by Glenn Dragone
I wish I could simply say that I’m a one thimble kinda guy. Alas, I’m not!
My favorite thimble is actually no less than three so it becomes favorites.
Starting off with the thimble I use the most from TJ Lane Many know of these handmade gems from quilt markets. They’re Sterling Silver and custom fitted. The key to a thimble that does it’s job effectively is the way in which it fits your finger. If it’s too big or has a tendency to fall off , the enjoyment of hand quilting is challenged. No doubt, this baby is pricey but given the hours of quilting you’ll be doing it seems (to me) well worth the cost. I must admit, I had to get use to the shorter height of the thimble. I thought it would be an issue but it never seemed to make a difference.
You’d think I’m set, right?
Well, there are the times I use a Roxanne thimble to get the job done. If I’m quilting an area that has many seams, I tend to reach for the Roxanne. I jokingly call this thimble, the “suitcase” for your finger. It’s a mighty piece, big and heavy. In areas that have those nasty seams to go through, it’s good to have the extra weight to charge through. It’s like a tiny dumbbell for your finger. Since my finger changes in size doing the day, I actually have two Roxanne thimbles. I was told by the people at Colonial Needle that the gold versions are actually a tiny bit smaller then the silver.
And now you’re saying…. What on Earth could be the last one?
I do use the Clover leather Coin thimble at times. Although, it’s rare, I sometimes like the feel of the leather on my finger instead of metal. Like a tiny glove, it has a warmth to it.
I must admit that I do love thimbles in general. I’m sure this plays a part in the amount I use and strange logic I associate with each.
Scissors? Given what I just wrote, you can imagine I have a few.