22 July 2009
Do you thimble?
A John James Magnet Top thimble is the favorite around Casa del Quilter. This one stays in the stitchery/embroidery case as it is a great thimble to use when away from homebase. A dropped needle stays on the thimble and not in someone's carpet. Then there is the quilting thimble with the recessed top that makes the rocking motion so easy. Neither one suitable for the job at hand. Surely there is a thimble in the sewing room that would work for plain sewing.
Nope, nada, ziltch. There are the porcelain ones, the silver ones, the Cloisonne ones, the wooden ones, the leather ones, the rubber ones, the big ones and the little ones. But not one thimble that would comfortably fit the ring finger of my right hand.
EBay! to the rescue! I bid and won a lot of ten thimbles from a gentleman in Illinois. One thimble was rusty and another had a strange partial patina. Those went to work with me and were cleaned up by experienced metal workers. The thimble pictured above was one of two in the lot that fit.