Monday, November 23, 2009

Tools of the Trade: The Nimble Thimble

I never realized just how much I hated thimbles until I found one that was really great. If you do any bit of hand-sewing, even if it is not your primary medium, you must realize the importance of a thimble. It is a necessary evil. I don't know if I just have fat fingertips or whatever, but it feels like every thimble I have used in the past has squeezed the life out of my finger and was too painful to use. There were a few I tried over the years that were too loose as well, come to think of it. Also a bust.

Enter "The Nimble Thimble". I actually came across this when I started shopping around for materials to make Little Miss' Waldorf doll. Joy Chambers put her stamp of approval on it (heavily endorsed and sold on her website), and I took her at her word. I mean, the woman makes a lot of dolls by hand. She's got to know the difference between a quality thimble and a piece of crap.

This thing is a wonder. It fits right. It stays on. It makes julienne fries.

Ok. So it doesn't do that last thing, but it's the best I've tried.

Are you in the market for a new thimble? Joy's is out of them and in the process of selling the business anyway, but I was able to find them on Amazon. Just in case this post got you all excited to wear a thimble. Cause that happens.

5 Comments:

Kathy November 24, 2009 at 9:50 AM  

LOVE your new crafty site -- and love the name - seems to be a perfect fit, just like the nimble thimble!!!

WELCOME SKOOKS!

Ronni November 24, 2009 at 3:49 PM  

I actually just bought a similar one at Joann's a few weeks ago to use during my quilting debut...it definitely seems more comfortable than the typical metal ones. And yeah....who has fingers that small???

Skooks November 24, 2009 at 4:04 PM  

Does that mean you are hardcore quilting by hand? I wish we lived closer together so we could start a sewing circle or something . . . would be so much fun.

Ronni November 24, 2009 at 6:52 PM  

I wish we lived closer too! Actually, no, I'm not hard-core quilting this time around....only because I'm trying to finish it by Christmas and that would never happen by hand. I'll totally send you pictures when I'm finished, though. It came out slightly wonky, but I still really like it for my first attempt. I only have the quilting and binding left to do, the top is done and it's all basted together.

Ronni November 24, 2009 at 6:52 PM  

oh, and when i bought the thimble, I still was entertaining the thought that I would do it by hand...but I have now realized that is unrealistic. :)

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