Thursday, August 12, 2010

Thread-u-cation Thursdays: Thimbles and Fingers

 When I was just a girl (sometime prior to the dark ages) I learned to hand stitch using a thimble. It became such a habit that my finger feels naked if I'm not wearing a thimble when I pick up a needle.
The thimble habit is a good one to get into. Not only do thimbles protect your finger tip but they also allow you to stitch longer. Here you see me with my favorite thimble, a tailor's thimble, with an open end. I like to think of it as a thimble with air conditioning. I also like thimbles because they have dimples and you can play Monopoly with them. Are you a digitabulist?

14 comments:

Gene Black said...

Nope I am not a digitabulist. I think I only have one, and I don't use it.

Maggie Szafranski said...

Had to Google that one. No, I am not!

Marie said...

No - I've thought about it but that's as far as it's gone. I have tried and tried to use a thimble but usually get frustrated and give it up after a few minutes.

秋懿綺懿綺娥 said...

不費勞力而得者,唯貧困而已................................................

Kristin said...

Not that anyone has ever taught me how to use a thimble, but I assumed the end (usually covering the finger) would be used to protect the finger as one pushed the needle through the cloth. What would be the purpose of one without an end? Just curious...

Kristin F. in SC

Sewconsult said...

I am a thimble user. Yes, If I pick up a needle without a thimble, "Tall Finger" says, put on my armor!
Beckie in Brentwood, TN

sandra wyman said...

My grandmother taught me to sew and MADE me use a thimble. Now I have a number: mostly I use a thimble like the one in the picture but with a top (the top is essential on the rare occasions when I hand-quilt. I also have a leather thimble (a bit like a thumbstall) for hand-piecing. I would find it almost impossible to sew without a thimble now!

WoolenSails said...

I have a few but I just can't get the hang of them.
If I put anything on my finger, I end up using the other finger. I will just have to put up with the needle pricks;)

Debbie

Lisa said...

Yes I do collect thimbles but not in the way you might think. I have fat fingers and have tried every thimble imaginable but can't find one that I love other than Thimblepads - little leather pad that sticks to my little fat finger. Love them. :D

Carol said...

I use one sometimes but seem to be able to quilt just as well without one. I use one mostly to get the needle through more layers of fabric than I should probably be trying to do. When I was a kid, I always chose the thimble when we played Monopoly...

Gayle from MI said...

My grandmother taught me to use a thimble as well. Even when I used to do counted cross stitch (very briefly in the afore mentioned dark ages) I had to "wear" one even though I wasn't actually "using" it. Great habit though.

阮艳 said...

今夜星光多美好~祝你快樂~~~~............................................................

TheaM said...

serious injury can occur when doing hand sewing without a thimble - it only took one time of having a needle go under my fingernail to convince me to keep a thimble in my sewing kit!
I now have several dozen thimbles - many of them are 'display only' versions, but most of them get used, so my answer is YES - I am a digitabulist - and I am not looking for a cure! 8-)

Notjustanyone said...

I met my husband through reading online comments, and well then we got to emailing a lot, and to keep this short!?!? He said 'Thimble' to me after some remark I had made about him being Peter Pan. I didn't get it. I googled Peter Pan, Wendy and Thimble, and this was on the page! I then found myself two thimbles, put one on a chain to wear, and one on a key chain for him. We've been married just 20 months. And Love our Thimbles and Thimbling!

This flattered Wendy immensely. "I think," she said, "it is perfectly lovely the way you talk about girls; John there just despises us."

For reply Peter rose and kicked John out of bed, blankets and all; one kick. This seemed to Wendy rather forward for a first meeting, and she told him with spirit that he was not captain in her house. However, John continued to sleep so placidly on the floor that she allowed him to remain there. "And I know you meant to be kind," she said, relenting, "so you may give me a kiss."

For the moment she had forgotten his ignorance about kisses. "I thought you would want it back," he said a little bitterly, and offered to return her the thimble.

"Oh dear," said the nice Wendy, "I don't mean a kiss, I mean a thimble."

"What's that?"

"It's like this." She kissed him.

"Funny!" said Peter gravely. "Now shall I give you a thimble?"