Don’t get scared, guys! I’m not featuring someone who sells tattoos online or anything crazy like that, but I definitely understand if the idea of “tats” that aren’t permanent makes you draw a blank. The same thing happened to me the first time I saw Totus Mel’s Tats featured on Awakened Aesthetic… I thought “What the hell is a ‘tat’ if it’s not a permanent piece of body art?” Well, lack of information is what has made google a successful venture, so I got right on it.
Tatting is a technique for handcrafting a particularly durable lace constructed by a series of knots and loops. Tatting can be used to make lace edging as well as doilies, collars, and other decorative pieces. The lace is formed by a pattern of rings and chains formed from a series of cow hitch, or half-hitch knots, called double stitches (ds), over a core thread. Gaps can be left between the stitches to form picots, which are used for practical construction as well as decorative effect.
Tatting dates to the early 19th century. The term for tatting in most European languages is derived from French frivolité, which refers to the purely decorative nature of the textiles produced by this technique. The technique was developed to imitate point lace.
You won’t find many doilies in Totus Mel’s Etsy shop, however. Instead, you’ll find a bevy of fantasy-inducing accessories, sure to elegantly vamp up any classic outfit.(Click any photo to view purchasable product.)
The first piece I’d ever seen by Totus Mel was a version of these Ankle Corsets. I was completely enamored… Something so unique – but it makes so much sense! It’s one of those “How did no one think of this before?” pieces that just resonated with me. ($45)
I dare you to find an excuse as to why this stunning Quadra Tatted Bracelet wouldn’t go with just about everything you’ve got in your closet. ($10, no I’m not joking.)
I would wear this Fully Bloomed Necklace with a simple, v-neck, black maxi dress and some flat black sandals for a chic and classic summer night. ($8)
This is the perfect mix of subtle femininity and ultra drama. Light pink is gentle enough that it doesn’t reach out and strangle you, but the intricate details and the sheer size of this Vive la Reine Necklace definitely amp up your sass. ($30)
If you’ve been looking for that je ne sais quoi to add to your summer wardrobe, look no further than Totus Mel Tats for your one-of-a-kind accessory needs.