Monday, July 7, 2008

Thimbles

Last week, I spent a week on a Caribbean beach relaxing on the sand and soaking up some sun. With me were my sister and her two lovely daughters. So, this week it is back to reality.
There were questions from my last post about my thimbles and how do I use them. Being right-handed, this is how I wear them. The yellow finger needle grab is a piece from a latex glove for washing dishes.
My thimbles are extra large and tape, etc. is used to line the inside so that the thimbles fit my finger. I had some thimbles that were an exact fit but the metal bothered my skin and a rash developed every time I used them.

The one on the left has a piece of the latex glove cut up and taped to the inside of the thimble. It acts as a cushion and relieves friction against the metal.

The middle thimble has black electrical tape inside for the same purpose.

The needle grabber shows two pieces together (they were too large to use separately). You don't want the grabber too loose that it flies off your finger.

On another post, I will talk about waxing my threads.

Have a good day!

8 comments:

Linda said...

Now that was certainly a tease photo. How wonderful a Caribbean beach....

Kim said...

Happy feet there in the sand. Lovely vacation and well deserved! :)

Guðrún said...

I hope you are very well relaxed after your visit to the Caribbean beach. Thank you for this tutorial. Your left index finger is to guide the needle on the back, right?

Teresa said...

Thanks for the explanation. I like the needle grabber idea. I have been using one of those rubber round discs and just lay it on the quilt until I need it - but when I need it, it has usually fallen on the floor and the hunt is on. I use the underthimble on middle finger under the quilt and it probably serves the same purpose as your thimble. I know several quilting buddies who do not use thimbles at all, and I just don't see how they do it. I would have blood everywhere.

Rhondee said...

If you're like me, I prick the finger that the thimble is not on....LOL......Please come by my blog and get a teaser on the Booty Swap that we are a part of.

Brenda said...

Thanks for the info on thimbles. I am going to try the glove. I have never used a thimble for my embroidery...but now that I am learning how to hand quilt at times I need a thimble. But I do not like them. So hopefully the glove can be a solution!

Belém said...

Thanks for the tips about thimbles. I also use a piece of glove to help to pull the needle but I cut it from cirurgic gloves because they are more tight then kitchen gloves.

Violette Severin said...

Thanks for the info on thimbles. I am 1 of those quilters who doesn't use a thimble coz it is always in the way.