Thimbles are extremely helpful for protecting your fingers during hand sewing. Apparently they are very, very old. Here is a brief history of thimbles. The Fingerhut Museum in Creglingen, Germany is the only dedicated museum in the world. I find this hard to believe! Everybody has thimbles, even the Cherokee Museum has a very colorful one. You can buy a Royal Wedding- Will and Kate commemorative thimble too. Here are State Thimbles. Nancy's Notions carries some cute thimbles. There is even a Museum of thimble holders and items holding thimbles. What about functional thimbles though? Clover thimbles is a good place to start. To find just the right size try here. And, in case you didn't know, thimbles are supposed to be worn on the middle finger of the dominant hand (or where ever works best for you!).