Nowadays, most needleworkers never bother to protect their fingers because modern highly polished needles and thinner fabrics mean that fingers don't get so sore. I have to admit, I have tried to use a thimble while doing needlework and it ends up being more trouble than it's worth.
My collection of thimbles began like my collection of buttons; a cherished inheritance from my grandmothers. I proudly display my thimble collection in my sewing room, along with many other vintage sewing tools.
I enjoy looking at my thimbles and the history behind each one of them intrigues me. I wonder what my grandmothers might have been sewing or mending when they used their thimbles. The unique thing about my collection is that no two are exactly alike, some are plain and some are fancy. They range in shape, size and type of material they are made from. Some look almost new and others are very worn and even dented. A couple of them are plastic and the rest are made from brass, silver and nickle. Several of them have advertising on them from insurance companies, butter companies and coffee companies, and others are decorative either on the edge with beautiful engraving or the entire thimble is painted in a variety of colors.