Thimbles and Thimble Cases

Thimbles and Thimble Cases

Paperback Shire Book S.

By (author) Eleanor Johnson

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  • Publisher: SHIRE PUBLICATIONS LTD
  • Format: Paperback | 40 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 201mm x 13mm | 113g
  • Publication date: 4 March 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Buckinghamshire
  • ISBN 10: 0747804036
  • ISBN 13: 9780747804031
  • Edition: 2
  • Edition statement: 2nd edition
  • Illustrations note: colour and b&w illustrations
  • Sales rank: 219,207

Product description

To many people a thimble may seem to be simply a mundane and commonplace object with unromantic shape and associations, even if the work with which it assists can frequently be exquisite and imaginative. This book will open a door to the charm of the humble thimble in all its variety, from the simple workaday type to the rarer and more exquisite examples that gave scope for artists and craftsmen, and indeed still do. It will give those new to a fascinating collecting field an introduction to the possibilities that exist, including the parallel subject of thimble cases. The more interesting old thimbles are less plentiful than they once were but are still worth searching for in antique shops and antique fairs, while those currently being made and on sale in good gift shops can make a worthy addition to any comprehensive collection.

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Author information

Eleanor Johnson has from her youth enjoyed using her hands in many forms of needlework and crafts, and this in due course led her to her present interest in antique needlework tools. In her experience, thimbles are among the most widely collected items from the past.

Table of contents

Collecting thimbles The history of thimbles Workaday thimbles Thimbles for the accomplished needlewoman Luxury thimbles Novelties and oddities Worldwide thimbles Modern thimbles Thimble cases Societies Further reading