Derailed hexi creation. . .

You may ask, what could possibly derail the creation of hexies, here at hexi creation central? 🙂 a simple nail trimming. . .I noticed while I was stitching, that to save my finger from the occasional jab of the needle, I was using the tip of my nail.

With the little ones, I don’t keep my nails long – but after a very close trim I only had to send the needle shooting up between my nail and the flesh it protects once to end ALL hexie production.

then the search began. . .

evolution of the thimble testing. . .

The first thing I tried, not pictured above, is something called Thimble-It.  They are these clear oval shaped stickers that you place on your finger covering the needle contact point.  These are great because you can place them where you need them.  They didn’t work for me, because it took a while to work them in. . .when you first place them on your finger they are stiff and unyielding.  On contact the needle will slide right off and can jab you 😦 and i needed something that would be ready when i was ready for that 2 minutes allotted by the nippers.

The pretty pink and silver topped thimble would be great for quilting a long running stitch I bet.  Bought a medium, just a little too snug.  I have big hands 🙂

the plastic purple one?  I thought for sure I had found a winner, I figured being plastic it would bend, yet protect and it was PURPLE!  No dice, bought the large, it kind of spins on my finger 🙂 but that could have been resolved.  Unfortunately it is a hard unyielding plastic, the slight grooves weren’t located where I would rest the needle. . .I gave up on that one. . .

now the last little leather cutie. . .that’s the one!

gearing up hexie production. . .

Please ignore the dry lizard skin. . .so far this leather one by Clover fits the bill.  It will yield to the needle just enough to stop it from slipping and protects my finger!  It accommodates the finger/needle contact point – awesome.  I just shoulda bought a large!  This one is a little tight, but I wonder if that is due to the fact that leather will stretch a little over time. . .I’ll try it for a while longer. . .

😉

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8 Comments on “Derailed hexi creation. . .”

  1. February 11, 2013 at 2:35 pm #

    I use a leather thimble too, for exactly the same reason – for hand quilting especially but also for piecing if I’m doing a lot. Otherwise, ouch!

    • February 11, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

      Did you find the leather forming to the finger or loosening after a while?

      • February 12, 2013 at 2:45 am #

        It does get a little less stiff after some wearing, but not so much that it comes loose.

  2. February 11, 2013 at 3:51 pm #

    You are doing a wonderful job on your Hexie quilt! I have only two rows done. I’m glad that you found something that works for you. So far, I haven’t needed to use a thimble. I’m afraid I would be very ackward with it.

    • February 11, 2013 at 4:56 pm #

      Thank you! And yes, it is a little awkward but I’ve gotten used to it 😉

  3. February 11, 2013 at 7:56 pm #

    Isn’t it amazing how the butt end of the needle can always find the same hole in the finger? Ouch! Glad you found one because heaven forbid we can’t work on our hexies ; )

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