I live in Connecticut, the Constitution State. There are no heirloom sewing shops nearby, just JoAnn Fabrics, Michaels and Hobby Lobby. We do have a few quilt fabric, needlepoint and knitting stores, but these are few and far between.
But we do have the Thimble Islands!
The Thimble Islands is an archipelago consisting of small islands in Long Island Sound, located in and around the harbor of Stony Creek in the southeast corner of Branford, Connecticut.
Known to the Mattabeseck Indians as Kuttomquosh, "the beautiful sea rocks,
Although they are said to be named for the thimbleberry, a relative of the black raspberry, that plant is seldom seen in the area, and is more frequent in northern New England. Other species of blackberry and raspberry, however, are sometimes referred to by residents of the area as thimbleberries.
And I belong to Thimbleberry Chapter of SAGA, which is named for the thimbleberry bush.
Do you know how your chapter name came about? It is a fun thing to research-let me know what you discover!