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Want to teach at the 19th Annual Tatting Days and Workshop (April 17-18, 2015)? Apply now!


Have you:


  • Designed a new and/or unique pattern or project?
  • Developed a new technique or updated an old one?
  • Updated an old pattern with modern techniques?
  • Found a pattern or technique that you would like to share?
  • Re-invented the wheel?


If you answered yes to any of these questions, we are interested in hearing from you. We are now accepting applications for teaching at our 2015 workshop, April 18-19.


Click here for our 2015 Call for Teachers document and here for the 2015 TEACHER APPLICATION



The Shuttlebirds Tatting Guild, of Spokane WA, is now accepting teacher applications for our 19th Annual Tatting Days and Workshop. Our theme for 2015 is “A Touch of Victorian Charm”, and the workshop will be held on April 17-18.


General Information:

We are seeking a mix of creative projects and a variety of techniques for all skills levels.

Patterns do not need to relate to our theme.

Original, and/or patterns that are fun, funky, innovative, quirky, or unique are preferred.

Permission to use material copyrighted by others is required.

Patterns, and/or variations thereof, must not have been taught at a previous Shuttlebirds workshop.

A list of some suggested techniques from previous workshop attendees is provided below as a courtesy.



There will be a total of 5 class periods with a maximum of 8 classes per period.

There will be 2 class periods on Friday and 3 on Saturday.

All classes will be 2 hours in length.

Class size will be 12-15 students.

Classes must be designated as either:

project class – the emphasis is on teaching the pattern, not technique(s)

technique class – the emphasis is on teaching the technique(s) used to complete the pattern used

Skill Levels:

  1. Beginner knows the basics – rings, chains, picots, joins and reading patterns.

Intermediate               knows and is comfortable with the above, plus two shuttles, split rings/chains, beads

Advanced                                knows and is comfortable with all of the above and ready for more.

Suggested and/or Requested Techniques:

Roll tatting                 Pearl/Maltese Tatting             Alternate Thread                                Inverted/Dutch tatting

Hyperbolic                              Celtic weaving                                    Interlocking Rings                           Balanced Double Stitch

3-D                                                Cluny                                                              Tatting with wire                                 Tatting with metallic thread


Teacher Requirements:

Teacher must indicate if they wish to teach full time, 5 classes, or part time, 2 or 3 classes.

Full time teachers must submit a minimum of 3 complete class proposals.

Part time teachers must submit a minimum of 2 complete class proposals and agree to teach a minimum of two periods.

Provide clear and close-up photo(s) of tatted piece for each proposed class (jpg files) with plain white or light colored background, and without any props.

Provide a short, current teacher biography and photo.

Be willing to accommodate at least 12 -15 students per class.

Teachers using patterns copyrighted by another tatter must obtain written permission from the designer and provide a copy of same to STG.

Teachers using original patterns agree to provide a copy of their pattern and class handouts to STG for inclusion in their library.

Provide a copy of any homework required to be completed before the class no later than Dec. 31, 2014.

Provide a separate and completed class model for display for the duration of the workshop.

Teacher Compensation:

Full time teachers will be paid $550.00 for 10 hours of teaching.

Part time teachers will be paid $40.00 per teaching hour.

In addition, teachers will be provided:

5 meals during the workshop (2 on Friday, 3 on Saturday).

Up to two vending tables (5.5 ft rnd).

Housing with STG member if requested.

Registration fees will be waived.


Shuttlebirds will provide:

Copies of class handouts, if master is provided by March 20, 2015, as a PDF or Word document, or reimburse for handouts (one per registered student per class plus 1 for STG) with receipt.

Regular updates to teachers, approx. every 2-3 weeks, with student count, and names & emails if requested.

Transportation to/from Spokane airport, if needed.

Transportation between your motel and the workshop, if needed.

All other travel expenses will be the responsibility of the teacher.


Application deadline is Friday, November 7, 2014


Notification of accepted applications will be made on Sunday, December 7, 2014.

The class pictures and teacher names will be posted to our website and Facebook page on December 14, 2014.

Shuttlebirds Tatting Guild reserves the right to cancel the 2015 tatting days and workshop for insufficient classes and/or registrations.

All questions should be directed to shuttlebirds.workshop@yahoo.com.


Previous Classes

Here are pictures from some of last year’s amazing classes!






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