Marie Chaput started Thread in 2001, out of her own need for high quality window treatments. For many years before, she had been sewing draperies and kids’ costumes. With some encouragement and sewing help from her mother and the skills she learned from her grandmother, Thread was born!
Marie’s grandmother lived with her as a child. As Marie recalls, “I remember her sewing nook in the house. She made quilts and clothing and did some alterations as well.” Marie would watch her grandmother sew, sometimes helping her hand quilt. She was always intrigued with how things were made and constructed. Couple this with the work ethic her father instilled in her and it’s no wonder she’s a successful business owner.
Home renovations and yard work might sound like dreaded chores to most of us, but Marie finds them very therapeutic. She explains, “I like the repetitive nature of pulling weeds and seeing the beauty afterwards.” Marie is the thread of Thread—from the day to day operations to the craftsmanship of the products, she is immersed in it all.
Ed Cavallo brings more than 35 years of professional experience in the textile industry to Thread. He is well known and respected for providing quality installations, as well as consultation for many designers in the New England area and beyond. Ed takes great pride in his craft and welcomes the challenge and collaboration each project brings. With years of personal experience, as well as coaching students in an innovative program known as Destination Imagination, he has become a master at problem solving and is able to deliver on each client’s specific needs.
Ed grew up immersed in a creative world. His grandfather was a master tailor in the Bronx and owned his own shop—the very shop where Ed got his first taste of fabrics and textiles. Ed reminisces, “The smell of steaming wool drapes and using my grandfather’s old Singer sewing machine brings me back to my childhood.” Having studied guitar at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Ed is also a trained musician and has shared the stage with numerous legends. Work with him on a project and he may tell you a story or two!