Surprise 4: Americana Needlework Tools

Gay Ann Rogers  Needlework

Americana Needlework

Tools From Carolyn

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My Comments: I love to collect thimbles and here is one of my favorites, Simons Liberty Bell, crack and all, made by Simons, one of the great American thimble-makers.

This is the reissue in 1976 for the Bicentential; scroll down and you will find the 1926 issue for the Sesquicentennial. (As an indulgence, I have both, but not the original one)

My Comments: How pretty is this large American stiletto with a French-like design on its silver handle marked 'sterling.' Although it may look French, it is larger and the shape different and the 'sterling' stamp a giveaway, even without the American Maker's Mark. Personally, I think this one is a bargain and I hope it finds a happy home.


My Comments: For somebody who likes to collect Americana, here was a thimble high on my wish list, but not easy to find: Washington, D. C. Thimble made by Simons. This one, made for the Smithsonian is long out of production and almost as difficult to find as the original.


My Comments: Yes, crochet hooks are for crocheting, but these finely made ones also help with a myriad of stitching tasks as well, one example, pulling a small thread through a small space. I've never tried it, but I've often wondered about using a crochet hook to do chain stitch (similar to the job of the old Tambour Hook). Interesting idea to try and this fine point is a perfect size.


My Comments: I've always loved this thimble, who can't use a bit of luck. It's always reminded me of a good luck charm, worth having tucked in a stitching bag.

Of late I have developed a passion for thimbles by Stern Bros. and can't get enough of them. I already had this one or it wouldn't be here. Hope it finds a nice home.


My Comments: Yes, crochet hooks are for crocheting, but these finely made ones also help with a myriad of stitching tasks as well, one example, pulling a small thread through a small space. I've never tried it, but I've often wondered about using a crochet hook to do chain stitch (similar to the job of the old Tambour Hook). Interesting idea to try and this fine point is a perfect size.


My Comments: The first thimble on this page is the 76 Liberty Bell thimble made by Simons in 1976. Fifthy years earlier, for the Sesquicentennial in 1926*, Simons issued this Liberty Bell with thirteen stars. It is an extravagance to have both, but fun to compare them.

*I had always thought the reissue was for the Sesquicentennial, but I have heard too that it was reissued in support of WWI. It could have been either -- or both.

My Comments: Simons, known for its thimbles, also made scissors, but not nearly as many survived. Here are handsome scissors that would go very nicely with a Liberty Bell thimble or the Washington, D.C. thimble, in a Patriotic sewing case.

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#4-4   $113.00

#4-5   $73.00

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#4-3   $88.00

#4-7   $43.00

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Carolyn's Americana Tools!

When I started stitching Betsy Ross, Carolyn started looking for and saving  these American tools specially

#4 -1   $43.00

Marian Lipsius and Special Thimbles

The thimbles on this page are very special to me.

When I wrote my book, American Silver Thimbles, I borrowed thimbles from 53 different collectors and Marian's thimbles figured prominently in my book. She was such a sweet person and so helpful to me all throughout the process of my writing the book.

Marian Lipsius was a great thimble collector who had an amazing collection. When she died last year, the thimble collection came to Carolyn to sell.  All the thimbles here belonged to Marian and I like to think she would love that her collection would continue on in the hands of seasoned thimble collectors and maybe inspire some new collectors as well.

As Carolyn has offered Marian's thimbles, I have bought them and hope for more. They are always such beautiful , carefully-chosen examples and I love them in part because they were Marian's.

#4-8   $78.00

The thimbles on this page are special to me: scroll down to read why.

#4-6   $48.00


My Comments: I was hoping that Marian's beautiful thimbles might inspire some new collectors, and here is a perfect collector's thimble. The pattern is beautiful (imagine adapting it to needlepoint, what a pretty design it makes).

A great reason to collect thimbles is space. In a time when we all have too much crowded in space at home, you can collect thimbles for a long while and if you carefully fix them, one inside another, you can store 50 of them in a small  3" x 3" by 1 1/2" box. I know, I used to travel with a box full of thimbles.

What I love is to look for thimbles with pretty patterns. I just finished stitching an American Silver Thimbles Sampler designed entirely from thimble bands. Without doubt my favorite piece I've stitched since the beginning of the pandemic.

A perfect first thimble with a lovely heritage from Marian.

#4-9   $28.00

From Gay Ann: It is my joy to share these beautiful tools with you. Please know that I have no financial interest in Carolyn's business other than I buy too much from her. Enjoy!

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