Sewing thimble

Years ago, I made a quilt by hand, without using a sewing machine. I read books and taught myself how to quilt through the fabric and batting layers. And I followed the authors' instructions to use a thimble. 

metal quilting thimble

Since then I've found it hard to hand sew anything without the protection of my thimble. I can, but I feel naked without it.

sewing thimble, size 1

sewing thimble

I have strong feelings about many of the tools I use. As a maker, these tools are almost as meaningful to me as the things I make. I created #toolsontuesday to keep up the practice of sharing stories about the tools we use and live with.

Every Tuesday, I share one of my favorite tools. I hope you'll share yours in the comments — it feels good to honor these everyday objects.


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