Melanie discovered tatting as a teen while growing up in Oregon. It filled the time between practice sessions on the organ and countless rehearsals and performances. After a number of moves, the box with the tatting supplies ended on top and she rediscovered creating lace with a shuttle.
After discovering how much information is available on the Internet, she began to hone her skills. She has earned the Master Tatter bar through the Tatters Across Time program. Now, she happily combines her love of music and tatting by performing, creating art and teaching in the Monterey Bay area of California. She leads a weekly Tatting Study Group as part of the Carmel Craft Guild. It has been her pleasure to encourage these tatters to enter items in the County Fair. She proudly displays her Best of Show ribbons for several years of Home Arts entries. Her submissions to the Carmel Bach Festival Art Auction always garner much interest and questions which she happily answers as she tats away before and after the concerts.
She enjoys teaching in a workshop setting having taught at Palmetto Tat Days, the Sunnyvale Lace Museum and in the Monterey Bay area.