By Annemart Berendse
TJ Lane, just like Glenn. It is the middle one of the normal thimbles on the picture and it is closed and heavy, made of Sterling silver and it is just beautiful.
One way or another I love a heavy thimble. It gives me control over my needle, just like a heavy iron. The other thimbles are in a larger and a smaller size to adapt to hotter and colder days and other reasons why my fingers are sometimes a bit bigger than other days.
thumb thimble. As I quilt in a frame, turning the hoop is not an option. To manage that I have a ThumbThimble, created by Ted Storm, an international award winning quilter. The ThumbThimble gives me the opportunity to quilt away from me, from the lower left to the upper right. That way I never have to change position at my frame.
The ThumbThimble requires an adaptation in your technique, but it works great for me. Because I use my thumb and my full hand to make the quilt move, the tension on my hand is less. Instead of putting the tension on one finger, I can use my full hand to make the quilt move. And that is a great advantage for me.
The last item on my right hand is a Dutch invention: the needle puller, the yellow thing on the picture. The needle puller is a gadget to pull the needle through the fabric when you lack the power in your fingers to pull the needle through. On YouTube the inventor demonstrates the use of it, although I position the needle puller not at the top of my fingers, but completely at the base of my fingers against my palm. On my own blog I wrote a link about this gadget as not many Americans are aware of the possibilities (and are not handquilting ;-)).
I will inform you in another log about my scissors. They're worth a log on their own, because you can never have too many scissors.
Have fun quilting!