Posted May 15th, 2019 in Retail Roundup
The Noble Thread is not your average craft store and it doesn’t just sell yarn; it is a place where like-minded people can come together to work on their hand-crafted garments.
Just a generation or two ago, children were taught to knit, sew, embroider or crochet by their mothers or grandmothers. Although many of today’s youth choose digital over hands-on hobbies, places like The Noble Thread are keeping traditional crafts alive by providing a non-judgmental environment where people can come to learn a new technique or brush up their existing skills.
Whether you are an expert, have average skills or are new to needlework, all are welcome at The Noble Thread. The goal for the owner, Caroline Hegwer, was to create a community with a social element so she furnished the main area of the store with comfy chairs and couches. Any time the store is open, you can show up, sit down and work on your project. Anyone can join the community—male or female, young or old—for free.
As an extension of the social element, every Friday evening, Caroline hosts a knitting night. On Sundays, the community bond is further secured by people bringing food to share.
Caroline also provides a learning environment in The Noble Thread. She created a classroom at the back of the store and hosts classes in knitting, crocheting, spinning (on real spinning wheels…not the stationary bikes you find in the gym), weaving and sewing for up to six people. A new, drop-in alterations class will be starting soon. Tuition costs vary depending on the nature and length of the class.
Of course, you might assume you could just go online to find the answers to your needle-work woes, but as Caroline says, “You can’t find what you don’t have a name for.” She has a point. If you are a total newcomer and would prefer some one-on-one attention, Caroline also provides individualized tutorials.
If you need yarn or thread for your project, The Noble Thread has a large selection of hand-dyed yarns and Caroline recently started stocking a range of contemporary fabrics. She also sells Bernina sewing machines and patterns by independent designers.
So, whether you want to start something new, complete an unfinished project, alter a garment or get help fixing mistakes, The Noble Thread in Chandler’s Wharf is where you need to be. And, there is free parking next to the building.
Hours: Mon-Sat, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Sun, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Noble Thread
225 S Water St
Wilmington, NC 28401