Back when I started quilting, I only knew of one kind of thimble. The one that looks like a tiny metal wastebasket and completely covers the finger tip.
Along the way, I discovered ring thimbles, open sided thimbles, leather thimbles as well as a few other options.
Today we also have some innovative and less bulky choices. They are adhesive discs that stick to your fingers and you’ll learn all about them when you visit:
Oh, by the way, I did a quick Google search on thimble pads and found a number of sites, including amazon.com, that carry them. Chances are good that your local sewing or quilting shops also have them.