My great-grandmother used to do tatting, which if you don't know, is a technique used to make lace.
The lace is designed by a series of delicate, intricate knots and loops and the end result is both beautiful and elegant as well as usually durable.
I have many hand-me-downs from my great-grandmother and many of them are bits of tatting but until I came across today's shop I never really realized just how very spectacular tatting could fit into today's world and fashions.
Such beautiful craftsmanship should be living on through the generations but like many of the craftsman and artisan talents and styles of the past, in our fast paced lives it seems that such unique and time consuming skills have gone to the way-side or been farmed out to factories.
Totus Mel Tats on Etsy is helping to breathe new life into this beautiful form of artisan craft and has shone a whole new light on this art that, over the years and like so many others, has quickly and very sadly come to near-extinction.
Pamela Quevedo is the artisan behind these beautiful works and although her style leans towards the dark, gothic, steampunk and Neo Victorian, there is no doubt that her pieces can (and will) appeal to a much wider audience.
From intricate masquerade masks to lace spats, jewelry and more, Pamela's shop has some breathtaking pieces that are beautifully photographed and unique beyond words. In fact, I'm particularly infatuated with the collar necklaces like the one pictured above which come in a number of styles both in wedding white and Gothic black.
If you're shopping for that perfect gift for either a gothic chic, a fashion forward fashionista with an eye for detail or even some wedding accessories that are sure to catch the eye this is definitely the shop for you. You won't want to miss taking a browse through what Totus Mel Tats has to offer.
TO VISIT PAMELA QUEVEDO's TOTUS MEL TATS ON ETSY, YOU CAN CLICK THE PICTURES ABOVE OR, IF YOU'D RATHER, CLICK RIGHT HERE! c84329aec90f4c88a95e2fabe27fbb6c
You might also enjoy checking out Pamela Quevedo's blog or her Library of Tutorials on tatting at Instructables. You can also visit Totus Mel on Facebook or Twitter!
Thursday, July 15, 2010
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