Threading a Family Tradition
Caroline Hegwer of The Noble Thread on crafting a business
When you ask CAROLINE HEGWER what her favorite part about being a businesswoman is, she likely cannot give just one answer.
It could be the flare she has for design or the time and skill it takes to yarn dye or sew, or it could be the business itself, marketing, and sales. Whichever it is, Hegwer covers it all and her love and joy for her business, The Noble Thread comes shining thru in every piece.
“I really love all aspects of my business,” says Hegwer, who is Parisian-born and made her way to the states in the 1990s.
She says she is many things in her business. From artist to mathematician to handling research and community relations.
While her education from Smith College qualifies her to be a college-level professor, it was after marriage and children that Hegwer decided she wanted to do something different.
“I wanted to be dedicated to my children and be able to homeschool, so I looked for something to work with from home.”
Hegwer quickly turned to what she knew: knitting, needlepoint, and sewing. It was something that ran in the family as she had learned as a child from her grandmother.
While many see works of original fiber pieces such as quilting and sewing as a dying art, it is right up Hegwer’s ally.
“I value that it is a traditionally feminine role. Women who have supported their families over the years by knitting and quilting, it’s wonderful to see,” she says.
Now, sixteen years in the business of fiber, The Noble Thread continues to thrive. Hegwer says that although her downtown storefront closed in March right before the coronavirus pandemic began taking its toll on the United States, her online business is doing well. She continues to design and post patterns once a month for likeminded crafters.
In addition to original designs, The Noble Thread is known for its beautiful hand-dyed yarns.
Hegwer takes pride in the multi-step, days-long process that she must take to dye yarn. She says that much of her materials come from local North Carolina farmers and companies. In an ode to her Paris heritage, she does have some fibers that come from France.
She is also proud of the local community of fellow artists that, even during COVID-19, stay in contact via phone or email with others that are in the same field and believe it is important to have original works.
“It’s a wonderful legacy to leave something that you created for a family member or a friend. It’s something that will stay on with them that won’t be found on store shelves,” Hegwer says.
“What we spend our time doing is very important, and I want that for what I do, and my business allows me to do just that.”
For more on Caroline Hegwer and The Noble Thread, visit www.thenoblethread.com
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