OUR FOUNDER - GEORGIA SEITZ
Georgia established The Online Tatting Classes (TOTC) in 1999, building a website and opening a Chat Room, taking tatting into the digital world. Shortly after, in 2000, Georgia along with Dianna Stevens and Patti Duff influenced and counseled Joy Critchfield, Tat Days Chair for 2003 & 2004. They began activities to become a Charter Chapter with IOLI, International Organization Of Lacemakers Inc. with the charter being awarded in 2003. Shortly afterwards, in 2002, she along with two other tatters consulted with the Palmetto Tatters Guild for the Guild’s first tatting conference held April 2003
Georgia first attended Palmetto’s Tat Days in 2004 where she witnessed a registration check being refused by the Guild. This action by the President at that time established the precedence for a scholarship fund. Georgia reinforced and grew the scholarship fund for the annual Palmetto Tatters Guild's Tat Days, one of the largest tatting conventions in the United States, to help tatters offset the financial costs to attend. She oversaw the Silent Auction and live Auction as well as being the Auctioneer, to raise funds for the guild and scholarships. Each year she collected items and organized many tatters to donate their tatting and quilting skills to make items for the live Auction. The scholarships continue to help those who want to attend, learn from the many classes offered, and enjoy the fellowship and wonderful camaraderie at this event.
The Online classes and website grew, and Georgia became a much sought after teacher, traveling to teach at many other tatting guilds and venues. She has taught hundreds, if not thousands of in-person classes and published many tatting books.
One of her many interests was helping with the Antique Pattern Library. Her work in gathering and sharing vintage, out-of-print tatting books with the world of tatters has been an invaluable act of preservation! Georgia was also the Tatting Editor for Bella Online for 10 years. Her contributions to the world of tatting are tremendous
The volumes of time and energy she has put into all of these endeavors, plus her many other activities promoting tatting, have been a wonderful, invaluable gift to tatters around the world!
After 20 years, Georgia officially retired in January of 2020 and closed her AKTatter Country Store. She is loved by many and her presence in class is truly missed. She still participates in the tatting community though. We wish her a long happy retirement full of threads that make beautiful lace!
At that time, to keep the classes going, Susan Fuller continued to teach her Tatting Design Class and took over teaching the Regular Monday Class as well as managing and updating the Website. Cynthia Stevenson continued teaching the Beginner's Class. In October of 2020, Tamie began teaching the Monday Class.
Passing the baton (shuttles) to the next generation. In December 2020, Georgia turned
The Online Tatting Classes and website entirely over to Tamie Montgomery.
TAMIE MONTGOMERY - Owner, Administrator and Teacher
Tamie, having inherited some tatting shuttles at a very difficult time in her life, embarked on her tatting journey. First on the list was finding out what these shuttles were for. After many failed attempts to find someone to teach her, she ran across Georgia's site. She was eager to learn, just as many new tatters are, so joined the classes, and fell in love with tatting from the start. She felt Georgia had given her a lifeline.
Tamie began making personal YouTube videos. She felt truly blessed to be able to help new tatters learn the joy of making just one little stitch and what could be accomplished by doing so. She was overjoyed at the happiness it gave students when they completed their first butterfly or snowflake. What started out being a way to share what she had learned, so others could learn by watching her tatting, soon grew in popularity.
In one of the Online Tatting Classes, Tamie learned about an upcoming annual Tat Days held by the Palmetto Tatters Guild and signed up. While attending, she was thrilled to meet Georgia in person and became a very active member of the Guild.
Wanting a better bag for her tatting supplies, especially for traveling, she began designing one for herself. After much experimenting and talking to others about what they would want in a bag, she created a prototype she was really happy with. She brought it to a Tat Days; other tatters loved it and orders flowed in, so she began making them as well as a few other items. Tamie sells these in her Etsy shop, which is temporarily closed at this time, and donates most of the proceeds to the Palmetto Tatters Guild Scholarship Fund.
Tamie offered to make videos for the Online Tatting classes and in 2004, Georgia recruited her and she began making videos for TOTC. Georgia inspired her and personally taught her many tatting techniques to use in the videos and taught her that with patience first, the rest would follow. Tamie was happy and felt that in doing these she could repay Georgia for the gift of her tatting knowledge. Tamie was hooked, the tatting bug had claimed her, and she couldn't have been happier.
From all of her accomplishments and work, a new opportunity arose. Georgia asked if she would take over The Online Tatting Classes and the website. In December 2020, she grabbed that baton and took off running. Since then, Tamie has taken the classes in the direction of Georgia's vision - into the digital video world. Tamie seeks to continue Georgia's legacy and teaches in Georgia's honor, and with her blessing. Tamie has also taken Georgia's place and is now in charge of the Auctions for the Palmettos Tatters Guild.
Moving tatting forward into future generations makes both her and Georgia very happy. Tamie's goal is to keep the classes going for many years to come to come.