Pamela is best known for her vintage-style, needle-tatted works, which have been featured on runways, in magazines and blogs. She teaches how to needle tat some of her patterns on Instructables, and you can purchase her already made items - or place a custom order, through her store on Etsy.

I think Pamela's writings offer some good insight to many tatting and selling issues, especially for those who are unsure about their own handmade items. If you'd like to read some of them, check out her blog, under her Etsy opinion posts.

 

Lets take a peek into TotusMel's tatting mind...

TC:

How and when did you first get into tatting... what attracted you to it?

Pamela:

I found tatting just over 10 years ago when I was pregnant with my first daughter. I home alone and getting bored with knitting and crochet. I was just browsing the internet when I found it. It seems mysterious and since I’d never seen it before I thought it would be wonderful to learn what I assumed was a lost art.

 TC:

You've made a lot of designs... Tell us about your most difficult or awkward tatting experience.

Pamela:

The closest thing I can think of to difficult or awkward was simply trying to learn to shuttle tat without the benefit of a teacher or any good videos, since there weren’t any back then. Once I found the needle though, I was was back on track.

TC:

I had a similar experience myself, though I'm back at the shuttle now. Tell us about your most rewarding tatting experience.

Pamela:

I suppose my most rewarding creation was my first tatted mask. That’s only because it was a custom request and I didn’t think it was initially possible. It took a couple of weeks, but once I had figured it out i was really proud of myself even though the customer didn’t want it after all.

TC:

I think, sometimes in the end, it's our own satisfaction that counts.

What about your children... Are they interested in tatting?

Pamela:

Both my daughter's recently asked me to teach them, but only the older one had any success. I'm sure they'll both want more lessons in the future and I'm certainly glad to teach them.

 

TC:

When you first started out, did you ever envision becoming so popular?

Pamela:

I don’t really even consider myself popular really. There are so many other more talented tatters out there. I see things online that I couldn’t even imagine creating. I’m just glad that anyone likes my work and I’m truly grateful that I’m able to send the lace I’ve made around the world.

 
TC:
 
Well you do have over 3,000 sales, more than 12,000 admirers, and nearly 1,600 reviews - just on your Etsy page alone. I would think that you qualify for a listing in the popular category 😀
 
I think TotusMel is an intriguing name. How did you come up with it?
 

Pamela:

That’s actually a pretty boring story. It’s just the first user name I ever came up with online. My name, Pamela, is suppose to mean “all honey”. I looked up the Latin words for that and I came up with, probably erroneously, “totus mel”.

TC:
 
OK, cool! So do you have any advice to offer for beginning needle tatters, or those who maybe are struggling and are not so new to the art?
 

Pamela:

I didn’t have the benefit of tons other tatters around to help me when I started out, but now there are places like Intatters.com which I send every tatter who messages me to. There are tons of video tutorials out there now as well. You just have to keep searching, but you will find answers and help. Also use good thread and remember proper tension is only achieved with practice.

TotusMel's newest creation is a tatted Jellyfish - it's pretty cool, and what I would call some real creativity! If you haven't seen it already, you can check it out here. 

 

Thanks Pamela, for your interview!