“I tried to put my fingers in my eyes for her to release her grip, but it made no difference.”
Rutley, who had been boozing and snorting cocaine, fled the scene, but returned moments later armed with two kitchen knives, prosecutor Sarah Mallett told Teeside Crown Court.
As the injured victim waited for an ambulance, Rutley ran up with her arms in the air and tried to stab her.
She thrust a knife towards Ms Watson’s face, narrowly missing someone else’s head.
Ms Watson’s thumb was slashed as she desperately tried to defend herself, the court heard.
The violence erupted after Rutley took exception to Ms Watson brushing past her in the club at about 7.30pm on February 25.
They were at the wake of Jordan Dowson, who died aged 19 in a car accident on the Brotton bypass.
Rutley admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent, wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and two counts of having an offensive weapon.
She has previous convictions for assaulting PCs and a reprimand for violence.
Rutley was in breach of a suspended sentence imposed for taking a man’s car while he stayed at her home following a party, leaving the car badly damaged and partly burned.
Judge Howard Crowson jailed her for six-and-a-half years for the nose bite attack alone.
He added another five-and-a-half years for assault with the two knives, saying this was a completely separate offence requiring a consecutive sentence.
He said: “It’s frankly unforgivable that you attacked her in the way that you did.”