Welcome back to my occasional series of blog posts where I share a few details about a new product or part of my business that I’m particularly excited about.
Last time I featured one of my project bags. This week, the Sunday Showcase continues with my shawl pins.
Apart from being a purely functional item to keep your shawl from flying away, a shawl pin can be a decorative thing too. I know someone that wears one of my shawl pins on her jumper, like a brooch. And why not?
I make my shawl pins from aluminium wire, either in a gold or silver colour. They are lightweight and so will not drag your shawl or scarf out of shape.
Each shawl pin that I make is slightly different, but each one is carefully finished to ensure that there are no sharp ends to snag your beautiful shawl.
The shawl pin is in two parts – the decorative bit, and the pin bit which you thread through your shawl or scarf. The pin is not very sharp, and so will not work well with a woven fabric, unless the fabric is very open.
I form the wire into shape and then work-harden it to make it more robust, although as with any object made from wire, care must be taken not to bend it repeatedly which will cause it to snap!
I like to pay attention to presentation, so each shawl pin is attached to a hand-decorated card and enclosed in a cellophane bag, making it an ideal gift for shawl-wearer in your life. Or just treat yourself to a unique accessory to secure your own shawl or scarf!
And they are all handmade by me!
I was concerned about how my shawl pins would survive in the post, but I pack each one in a rigid cardboard postal box with extra padding to protect it during transit. I posted one to myself to check it out – it works!
If you want to get your hands on one, there are a limited number available in the GardeningWitch Design’s ETSY shop in the Shawl Pins section.
Finally, have you ever struggled to find the best way to wear your shawl? Take a look at this useful tutorial from Tin Can Knits.
Stay tuned for more Sunday Showcase features …