Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Share Your Thimbles - December 2009

Following the previous posts about how to make thimbles, it's a great pleasure for me to announce that I have launched the first ever Share Your Thimble photo pool at Flickr. This is the scheme where everyone can upload their thimbles for any one's views; this is open to public, both participants and viewers. You can jump to Share Your Thimbles from here although at the moment there are only one picture there.

This is to promote traditional Japanese silk stitched thimbles and to encourage everyone to start making their own. There is only two rules; firstly it has to be a thimble you yourself made which can be uploaded. I don't think anyone would steal someone else's work but just in case. Secondly you will state the circumference of the mould you used, the material you used for the padding, and the kind of thread you used in the description field as you can see in my picture. Other than that, you can upload as many as you would like.

Here is how it works in case you are not familiar with Flickr; as a matter of fact I was not and I still am not, though. As far as I understand, firstly you have to create your own account. Since I had already had Yahoo account, I didn't need to enter much details and I don't think if you do not have Yahoo! ID to start with, it won't require much. Then, upload your photos and when you open the uploaded photo, there is a "send to group" button between the title and the picture.

As this is the first pool, I would like to limit the design to bi-coloured scales only. As I told you before this design is the easiest and at the same time the most difficult one so it's a challenge for everyone, from the very first time beginners to the very skilled thimble makers. To encourage your participation, I am offering a give away. When I close the pool on 21st of December, I will draw one lucky person who can choose one small pin cushion from my Etsy shop, on the condition that s/he will not sell it away. At the moment there are 17 there and even if, and it's a big if, I made big sales, I would make sure that lucky person could chose from at least from a dozen. To enter the draw, please leave a comment here, to this post, that you have uploaded your thimble. One entry per one upload, so if you uploaded two photos, then you have to leave two comments for two entries. Please note, this is not a competition, but a simple draw.

Closing date is 21st of December, three weeks from now. I know for a fact that some of the you are thimble makers and some of you are thinking of making one. I would be greatly disappointed if you won't participate in. This is open to anyone, so please tell your friends and invite them for me.


  1. This is a beauty, Chloe!
    I'm following you a while ado and I do want to try making a thimbles. I only don't know if I end it till 21st of December... but I'll try hardly :))
    Thank you for this wonderful blog and for sharing your work. Thank you!

  2. Thank you for your words, Chloe!
    You are very kind and I'll write you if I need more ribbons. I'm a beginner with ribbons... I think shipping from Japan will turn ribbons too expensive.
    I'm trying to manage starting a thimble this week!!! Let's see :)

  3. Hi Chloe Patricia,

    I uploaded one thimble so far! I like the idea of a thimble sharing group. I completely agree with you about the bi-colored scales being easy and yet hard at the same time. It is easy because the geometry is so simple but then it is difficult to fill in the large spaces evenly and consistently.

    I really like the idea of you setting a pattern for us to work on. Thank you so much for all of the thimble help you offer.


  4. I am not a thimble maker but I so do admire your work and the work of others. Good luck in your endeavors and Merry Christmas from Gloria in Chicagoland.

  5. Hi Again!

    I finished the thimble I started just for this group and just posted it. This is really fun. I did 10 sections on the one I just posted. I really hope that others post some thimbles too.

    I have two quick questions:
    1. Do you want a comment here each time we add a thimble to the Flickr group?
    2. If you do shaded colors on one part of the design does it still count as a bi-colored scales design? Or not because of color changes within a section?


  6. I tried to comment earlier, but I don't think it worked, so sorry if I end up double commenting. I added a picture of my 'ring', in the hands of its owner. I hope you get lots of entries.

  7. I've just added a picture of my second thimble. I think it's too small and was hard to do!

  8. Hi again!
    In fact I decided to add my first try!
    As you said when I've done my 20th may be it should look better :)

    Thanks for sharing all this beauty , Chloe!

  9. Hi Chloe Patricia,

    I added another thimble to the Flickr group. This time I used your method for dividing into segments and it worked much better. I am learning so much by participating this way. Thanks again!

  10. Hi Chloe Patricia

    I added a thimble to the flickr group.

  11. Hi Chloe Patricia,

    I added thimble #2 to the flickr group.

  12. It's been so much fun watching everyone add more and more pictures, so I've added another ring too. Your marking tutorial made it much easier to get 24 division. This time the, the camera macro is on, so I can see how far I have to go to improve stitch regularity and coverage. Oh well, practice makes perfect.

  13. Hi Chloe Patricia

    I added thimble #3 to the flickr group.

  14. Hi Chloe Patricia,

    I added thimble #4 to the flickr group.

  15. Hi Chloe Patricia,

    I added thimble #5 to the flickr group.

    This has been fun-hope you do it again.
    Really appreciate your instructions.

  16. Hi Chloe Patricia,

    I added one last thimble to the group. I did this one with two colors that were very close together. I am not sure i like it as much as the ones with more contrast. Thanks again for setting this up.