You must have seen these huge brooches on the kilts and sashes
in Braveheart and other medieval period movies,
perhaps a few in Game of Thrones.
These Celtic cloaking devices
are the precursor to the safety pin;
quite ingenious technology for medieval period garb.
I was introduced to these pins
when I became associated with
the Society for Creative Anachronisms.
The SCA holds gatherings both small and large,
each attempting to recreate an event
(whether a baronial birthday or an all out war)
with the most authentic gear possible.
This Society has developed into world wide movement
of medievalist and renaissance period re-creators
which will (at the drop of a hat)
construct a Faire at the corner of a parking lot,
a duel in the commons
or a Grand Ball in a local Grange.
Upon my first SCA Event,
I was requested to produce a Penannular
not of the normal shape
but a piece that would fit into Medieval Scotland,
and functional: like the real ones!
Hence, my first creation was the Knot Work Penannular.
A free-form knot shaping the C part of the brooch
and the classic knotted spear for the pin head.
Penannular Brooch of Knot-work
Following the first Penannular Brooch,
I developed other themes which were not period:
grapes, sea horses, stars and more.
I introduced the Penannular to folks
who only attend a renaissance fare once a year (if ever),
thus I created a video demonstrating the use of these
Brooches now posted in my website.
There you will see the Brooch in action
as it is placed on a Plaid!
Penannulars may be used to clasp capes,
cloaks and scarves.
The pins I place on the larger versions are stout:
designed for the heavy,
loose woven fabric like wool.
I also make lighter versions for finer cloth:
I have specially made Brooches for leather as well.
The smallest Penannulars are for very light pieces
and shirts, skirts and the like.
Whether they are simple or ornate,
Penannulars make a great way to tack a loose scarf
or cover an emergency missing button,
making it look like you did it on purpose!
if you want something specially made for you,
I create everything in my site and only too happy to
create it for you.