I have a problem with thimbles. I can’t find one that fits!! Why don’t they make thimbles large enough for me?! My quest for the perfect thimble has spurred a collection of antique thimbles.
Arent they pretty! None of them fit!
The largest I can find is size 11
And I have tries all kinds of new ones…..here are a few
I have to make my own…I use leather and elastic and tape…..If you use leather you need to replace or repair very often!….the needle head goes right through the leather fairly quickly so I am always gluing on a patch. If you have ever tried hand quilting without a thimble you will understand my problem!
I do love the collection of antiques. They are all so different and interesting. Here is an old political thimble I found buried in my garden
It’s hard to read in the picture but it says “Just sew you’ll remember Hugh Silsby for Sherriff – Republican” I have no idea who that is or if he won but It sure is an interesting find.
With the collection growing I needed some way to display them. My Friend John is an amazing woodworker so I asked him if he could make a display case for me. I got the finished product today. (He really should sell his work….He also makes amazing custom canes)
Several boxes to display the thimbles. And an open diamond in the center which will contain a quilt panel. For the picture I placed an antique quilt I am working on behind it.
Here are a few thimbles in the display
I love it! I cant wait to all the quilt panel and fill it up.
Here are a few fun fact about thimbles:
The earliest know thimble is first centure roman and found at Pompei, made of bronze
In the 19th century thimbles were used to measure spirits, hence the phrase “just a thimbleful”
The first thimble made in England was in 1695 by a Dutch metal worker named Lofting. It was called the ” thumb-bell,” because it was worn on the thumb when in use, and shapped like a bell. The shape eventually changed, but the name, softened into thimble, still remains.
People who collect thimbles are known as “digitabulists”. I think I will stick with “quilter”
If anyone knows where to find a xxl thimble let me know