Most Masonic aprons are made of silk with cotton lining. Many are also leather. Ties may be silk ribbon or cotton twill tape, with leather strips found most often on leather aprons. Silk ribbon is almost always used to bind the perimeter of the apron as well as it's top flap, or bib. Although several colors are found, the predominant favorite was a sea green/celestial blue. The majority of the symbols and wording found on Masonic aprons are painted or printed, though embroidery is not unheard of. Common Masonic symbols include the square and compass, the two pillars, the all-seeing eye, Jacob’s ladder, and the crossed keys. Understanding Masonic symbols can take a lifetime, but a good start is Curator E. Aimee Newell's extensive exhibit catalog.
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After stabilization, Cara mounted nine aprons on acid-free boards covered with ecru cotton poplin. To minimize stitching into the aprons, each was covered with a large piece of nylon net that was sewn to the fabric-covered board around the perimeter of the aprons. The edges of the net were wrapped around to the back of the boards and secured with hand stitching. A small slit was made in the net to allow each of the apron ties to be passed through to the top, where they were carefully arranged and tacked to the boards with thread loops. The aprons are now secure enough that they can be displayed either flat or on a slant, and can also be stored on these mount after the exhibition.