Saturday, 26 September 2015

Shawl Pins trending this Autumn

Westpoint, Exeter once again held the Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts show this weekend complete with workshops, demonstrations and over 180 stands full of creative inspiration and crafting products.

Among the stands selling this Autumn's knitting yarns there appeared to be a common item popping up again and again.

Used for thousands of years as fastenings and/or decoration for cloaks, shawls and hats; these clever, functional ornaments are definitely trending this season. Take a look at the lovely new range of wooden shawl pins from KnitPro. 

Made from many different materials, the designs out there range from simple and functional to some that are amazingly delicate and intricate.

These beautiful examples from: NicholasandFelice, South 4th and Beadmask on Etsy and are fashioned from aluminium, wood, silver and leather.

The lovely Jean from Kaeravel Crafts has been ahead of the game for a long while. This is her own pattern for a Dragonback shawl fastened with a wooden shawl pin.

These shawl pins from West Country Creative are made from polymer clay. You can learn how to make them yourself by going along to a course. "The pins make gorgeous and unusual gifts with which to fasten a woolly wrap, decorate a knitted hat or scarf, or embellish a chunky knit."

So this Autumn be sure to check out a few shawl pins. Use one to keep your shawl or scarf in place or to add that designer touch. Wear one in your hair or give one as a gift. Or use them to increase sales of handmade or knitted shawls or scarves.

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