Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Tuesday Theme - Thimbles

Adorable thimble planters by DoodleBirdie
Thimble Print Bookpage by Winterberry Cottage
Vintage Thimble Necklaces by LovelyMusings
Porcelain Bunny Thimble from Idale's Etsy Shop

As a seamstress I've always been fascinated by thimbles. I have a few of my grandmothers but I've never really been a collector. Here's a bit of history from wiki

thimble is a small hard pitted cup worn for protection on the finger that pushes the needle in sewing.
The earliest known thimble was Roman and was found at Pompeii. Made of bronze, its creation has been dated to the 1st century AD. A second Roman thimble was found at Verulamium, present day St Albans, in the UK and can be viewed in the museum there.
According to the United Kingdom Detector Finds Database, thimbles dating to the 10th century have been found in England, and thimbles were in widespread use there by the 14th century. Although there are isolated examples of thimbles made of precious metals—Elizabeth I is said to have given one of her ladies-in-waiting a thimble set with precious stones—the vast majority of metal thimbles were made of brass. Medieval thimbles were either cast brass or made from hammered sheet. Early centers of thimble production were those places known for brass-working, starting with Nuremberg in the 15th century, and moving to Holland by the 17th.

Here are a couple of 'thimble' blogs -



SueBee said...

I love those thimble planters Jamie!!! Hope you are well and having great winter...

Anonymous said...

I love the thimbles. I can remember seeing different ones as a child. They can be such little works of art.