I was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee. 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.