This post is about handmade Japanese thimbles (like the one with the watermelon design)! Apparently, Japanese thimbles are rings instead of the shape I’m used to. Ma Mercerie by Chloe Patricia is a blog about all the ways you can make these thimbles with silk over a ring-shaped base (or make anything else that’s a ring, like the base for a pincushion and napkin rings). She also has detailed instructions on how to make them, sells them if you’d rather just buy one, and sells kits to get you started.
Now, I know y’all want to know how to make them! First, you make a base. Then you wrap the base in silk thread. There are additional details in the rest of the posts in the “How I make my thimbles” section. It’s actually fairly straightforward -you mostly have to keep track of the threads you are wrapping and keep the wrapping angle right for the pattern you are doing.
OK, here are a few more finished pieces (these two are pincushion bases):
Chloe Patricia runs a monthly thimble-making contest, where you can win a thimble from her. This means there’s a Flickr gallery with over a hundred photos of these lovely thimbles made by people all over the world. I had a lot of fun looking them all over.