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    Odds Bodkins, what do you use to hold up the loose end of the great kilt.

    Hello,
    The Alexandria Scottish Walk was great fun this past weekend. Made my second appearance in a great kilt.
    My wife was mightily amused with my attempts at getting dressed. The kit is coming along and was wondering what
    folks use for a bodkin to hold up the loose ends on the shoulder.

    I'd like to get one of bone, and was wondering if a bone sewing bodkin would pass muster? I'd shave off the hooks.

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    Thanks,
    Kon
    Last edited by Guinach; 4th December 12 at 08:40 PM.

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    I don't have pics that show it, but I tie the end coming over my shoulder to the end in front with a bit of string, because there is too much fabric for a brooch to manage well, and pin the brooch over it.
    Geoff Withnell

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    Those look like old crochet hooks; shaving the hooks off might result in the shades of craftswomen from the past haunting you for desecrating their prize possessions.

    They would probably be too thick to go through the weave of tartan cloth without making holes.

    You might find that tying the corners with a cord is a kinder method of securing the cloth.

    I use a cord to keep a long plaid on my shoulder, where the long ends cross over on the left shoulder, as without that it was rather uncertain as to the outcome if I walked and beat my drum at the same time.

    Anne the Pleater :ootd:

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    Oh,
    Thanks for the warning!
    The wool seems to hold up well and comes back after being stabbed. The group I belong to doesn't wear brooches and some sort of bone, iron or brass bodkin is specified for the men.

    Thanks,
    Kon

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    There are some bone bodkins on this page that require no alterations:

    http://www.wmboothdraper.com/Notions/notions_main.htm
    Brian

    "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." ~ Benjamin Franklin

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    I like the turning on the end of the crochet hooks.
    Burnley and Trowbridge have some too.
    K

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    I have a brooch that works well to show the wealth of my dye merchant portrayal, but when sleeping and/ or portraying a run-of-the-mill type I use a little leather lacing.
    Gloria Patri! Thither Yond! Jeremiah! Do-lang Do-lang! (All things I have shouted in a charge.) http://www.orderoftherouseclan.proboards.com

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    Woodsheal
    Thats a great site
    thanks
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