About Us

Thimble Collectors International (TCI) celebrated its 42nd Anniversary in 2020. Unfortunately, members were unable to meet at the biennial convention due to the COVID-19 virus. The organization has members from around the world. 


On 16 January 2021, TCI held its first member ZOOM meeting. A short business meeting was followed by a program titled “The One That Got Away” meaning the entire year of 2020! The program was based on a fish theme. Members in attendance enjoyed visiting with their fellow collectors from around the world. We plan to continue with the ZOOM get-togethers in 2022 and each will include a program and a short auction.

The HISTORY OF TCI can be viewed here.  This is a history of how thimble collectors joined to share their common interests, first by correspondence and then by meeting in local groups. This led to the formation of TCI. This information was originally written in 1998, but as with any organization, we continue to grow and the history must be expanded upon and updated. TCI holds a convention every two years in different cities around the USA.

The TCI BULLETIN, the organization’s newsletter, is produced four times a year and is filled with informative articles on needlework tools and thimbles as well as other useful information for the collector. The TCI Bulletin is printed will full-color images and mailed 1st Class Mail in a protective plastic sleeve. is As an example, by clicking on the title in blue, you can read a wonderful article from the Winter 2017 issue titled Two Hundred Years of Iroquois Beadwork by Dolores Elliot. Dolores was a guest speaker at the 2016 Niagara Falls, New York, convention.  All past Bulletin issues are available to read or download on the Members Only side of our website. An A-Z Index of Bulletin articles can be found by clicking here.


Left: Fern Ware Pin Disc, circa 1800s. Middle: Thimble Collage. Right: Straw Work Needle Box.
Left: Fern Ware Pin Disc, circa the 1800s. Middle: Thimble Collage. Right: Straw Work Needle Box.


The Internet has changed the organization and we have expanded our horizons. The official TCI website continues to grow rapidly and in 2010 a MEMBERS ONLY section was introduced. This part of the website is filled with an abundance of information. Research files that include both needlework tools and thimbles, Price Guides, data and image files on Fakes & Reproductions, Hallmarks & Maker’s Marks, historical data about TCI, Club/Group/Society thimbles and enameled pins, TCI thimbles, TCI enameled pins, Meissen, our Charter Members, and their collections, Series Documentation, TCI Rental Programs, a Digital Library and much more. As a member of TCI, you benefit from the information shared. We invite you to join TCI today! For more information about TCI, contact Membership.

The Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, convention will take place on 28 September – 01 October 2022.  Join TCI today and meet thimble and needlework tool collectors in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, in 2022.  Convention registration is OPEN. Book your hotel room and your flights and see you in Idaho!