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Monday, 15 April 2013

Do you use a thimble - a giveaway



Marsha has very generously sponsored another giveaway. I have a Westair pewter Victoria and Albert 1840 commemorative thimble and a book on the Textiles at Sulgrave Manor in Northamptonshire to giveaway.


To qualify for the giveaway please leave a comment below about how you care for and protect your hands whilst stitching.

I find that I have a small callus on the left side of the tip of my middle finger from my needle. I always use a thimble if I am sewing but not when I am stitching. When my finger becomes sore I use some microtape that evening.

What do you use?

I will draw a name on May 1st from the comments left.


38 comments:

Elaine said...

Between gardening and frequent hand washing because of Jasper :D my hands/nails are a right state! I always smother my hands in hand cream last thing at night. I also use a thimble.

Deb said...

All I really to is keep my hands moisturized. I've never really gotten sore from stitching at all, but I find when I use silks I have to make sure that my hands are not dry at all as the silk wants to catch on every piece of dry skin.

Margaret said...

I use a thimble for quilting too, but for stitching, nothing. I do get sore on my fingertips, but it's usually not bad enough to worry about. If one gets too bad, I switch to my other finger. lol!

Jonette said...

I only use a thimble when I quilt. And as a side note, I use my great-grandmother's thimble. My biggest battle is keep my hands from getting too dry. Being a healthcare provider, I have to wash my hands so much at work that they often get very dry. I use lots of hand cream.

Starry-eyed stitcher said...

I do try to use a good quality hand cream at bedtime, but luckily my hands are usually not too dry. At the moment my 'receiving' finger tip is sore, that is the middle finger on my left hand which guides the needle underneath the linen - for some reason I keep pricking it. Will I sleep for a hundred years whilst waiting for my prince?? Irene xxx

Laurie in Iowa said...

I use Udderly Smooth cream, a greaseless and stainless cream used on cow utters, to prevent silk from snagging on rough fingers.

HollyXSing said...

I occasionally will use a thimble when stitching...I have collected several over the last couple of years!

There are these little sticky disks you can stick on your finger to help. I have bought some, but haven't used them...I think they are lost in my sewing room. Has that ever happend to you?

I do use lotion. This helps when stitching with silk:)

Happy Stitches,

-Holly

KB said...

No thimble use here...there is just one brand of needle that bothers the tip of my middle finger right hand due to sharpness at the eye and I avoid using them...I do tend to frequently stick the fingers of my left hand (my receiving finger) but have started to develop a callus there.. (I have not always stitched using a sewing method but finding I really like it) as for keeping my hands soft and snag free. I use Mary Kay's Satin Hands.

Thank you Marsha for sponsoring this giveaway.. that is so very generous!! even though I do not use them.. I love thimbles..

woolwoman said...

Thanks for the giveaway opp Marsha! I just try to make sure my hands are well moisturized especially in the winter months. Gosh -- I don't accomplish enough stitching to get sore fingers (wink) - Thanks Melody

Louise said...

I don't do anything special, just apply hand cream a few times a day. I've never used a thimble, though I do have a small collection of them.

Nikki said...

I have never tried using a thimble. I don't get sore, or get calluses from stitching. I do have VERY dry hands in the winter, and my skin cracks open on my thumbs. I try to keep my nails trimmed, and I have used Utterly Smooth cream for years and love it.

Nikki

Fiona said...

I don't use a thimble or anything to protect my fingers when stitching. I do suffer from very dry skin in my hands and to enable me to stitch with silk, I smother them in hand cream at bedtime and cover them with cotton gloves, it helps keep them smooth.

Teresa S. said...

I usually don't use a thimble when stitching. But I use a good hand cream every night.
My recent problem has been stabbing my receiving finger (under the canvas) with my needle. I counted 10 times the other night and had to resort to a Bandaid for a little protection.

Laura - StitchinManiac said...

I don't use a thimble when stitching on linen, but I do use one with other forms of embroidery and quilting. When the fabric isn't as easy to pull or push the needle through, that's when I end up with the needle in my finger if I don't have a thimble! And, I try to keep my hands moisturized, but I live in dry country!

Thanks for sponsoring this. It's been fun to watch all the happenings here, even though I haven't posted much. I am making slow progress!

A Canny Stitcher said...

I don't use a thimble for cross stitch but I always use one for other types of stitching. I have very dry skin, not just on my hands, and I find silk threads catch. I wear rubber gloves while cleaning, gloves when gardening and leather gloves at other times when outside (I have two outdoor jobs). I use Dove hand cream whenever I wash my hands and use a rich cream at night with cotton gloves. Hmm, all those gloves and I still have "sandpaper" hands!
Anne

mommafoso said...

Thanks for the pictures of the thimble and textile book - how generous to give these away!

I wash my hands frequently when stitching. I always use a thimble when quilting sometimes when hand sewing but not when doing my cross stitch or samplers.

As I age I have to use more hand cream: Uderrly Smooth as Laurie mentioned (when I can find it) when stitching ; Gold Bond Ultimate, some wonderful hand creams from PERLIER with shea butter.

Jenny said...

What a lovely giveaway Marsha. Thank you so much. I usually use a thimble when I quilt but not when I work on samplers. However I try really hard to keep my hands moisturized because like many of you the threads catch on any little dry spot. While reading a few tips about quilting a few years back I learned that plain old chap stick helps smooth out the dry spots and calluses that catch any little thread. I laughed, but one night I had a really sore finger from hand quilting so I decided why not........put some on before bed......and what do you know..........better by morning. What can I say......sometimes it is just the smallest things...LOL.

Serena B said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I use Udderly Smooth cream throughout the day. When my hands are dry and rough I use my paraffin wax bath spa for pampering. I too have used those sticky dots for your finger tip but also have misplaced them.lol If needed I have used a bandaid but I suppose I could go on a search for those dots. Generally my fingers don't get sore. Only when quilting and doing embroidery do I use a thimble.

Vera said...

What a great give-away -- thanks Marsha! Like so many others, I do not use a thimble when I stitch. Occasionally I will use one when doing some hand-stitching if using a very tough (i.e., upholstery) fabric), but never when cross-stitching. I do slather on the hand cream religiously each evening.

Ann Proudley said...

What a wonderful give-away! No thimble but I do use Cretan on my hands, especially Udder Cream.

Jen said...

I use udderly smooth, a lotion that farmers use on their cows' udders to keep them soft. I keep a bottle next to my stitching chair, one under the sink and one by my desk at work, this stuff really works!!

Debbie Bauer said...

What a wonderful giveaway! I tried the method under hints and tips on our blog.( the olive oil and sugar wash.) Works great especially a few min. before I stitch.I have tryed many hand creams and love the one I am using now -its natural skin cream with propolis.
I do not use a thimble for stitching but I have collected a few different and unique ones for display.

FlyawayJil said...

Though I've been stitching one thing or another for as long as I can remember, I've never been comfortable with a thimble. I was delighted to discover vet wrap - a dry stick elastic type of wrap we use to bandage our dogs, cats and horses. Holds aggressively, and when wrapped around my fingertip, offers flexible protection without the claustrophobic feel of a thimble. It has the added benefit of being a super needle grip,too. Since I'm also a "pusher" when knitting, it's provided great protection on that index finger, too! One of my friends has suggested that I'm missing out on a great opportunity to market this stuff to needlers, but I remind her that I already have a REALJOB, so maybe some ambitious soul here wants to run with this. My favorite color is hot pink!

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Willa said...

Several months ago my fingers began to crack around the top side of the nail. Both thumbs, both index and middle fingers. Cannot figure out what is causing it since it has never happened before. I am a piano teacher as well as a stitcher so these fingers of mine get a workout, but this was a first for me. A stitching friend of mine suggested O'Keeffe's Working Hands hand cream. I've been using it for a month or so and the problem is much better with only a few "breakouts." I love this cream. It is greaseless and I can put it on and pick up my stitching immediately. They also have the same cream formulated for rough cracked feet. It's really good as well. End of commercial! :)

Lelia said...

I like to use Eucerin (brand) Intensive Repair (Extra-enriched hand creme), especially at night.

While stitching, I use pink hair set tape from the beauty supply store.

Funny thing, I have my Mother-in-Law's thimble collection - yet, when I need a thimble, use tape! I also found a flexible thimble at the quilt store - not sure what it is made of, (plastic?) that is comfortable.

Enjoy the day, stitch well!!!

Christine said...

I always use a gold plated needle, that seems to be enough to stop me getting sore fingers

brod'attitude said...

I don't use a thimble if I stich 1/1 but in the others cases if I stich 2/2 or orther embroidery techniques I always use thimble.

sheravery said...

Hate to admit this, but I am quite anal and a tad obsessive compulsive. I wash my hands with great frequency; ergo, I have dry hands. I love working with silk threads, but they tend to catch on my fingers, so I must use a moisturizer on my hands. However, when I pick up a piece to work on, I go wash the moisturizer off as I don't want to get it on my linen. And the cycle begins again. What's a girl to do?

I LOVE thimbles. I have a small collection, though I do not use them when cross stitching. Would love to have another to add to the group. Very nice of Marsha to donate one.

-Sherry-

Lynn said...

I've never used a thimble, or seen a need for one. I only use tapestry needles. I am trying to remember the cream before bed, it really helps when I'm using silks!

Silkstitcher said...

The only time I have used a thimble was in quilting, and it was a leather thimble. Like many others here, I have a small collection of thimbles. Thank you, Marsha, for donating such a special thimble! I have tried many of the lotions recommended especially for needlework. However, lately, I have been using Olay Daily Lotion, and it works just as well as the more expensive ones. It does not damage or soil my linen. It is important to keep my hands moisturized when stitching with silk. I also stitch with Bohin tapestry needles. I love them to pieces! They just glide through the linen.

Bristol Stitcher said...

My hands are terrible! Since I stitch with silk, I have an awful problem with snagging. When it gets bad, I scrub my hands with a dash of sugar in a few teaspoons of olive oil. Works like a charm.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

I don't use a thimble even if I'm sewing an ornie up, I find it gets in my way!
I used to get rough skin when I worked in the bar and found that hemp cream from The Body Shop is really good.
I also use Lansinoh cream on my knees from crawling around after the Small Boy. Lansinoh cream is hideously expensive but the best cream for breast feeding mothers ever invented. I only needed a small amount so have most of a tube left, it's brilliant for hard, dry knees LOL.

H and T said...

Once in awhile my fingers start to hurt. At that point I make a special effort to start holding the needle less tightly and this seems to work. I find that my eyes wear out faster than my fingers do. That said, since I broke a finger two months ago, I have become more careful about wearing my hands out.

Thank you for another wonderful giveaway Nicola!

Heather

Theresa said...


I don't use a thimble while stitching, but I do use hand cream often. Cocoa butter is my favorite : )

Marlene said...

I use a thimble when sewing when the fabric is thick or when I'm going through a seam but I don't use one for stitching. To take care of my hands before stitching, I make sure they are clean and if they are particularly rough, I wash them first with a grainy hand recovery soap/lotion. It's helps get rid of the parts of my fingers that have dry skin protrusions that may sag the fiber..

Bhooma said...

I don't use a thimble while stitching. I wash my hands and apply lotion. In hot weather, my palms sweat a lot. Of course I can't give up stitching just because my hands are sweating, can I? So, I have a napkin right next to me so that I can dry my hands and have a pedestal fan that would blow air right at my stithcing hands. This fan is in addition to the air-conditioner AND the ceiling fan !!

Joanne O'H said...

I am lucky to never suffer from sore hands but, as others have mentioned, I find working with silks can be a challenge if my hands are too dry so I use hand cream first thing in the morning and last thing at night. I don't use a thimble for counted work but always use a thimble for construction hand sewing.
Joanne O'H