Thursday, January 12, 2012

Threa-u-cation Thursday: Calling All Digitabulists!

I have a friend who delights in antique shops and seeks out oddities. Fortunately, she is a generous friend and has gifted me with this funny little thimble.

Now I'm a big fan of thimbles and am never without one when I stitch. But this one is very unusual.  For all you digitabulists out there, do you know what the sliding mechanism on the top of this thimble is for? Do you know what this thimble is called?

8 comments:

Karen Christensen said...

Laura, what you have is a thimble with a threader - there was a wire piece that is missing in yours - it would slide up and the thread would be looped through the wire and the wire pushed through the eye of the needle, threading it.

Gene Black said...

well never mind...Karen beat me to the answer. I was going to say that it appeared that part of it is missing.

Stephanie Forsyth said...

There also would have been small blades that slid in: http://thimbleselect.bizland.com/gd/06.jpg

Margaret said...

Aha! Who knew? That's quite the thimble.

Alas, I don't like to wear thimbles -- or gloves or mittens for that matter. Living here in the Great White North, that's sometimes a problem. Though I will protect my hands from the cold outdoors, I never (well...hardly ever) wear thimbles or rubber gloves or quilting gloves. My hands are claustrophobic!

Donna said...

That is definitely a very cool thimble! I'm not a digitalboolahathumbalist but I thought it looked like a thread holder. It was only a guess though. It appears that the lovely, intelligent folks above know for sure!
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Sewconsult said...

I love old thimbles. Unfortunately, some family members (who shall remain nameless) give thimbles that aren't what I prefer. Just because a cutsie item has a hole big enough for your finger, doesn't make it a true thimble!
Beckie

WoolenSails said...

What a wonderful thimble to be gifted, can never wear them myself.

Debbie

soren2go said...

I have one of those! It came out of my MILs sewing box. Now I know what it is.