Tommie Jane (TJ) Lane is pictured with her daughter, Cynthia. TJ has been making Sterling silver and 18K gold jewelry and thimbles for nearly five decades. TJ has a studio in her home in Fairfield, Iowa where appointments can be made by individuals or small groups to visit, however most of the thimbles and sewing jewelry are sold through the secure website as well as by vendors in various parts of the world.
The thimbles and sewing tools are made from Sterling silver or 18K gold, sometimes in combination with special steel components such as needle threader wires, cutter blades, stiletto and crochet hook tips. The under-the-quilt thimble has a silver disk faced with stainless steel. Most of the thimbles and components for tools are cast with the lost wax method. Models to make molds may be first sculpted in wax or handmade directly in precious metal by TJ.
TJ practices a high degree of craftsmanship and guarantees her products. If a hole develops in one of her thimbles she can repair it. If a needle threader wire breaks, she can replace it. If unexpected damage happens, she can probably restore the piece. There is no charge for repairs or replacements but $10 dollars is required for shipping to be replaced or repaired. For repairs sent from outside the USA, a credit card can be used to pay applicable shipping charges.
A little more about TJ: TJ Lane learned metalworking at the University of Arizona in Tucson in the 1960s. TJ was a public school reading specialist before she began making jewelry full time. She taught silversmithing privately and at community college and wrote articles for Lapidary Journal and other magazines on silversmithing techniques.
When TJ started offering her thimbles for sale, quilters, sewers, and collectors were immediately attracted to her beautiful, lightweight, comfortable thimbles and creative sewing tools.
THIMBLES BY TJ LANE are made and finished entirely in the USA. Billanti Casting Company in New York makes molds from TJ's models and has been casting her thimbles and jewelry components since 1970. Finishing and setting gems is done in Fairfield, Iowa. There has never been a "brick and mortar" store front. Prices are based on precious metals market and are subject to change without notice.
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