO TAT DAYS!!! So good to be with you and see you! Email me at Anita.BothyFarm@comcast.net.


Arlene Medder


Arlene Medder

I learned to tat in college, as a creative outlet more suitable to the space Arlene Medder 2020

constraints of a dorm room.

I continued to tat to fidget, to fill time creatively, and for beauty. I have done demos for years and helped teach others to tat. I’ve won ribbons for pieces in the NC State Fair, from honorable mention to first place. I hope to live up to my title of Empress and remember to bring my tiara.


Bonnie Swank


Bonnie Swank


I taught myself to tat from Barbara Fosters Needle Tatting Books 1 & 2 Bonnie Swank

that my mother-in-law bought me at a church rummage sale. I had never heard of tatting before but it soon became my obsession! My aunt told me that my grandmother used to tat and I mourned the years I could have been knotting lace with her! In addition to needle tatting, I am proficient at shuttle tatting, teneriffe lace, netted lace and am currently learning bobbin lace - but needle tatting remains my true love!
I teach and/or demonstrate tatting at local yarn stores, our senior center, civil war/living history events (in costume using period shuttles of course), the county fair, libraries, museums, elementary schools, and even at the Smithsonian Museum of American History! One of the true joys of my life has been meeting Nina Libin at Tat Days and being blessed in test tatting and working with her in bringing her true vision of BEANILE lace to needle tatters, for which she graciously gave me coauthor credit for Lace of Beads #21 Essential Bead Tatting Part III-2/Symmetrical Beaded Split Rings and Lace of Beads #24 Advanced Bead Tatting -11a Beaded Maltese Rings.
I am a member of the Piedmont Lace Guild of VA, the Chesapeake Region Lace Guild, and IOLI. I am currently working on the Apprentice -Phase I o f the Tatters Across Time Proficiency Program (YES, they will accept a needle tatted entry!)

Donna Denny

Donna Denny


New Teacher for 2021Donna Denny and Friends
I learned to Tat in 1971. In 1980, I met Mary Sue Kuhn, who was in the process of writing her third book, and we became fast friends. Mary Sue taught me how to tat Split Rings; she also was instrumental in getting my first pattern, a 3-dimentional Christmas bell, published in Better Homes and Gardens Christmas Issue in 1986.
I taught tatting at Lee Wards Craft Store in the 1990’s and since then, to anyone who will sit still long enough to listen.
For 50 years, tatting has been my passion. I have designed many projects, a 3D Christmas tree, a 3D Christmas stocking, and, of course, my Christmas bell. I love tatting on Christmas balls, and always create a new design each year. Handmade purses are an obsession of mine, and I have designed several little tatted purses. I never sell anything; I share my tatting with my friends.

Doug Wachs


Doug Wachs the Hiker

Let's take an hour or so break, rest our eyes, and stretch our legs on an

Doug on a Nature Walkadventure to meet our new Tat Days home – outside.


Born and raised in Central Kentucky with three sisters and Mom I was never far from the beauty of one textile art or another – embroidery, quilting, knitting, cross stitch and crochet were all staples at home and now I've gone and married a tatter!

I've tried my hand at all of these and enjoy our quilting weekend for Valentines’ with Shawna. But I've been drawn to the natural beauty in the woods - with college work in Botany, Greenhouse & Horticulture, I finally settled down to serving as a Horticulture Therapist with the Dept. of Veteran's Affairs where I got to share the wonders of nature. Also, while serving in Scouting for nearly 50 years now, I've enjoyed sharing all types of outdoor adventures with others.


Let's go for a 1.2 mile walk, roll or stroll on the paved trail and discover our leafy, feathered, scaled or furry friends on the shores of Lake Junaluska!

Erin Holloway Moseley



I was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee. Erin and Raymond
I’ve had a love affair with thread and yarn my entire live. 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.

Gretchen Miller


Gretchen Miller

New Teacher for 2021
By formal training, I am actually a geologist, but I have always been interested in creating things. My first artistic passion was embroidery, which I started as a child, and I designed and stitched some of my own cross-stitch patterns as a teenager. Then I learned to tat lace when I was in college and fell in love with the endless shapes that can be created with nothing but knotted thread. I have taken numerous classes to learn additional embroidery and tatting techniques over the years. I have also been tatting with the Tri-Tatters in Raleigh, North Carolina, since the group started getting together in 2007, and I have participated in many demonstrations with the group to teach the general public about tatting.
More recently I started taking jewelry classes at a local store where I gained a variety of metalsmithing skills, and then learned several techniques to enamel on metal. I deeply enjoy working with metal and enamel, and seeing the designs I see in my head come to life in the pieces I create. Once I felt comfortable with all of these different media and techniques, I started putting them together to make each piece of jewelry. I have entered several of my original pieces in the North Carolina State Fair, first as an amateur and now as a professional, and each item has won a ribbon. One pendant and earring set that I created even took Best of Show.
With encouragement from my teachers and others familiar with my work, I decided to put all of my artistic endeavors together and Tattered Armadillo was born! My primary profession is still geology. I am a professor at the local community college, but during breaks I focus on creating my jewelry. In addition to selling my own original finished jewelry, I also sell kits for other tatters so they can create their own works of wearable art by tatting onto my enameled metal pieces. I also taught a class on tatting an edging onto enameled metal for tatters at the 2019 North Carolinas Regional Lacers Lace Day.
Email: gretchen.miller111@gmail.com
Website: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TatteredArmadillo

Heidi Nakayama


http://tattingshuttles.blogspot.com/ and https://tattingshuttles.weebly.com

Heidi Nakayama

New Teacher for 2021
Ever since I was very young, I’ve always loved sewing and needlework. My Aunt Stella taught me to tat the winter of 1987. Shortly after I learned to tat, I began collecting shuttles and in 2002, I self-published the book “Tatting Shuttles of America Collectors.” I have given lectures on the subject at the International Organization of Lace, Inc., Thimble Collectors International conventions, and several other venues. In 2017 with the permission of Dora Young’s grandson, I republished her 1974 book “All New Knotless Tatting Designs” including her biography. Last year I published a new book, “Tatting Designs by Pam Palmer.” With Pam’s blessing, I produced this final book of her unpublished workshop designs. I have taught tatting at Camp WannaTat (MT), Shuttlebirds workshops (WA & ID), and Lacemakers of Puget Sound (WA). I have also taught in Japan for the Japan Tatting Association’s International Workshops in 2010, 2014, and 2017. I enjoy demonstrating and sharing my love of tatting wherever I go.
Websites: http://tattingshuttles.blogspot.com/ and https://tattingshuttles.weebly.com

Kaye Judt



Kaye Judt

Tatting since 1992, I have shared my passion for this art forKaye Judt
the past 25 years through teaching and designing. I have five published books on tatting: Oh My Stars!, Motifs for Marie, A Little o’ This A Little O’ Tat, Treasures in Tatting and More of This and Tat. I have taught tatting at various venues in the US and Canada for many years.

I am also an ardent embroiderer and quilter and a member of Indianapolis Chapter EGA (Embroiderer’s Guild of America); National Academy of Needlearts (NAN); and the Quilters’ Hall of Fame. I have taught embroidery nationally since 2013 and I am a certified embroidery teacher with the National Academy of Needlearts.

I am a sample maker for Windham Fabrics Company and part owner of KJLA Designs-creators of Craftemari kits.
See my website at https://www.kayejudt.com/, to see examples of my work, to view my tatting videos, and to see my teaching schedule.

Melissa Deputy



Melissa Deputy

I became interested in tatting in Indiana after seeing tatting for sale in a senior center display case. I was lucky enough to find a tatting class teaching needle tatting (which I didn’t know existed). I was lucky enough that my daughter, Paige, was interested and I taught her a little bit. She got online and went crazy with making connections, one of which was Martha Ess who recommended Sue Miller, who then taught me to shuttle tat.
I’ve been tatting since 2009. I have taught in the past, both individually and through our local arts center. I maintain a website, so we have somewhere to send people who want to learn to tat. I’m setting up a new class through our public library.

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Mike Lyon


Mike Lyon

I am a retired rocket scientist (really!) and now spend my time tatting original Mike Lyondesigns
and teaching Scottish bagpipes.

My tatting journey to this point is somewhat out of the ordinary, a combination of coincidence and heredity. When I was about 6 years old, my mother – a “sometimes” tatter – gave me one or two lessons on how to hold a shuttle and make a basic ring. Like any 6-year old boy, tatting was not a primary interest, and so even the thought of tatting lay dormant for some 60 years. In December of 2015, I received a phone call from my niece who said that she had come across one of my mother’s old tatting shuttles and wanted to know if I wanted it. When the shuttle arrived, my curiosity was piqued – could I still remember how to make a ring? The answer was “no”, but with the help of the internet, I was able to recapture the lesson from decades before.
After tatting a doze or so “conventional” doilies and ditties, I began to design my own. In these past 5 years, I have published “Celtic Tatting Designs” in 2011, “Lagniappe” – a 37-inch doily with a unique weaving patter in 2019 (see the Facebook group “Tatting Lagniappe)), “Circulus Vitae” – 1 30-inch design (Facebook group “Circulus Vitae”) as well as numerous smaller pieces, including a popular “Fleur de Lis.” I am also the creator of “Mike’s Laws of Tatting” a compendium of lessons learned during my journey.

I live in Huntsville, Alabama with my wife, Caroline. We have 3 adult children and 4 grandchildren.

Phyllis Schmidt



Phyllis Schmidt

Tatting has become my stress relief … keeping my hands busy and

Phyllis Schmidtrelaxing the mind. Taught by my Grandmother many years ago basic edging of rings and chains, I have progressed and taken it to a level I believe she would be very proud of and amazed. Projects are always kept in work so no matter where I am, I have something to tat.
The internet has brought tatting to a new level. I have met many fellow tatters online and learned a lot from them as well as the teachers from Tat Days. Following various blogs, participating in tat-alongs and ZOOM meetings has kept the spark alive and longing for more. Even my daughter follows fellow tatters and has asked me to tat items for her!
Volunteering at PTG Tat Days keeps me inspired as well. Always something to do and try to assist where I can. This is my 9th year attending as well as teaching for the past several years.
My work has been entered into our local fair and I have received ribbons. I carry my tatting bag with me wherever I go and always have some little tatted items to hand out to those who are interested or to young kids.
My blog is http://phyls-handwork.blogspot.com/. This is where I try and post my works, inspiration and other items related mostly to tatting, although every once in a while something other than tatting happens to appear.

D. Richard Embrey


Richard Embrey


I reside in Casanova, located in the beautiful Piedmont region of Virginia. Richard Embrey

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 have learned a great deal since joining the Piedmont Lace Guild in January 2015, 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 m friends at the Piedmont Lace Guild have given me. I have taught classes at Tat Days 2016, 2019, and 2020. I had a wonderful time each year!
Please stop by The Purple Pumpkin and say hello if you find yourself in Warrenton, VA. Yarnia of Old Town is located in the back room. Please join us for Chat n’ Tat on the last Sunday of the month from January until November.

Shawna Wachs


Shawna Wachs


I started tatting about 25 years ago mostly as a self-taught tatter. Shawna and Doug Dying Shuttles at Tat Days 2020

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 honored and have enjoyed the opportunity to teach at Tat Days for the last several years. I also had the wonderful opportunity to teach at the Finger Lakes Tatting Conference twice.  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, Doug and I have 3 children, two granddaughters, and one grandson.  Besides tatting I enjoy quilting, sewing, and some scrapbooking.  I have a degree in Data Processing, substitute teach for special education classes, help with a Special Olympics swim team, and in my spare time I am a stay-at-home Mom.
I have attended 15 Tat Days events, and love being here and rubbing shoulders with such wonderfully talented and friendly people.

Teresa Woods



Teresa Woods




I am a transplanted Texan from the Llano Estacado region of the Panhandle. Since moving to Montana (via nearly 30 years In North Carolina) in June of 2017, I have been able to pursue my love of hobbies, especially handwork. I began my love of hand work when I was five and had Rubella; my neighbor (a night supervisor of nurses at our little hospital) taught me to crochet. When I was about 10, I watched a cousin trying to teach our paternal grandmother to knit and picked up that craft by listening to my right-handed cousin “mirror” teaching our southpaw grandmother. When my Great, Great Annie passed a couple of years later, my mother gave me the Detach-A-Spool shuttle from the little sewing box and challenged me to teach myself by telling me she thought it was a shuttle and used to make lace. A short walk to the county library and I found that it was sed to make tatted lace. This led to a walk downtown to the crafts section of the T.G. & Y. (a variety store). I found a Coats “Learn to Book” circa 1960 and DMC Tatting Cotton. I could get the first half of the double stitch because the directions and illustrations were clear however we won’t discuss how many times I achieved a Gold Medal in the Frustrated Shuttle Toss because I couldn’t get the second half to work so I could close a ring. I did finally get it and did a few small things from my maternal grandmothers Work Basket books.
Becoming an active teenager (school band, high-level academics as well as a fraternal organization) and then a teenage bride two days after graduating from high school, I put my shuttle, book, and thread away until our oldest son was about 6 months old. I picked up the shuttle and began exploring the library in the larger town where we were living then. The library had an excellent Resource section that contained a couple of Tatting books, among them Elgiva Nicholls “Tatting Techniques.” Voila! My tatting obsession was born and kicked into high gear after we moved to North Carolina and we got a computer at home (thanks to my father-in-law) and a modem. I found the internet Tatting Community and began corresponding with folks and participating in tatting exchanges. I also began corresponding with some folks in the Columbia, SC area and was invited to attend what was probably PTG’s first ‘official’ guild meeting at one of the libraries (probably May 2000). There I met most of those PTG members considered to be Founding Members. It was decided we would meet quarterly but that didn’t last long and became monthly.
I was surprised and stunned when the new organization elected me as their Charter President in 2002 when the Guild officially chartered with IOLI. I was elected President again in 2012 and I have also served as Program Chair and Treasurer. I have attended every PTG Tat Days since the first one in 2003 and can always be found in or around the Vending operations. I have also served as Tat Days registrar since 2014 so my better half has helped out in Vending most of those years. Although not officially a contracted “teacher” for Tat Days previously, I have/will and do answer questions and hold mini-sessions whenever asked. I have also attended other tatting conferences, i.e., Shuttlebirds Workshops (ID), Camp WannaTat (MT), and Tatting Corner (IN). I am active on Facebook and in many of the Tatting groups there and Craftree as well as Ravelry. I have published a number of designs and always have my shuttles in my pocket.
Among my tatting mentors, I have been privileged to know many “famous” names. Among them are Bobbie Demmer, The Shuttle Brothers, Heidi Nakayama, Patti Duff, Mimi Dillman, Deb Arnold, and many of the teachers PTG has been able to attract to Tat Days. In fact, I am always recruiting teachers for PTG wherever I am. I do have a blog (http://teresawoods.blogspot.com) but it doesn’t get updated as often as I should.
In January 2021, I was elected Coordinator (the presiding officer) of Tatters Across, Inc., Tatting Proficiency Program©. I received recognition from that program as a Master Tatter in August of 2008 and was the fourth tatter to receive such recognition.


Teresa Woods and Theresa Orren Teresa Woods and Theresa Orren

Victoria Ong


Victoria Ong


I am a knotted lace artist from Chicago, Illinois, and known for teaching Victoria Ong

and writing about Turkish Oya. My first book, “Flowers in Trhead: Needle Lace for Beginners,” was published in 2018. I published a second book, “Flowers in Threads: Intermediate and Advanced Patters in Needle Lace” in 2019. My project finished with one final book “Flowers in Threads: Lace Edgings” out this year.
My goal is to design new patterns and techniques and make it more accessible to learn this type of lacemaking in the 21st century. There are beginner’s videos on Turkish needle lace on my YouTube channel: Flowers in Threads and a website where I post my own creations and the work of my students online.
Website: www.flowersinthreads.com