About Us

Thimble Collectors International (TCI) celebrated its 40th Anniversary in 2018.  The organization has members from around the world. 

 

The HISTORY OF TCI can be viewed here.  This is a history of how thimble collectors joined to share their common interest, 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. 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 in the Members Only side of our website.

 

Left: Fern Ware Pin Disc, circa 1800s. Middle: Thimble Collage. Right: Straw Work Needle Box.
Left: Fern Ware Pin Disc, circa 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 2020 convention has been postponed due to the COVID-19 virus. It will now take place on 2-5 June 2021.  Join TCI today and meet thimble and needlework tool collectors in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, in 2021.