View Full Version : A Question about fasteners
12-02-2007, 11:50 PM
I hoping that someone here can help me. I'm looking for fasteners for my knitted vests,capes,shawls, etc. I like the look of the old bronze age fasteners where one passes a pen through the fabric and is held in place with an oval/rd,etc. piece. I don't know what it's called and can't google it without a name.
Anyone here know what I am talking about?
In the Seventies we use to have hair fasteners that were made of leather and they were close to what I'm looking for. Or it could be made of abalone shell, or bone...etc.
I may have to resort to designing and making my own, but I would rather not....
12-03-2007, 12:05 AM
I have this sort of vague recollection that this type of fastener is called a 'toggle,' Maria, but not absolutely sure...
12-03-2007, 04:27 PM
I think what you are looking for is called a penannular fastener or circle brooch. I have a couple of bronze ones I use for closing my celtic style cloak or pinning my tartan over my shoulder. I've heard some people refer to them as cloak pins as well. Hope this helps!
12-03-2007, 08:18 PM
Thanks you both for answering. I tried to google toggle and got a lot about industrial hardware or something about computers.....huh
I do think you are right on Elannie. That was just what I was thinking about.
I was going to google Traditional Scottish Dress and I may just do that and see where I might get one.
I've been thinking about possible making my own and have to search the beach for just the right abalone shell and piece of bird bone. If I do I'll post it on this forum.
12-03-2007, 10:33 PM
Elannie is correct...they are called Pennanulars. You can order them from http://craftyfox.com/jewelry/brooches_pennanulars.html or at any rate see what they look like. There are also a lot of Scottish related sites that sell this type of closure for capes and shawls. Try www.gaelicshop.com
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