Ways to Wear a Pin
The Native American pin is a traditional piece of jewelry worn with great pride on a broadcloth or heavy velvet shirt.
The cluster pins are probably one of the oldest Native American stone pin styles.
Customary places to wear a pin include: on the lapel of a jacket or blazer, on a larger shirt collar, at the neck over the top of the top button or on a turtleneck, on the front of a shirt on one side or the other above the breast, on a sash, and in conjunction with a scarf at the neck.
But there are many other ways to use pins.
To make pins more versatile, many Native American artists add a loop or Shepherd’s Hook on the back so the pin can double as a pendant. The beauty of a Shepherd’s Hook is that it can be opened up to fit over large beads while a loop has a fixed size.
But even if a pin does not have a pendant loop or hook, if the pin in mounted vertically on the back of the pin so the pin would hang upright, you may be able to loop a chain or collar through the pin or fasten the pin to a sterling silver bead or stone necklace.
Beyond that, the larger pins make wonderful winter coat pins and they can be used to fasten a winter scarf in place or as an embellishment any where along the scarf including at the very bottom of the scarf kind of as an small anchor weight !
Many designer purses have fobs and dangles as their signature so why not fasten a pin on a strip of leather or cloth to make your own personal statement.
If your bag is fabric, you could attach a pin right onto the front of your purse.
If you are a hat wearer, a pin can change the look of a hat in an instant. This works just as nicely on a felt fedora or western hat as it does on you winter knit cap.
What other great ideas do you have for wearing pins?