18. January 2011 09:33
As a fiber artist... many of the notions I hold near and dear to my heart are the simplest ones: I can't sew without a thimble. Sure I can do a stitch or two, but much more than that - I prefer to have one of these little treasures protecting my finger pushing the needle through the fabric. My husband thinks it's a bit pathetic... watching me hunt for my thimble so I can sew on a button. (seriously, you can't even do a button?)
As a gift a few years ago, my Mom got me a Roxanne thimble... which is much different and much prettier than the old tarnished metal thing I used to wear. Not that those basic thimbles don't accomplish the job, I just found that they made my finger sweaty, I sometimes got rust or tarnish smeared on my hands (not good if quilting with white thread or fabric) and I had a difficult time getting a thimble to fit properly. Some were too big, some too small, some just didn't fit *me* in a comfortable way. I have a half a dozen metal, leather, combination, basic thimbles of various shapes and sizes, but none compare to the comfort of my *special* thimble.
The thing I really like about the Roxanne thimble - they come in sizes similar to ring sizes! You measure your own finger, and then order or test-drive one at a quilting store near you. The shape of the thimble is a little different, in that it has the nail-side of your finger left to the open air, and the fingertip and fleshy part covered. There are lots of dimples for propping up your needle, and there are various flat bits and edges to use as catches or for coaxing a stubborn needle through.
Some might say that having a 14-Carat gold-plated thimble is a bit extravagant... but I love my little thimble :) I find that it is functional, clever, and beautiful all at the same time. The company also makes bronze and sterling silver thimbles, but I fell in love with the dainty little gold flowers and dimples, so I guess it made sense to keep the gold one.l
I mostly use it for quilting and for the odd mending job these days... I can't wait for the next major quilting obsession to really give it a good work in. Over the last few years, knitting and spinning have been the main passion, but I am always on the lookout for beautiful cottons and I keep on stashing for the next big quilt. Someday I'll feel inspired and start a qulit and work exclusively on that for a few months. The quilting bug seems to hit and take hold infectiously when it does, so chances are I will be blogging about it when it does! I've been working on a little baby quilt for my new niece or nephew... due any time now. Something about babies makes me think of homemade goodies :)