This is it! Exquisite! A Japanese thimble is supposed to fit on your middle finger, and is used to push the needle with the side of your finger. The system would work well for me the way I stitch, but this thimble will not be used that way, I would be too afraid of messing up the stitching.
This is the picture Chloe Patricia sent me so I could pick the thimble I wanted. Don't they look like jewels?
(Click on the picture to see them close up.)
Even more exciting, she sent me a preformed base with the stitching started, and another base to practice adding the padding and...
All the supplies needed to start from scratch. Silk thread; bias tape; silk batting for cushioning; and the paper strips that give the thimble its body and are used for marking.
Besides that, she gave me an additional started base to share with a friend. This will not be a random give-away, but if you are interested, let me know. Hopefully, with this help from Chloe Patricia, I will be able to make the bases myself, so more than one request will hopefully not be a problem.
You can make these larger as well, big enough to wear as bracelets, or use as the base for a pin cushion, or wider and used as a pendant/bead on a necklace cord. The possibilities are endless!
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