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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JesterTwin's picture

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

Bill's picture

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

Thor's picture

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, 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

teejtc's picture

Absolutely gorgeous!

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TheKnittingMill's picture

That is so beautiful!!

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michaelpthompson's picture

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.

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albert's picture

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 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 appreciated!

paulhenry's picture

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.

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

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

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Joe-in Wyoming's picture

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

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