What's the big deal behind the little thimble?
Find out more about this tiny sewing implement
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Are you a dressmaker, tailor, or seamstress? If so, chances are you've used a thimble at some point. Designed to protect the finger from a blunt end of a needle in sewing, these handy devices date back to the 10th century. Once used exclusively as part of the sewing process, thimbles have since gained several other uses. They're also very collectible, with rare examples fetching high prices at auction. So, how much do you know about this humble and ancient implement?
Click through the following gallery and weave your way through the fascinating history behind the thimble.
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