Friday, May 20, 2011

Thimble Cage and more fabric I 'need'

Finding the perfect thimble cage is not easy, as it turns out.

Thimble cages are used to hold your thimble in a beautiful cage, as a necklace when you need to pause your quilting, so you don't lose track of them. There is a small ring on top that slides off towards your neck on the string and the cage opens right up.

I wanted to get just the perfect one to hold my favorite antique Simons thimble.

After looking at some pretty ornate ones, I settled on this very minimal version that is available from The Colonial Needle Company.

It is called the thimble teardrop cage by Roxanne, which is a brand that makes various kinds of quilting supplies including needles.

I will warn you that it isn't quite large enough to fit my serious workhorse thimble, though. It's huge so I guess it makes sense, but just so you know...when I go to do a large amount of thimble of choice is the Raised Edge Thimble by the Original Needleart Guild

It looks like there is now a new model out that even includes dimples on the top sides of the thimble. That looks like it would be interesting to try. It would probably give you some additional options in how you use your hand.

I was looking around at Superbuzzy (awesome online fabric shop, lots of Japanese fabric, awesome service too)....and ran into some Lego fabric. If you know me, and how I love to spend time with my sons, you know how much we all love Legos. When I saw this I said, "Wow, I NEED that fabric!" Seriously, does somebody like me ever 'need' any more fabric?

In this case - of course!


Lis said...

Great post. Shall I send you my credit card bill? I didn't even know there was such a thing as a thimble cage but now I NEED one (or two) and if my DS doesn't have Lego fabric I think he will be a very sad bunny, and as for all those gorgeous Japanese designs...I'll say no more.

Steve said...

Marisa, Was wondering if you ever tried quilting with Roxanne thimble? They are truly wonderful, albeit a little spendy. I used to sell the whole line of Roxanne products in my shop. Being a guy, I have always had a hard time finding thimbles large enough to fit my fingers, but Roxanne's go several sizes larger than mine.

If you would like to see some examples of beautiful antique sewing paraphernalia, including thimbles, pin cushions, chatelaines, etc. Check out Jinny Beyer's book, Quiltmaking By Hand. It is a must have in any hand sewer's library.

AnnaVallance said...

I wish I had learned to use a thimble.