I had the privilege and honor of being an invited guest to the 2010 17th Biennial International Thimble Convention that took place here in Cincinnati, Ohio. I attended part of the convention with Lucerne Wulf. Lucerne is an internationally known (and collected) thimble designer and collector. Her personal collection is massive. Massive and beautiful. Like, thousands and thousands.
The convention took place at the Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel which is a beautiful building. It is one of the finest examples of French Art Deco in the US and my favorite building in Cincinnati.
Instead of telling you about thimbles, I’m just going to show you.
I’ll start with my collection:
I like religious-themed thimbles.
My first thimble. A gift to me when I was 13 from Lucerne. She handmade this thimble. It’s silver.
Pope hat! It has a chip, but you know what, it’s awesome.
OK, now for some photos from the convention:
First of all, the place was packed. Hoppin’! Actually, the energy was very positive and lively.
Table decorations above. Giant plastic thimble. Where does one find that?
Some of the thimbles for sale. Look at them–you can see one is ‘stained glass’, some are silver, some are brass—how cool.
Photos from a different booth. As you can see, starting a thimble collection can be inexpensive.
The one above was a favorite. It has a little embroidered flower in a window. How cool.
There was more! More!
The little animals above–those are thimbles too.
Another thimble with embroidery. Charming.
There were even sewing accessories and the like. Special cases. Vintage stuff. It really was something you could totally get lost in. Even me, who had never really had an interest or knowledge (of any kind) of thimbles.
This is one of my Mom’s thimbles. It’s a working abacus.
And this one. Made of peacock feathers.
So, welcome to the world of thimbles. They are so much more than the little aluminum ones you can buy at Joanne Fabrics for 99 cents, aren’t they? I feel really lucky to have gone to something like this and I hope you’ve enjoyed the photos.