The Manly Shawl Brooch

Thor's picture

This is my newest penannular brooch from

It is a full 3" in diameter (quite large for a penannular brooch) and perfect for me and my ClapotiSaurus Rex!

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Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Lovely pin, Thor. Thanks

Lovely pin, Thor. Thanks for sharing the photos. Such grand craftsmanship - knitted and metalwork. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

New York Built's picture

I thoroughly love your

I thoroughly love your metalwork designs! Great work. I particularly like the mix of historical inspiration and contemporary sensibilities. Bravo!

The shawl and the brooch are

The shawl and the brooch are just beautiful, and the model ain't too shabby either.

michaelpthompson's picture

A penannular brooch is

A penannular brooch is different from a kilt pin. Today's modern kilt pins are smaller and placed on the apron of the kilt to give some weight and prevent too much "blowing in the wind." The penannular brooch is used on the shoulder with either the belted plaid or the ancient style kilt. One of the most famous is the Brooch of Tara from Ireland.

Yours is definitely cool Thor.

paulhenry's picture

While the penannular brooch

While the penannular brooch is and was used on the shoulder, the kilt of any form wasn't actually known in Ireland until probably the turn of the 20th century , and then that would have been the kilt that we recognise today , not the belted plaid, so the Tara Brooch was one for a cloak not a kilt, but none the worse for that , I saw it and other similar ones as a child and it left a strong impression on me.

albert's picture

Michael, can you explain the

Michael, can you explain the difference between an ancient style kilt and a modern style for those of us who are uninitiated?

The modern kilt eventually

The modern kilt eventually evolved from 'the great kilt'. This was basically a long piece of cloth, one third of which was used as the 'kilt' and the other two thirds went over one shoulder and was used as a cloak or a hooded cloak for the upper part of the body. It was belted at the waist. A penannular was used to fasten the body part of the fabric. A penannular is practical. A kilt pin is purely decorative. It should not go through the layer of fabric underneath.

albert's picture

Thanks, Christine, much

Thanks, Christine, much appreciated!

TheKnittingMill's picture

That is so beautiful!! If

That is so beautiful!!

If some sissy tried to kick my ass I would say, "Hey, Mary, go knit me a sweater before I slap you in the face!”
--Eric Cartman, South Park

teejtc's picture

Absolutely gorgeous! Grace

Absolutely gorgeous!

Grace and peace,

Thor's picture

I think they used to

I think they used to (perhaps still do) use Penannular brooches for kilts. All I have been able to learn about them is that they were the precursor to the modern button.

paulhenry's picture

Those brooches are lovely,

Those brooches are lovely, I've looked at the site, lots of great pieces.
They aren't really kilt pins, in the way we understand a kilt pin today, perahps a very long time ago when the belted plaid was worn perhaps they could well have been used in a functional way. Kilt pins today are essentially decorative, granted they add a little bit of weight to the apron, but they would be rather to chunky to pin through the finer woollen fabrics that are used for most kilts today

Bill's picture

It's beautiful, Thor...but

It's beautiful, Thor...but that clapotis and your size could carry a six or eight inch brooch!

JesterTwin's picture

That's a kilt pin, isn't it?

That's a kilt pin, isn't it?