Thimbles are one of the most widely collected of all needlework tools. Thimble societies exist in every continent, and a collector, called a digitabulist, can concentrate on any given style, maker or era. Choose brass, bronze, ceramic, glass, gold, ivory, leather, mother of pearl, porcelain, silver, or wood. There is a plethora of shapes, designs and sizes (for ages 4 and older). They can be adjustable (or not), beautiful, figural, humorous, ornate, pretty or plain, ugly, weird, whimsical, useful or absolutely useless. They can come in sets, made topless for tailors, or made as advertising items. They are popular for tourist memorials. Thimbles can be embellished with abalone, beads, diamonds, enamel, precious stones, or anything else the maker desires. Some even have cutters or needle threaders attached, and some have a holder for chatelaines, or boast decorative cases. Is it time to start your own collection? Have you already started? More than three can become a collection, you know.
The writers of our blog are the actual Fort Worth Chapter members. Not only are they talented with a needle and thread, but they are wonderful writers as well.