I have been fascinated by the shape and variety of Romano-British Dragonesque or 'S' Brooches since seeing a sketch of one that is in the British Museum in London. S is the initial letter of both my first and my maiden names, so designs for it have always intrigued me.
This apron was created for a Roman matriarch to display her collection of Dragonesque Brooches! The background fabric is in keeping with the plain, woven ones of the era. The apron ties are embroidered in simple stitches, which may have been used in those times. As far as we know bobbin, lace was not made in those days, but it has also been kept simple.
The brooches use many techniques: needle-lace, felting, foiling, shrink plastic and painting with the addition of acrylic medium, textured paints and string.
The pattern for the apron is Rebecca Ruth Designs 'Clara'.
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Last Updated April 6, 2013