> Out and About: Rachel Schuster

Out and About: Rachel Schuster

Out and About: Rachel Schuster
When you open the door to Ewe & You Fiber Arts, you’ll enter a world of beauty, warmth, comfort and color! Located in the Carriage House at 261 Broad Street (behind the Chamber of Commerce) and open since September 2018, Ewe & You occupies a small space but one that overflows with soft, bright supplies for knitting, crocheting and felting.

The heart of Ewe & You is a cozy seating area in the middle of the store. Here, owner Rachel Schuster and her customers sit together while knitting, crocheting, or doing other forms of fiber arts. Not merely a fiber arts supply shop, Ewe & You also offers instruction (for groups and one-on-one), activities and a place for knitters and crocheters to gather, learn from one another and form friendships.

Rachel took up fiber arts in college and has since become passionate about her craft. She learned to knit from a friend, and at first she never thought she would stick with it—but, as she says, knitting is a downhill spiral. “There are a lot of places to go and things to learn, and so many projects and patterns to try. There’s always new inspiration.”

Rachel says the friends she has made in the fiber arts community span the world. “The people that you meet are willing to support you and become a part of your life. They become friends.”

With a spouse in the military, Rachel came to Connecticut only recently after living in different parts of the world. She quickly fell in love with the town of Windsor and its people. Rachel especially loves Windsor’s downtown area, its many community events, such as Nightmare on Broad Street, and the way everything is so close to each other. “I love all the events that go on literally in my front yard on the Green,” she says. Rachel is also thankful for the support the Windsor community has given her and her business.

Rachel learned about the Chamber when she was looking for space for her business. She became a member even before opening her shop and says that through the Chamber’s networking events and social media, she has been able to promote her business more, as well as meet other business owners. “They’re very supportive,” she says. “I just think the Chamber is an important part of this town and I’m grateful for their support.”

Look for Ewe & You to team up with another new Windsor business, the House of Books & Games, when they compete in the Chamber’s Windsor Feud on Saturday, February 16. Streaming live on WIN-TV.org beginning at 5:00 p.m., this fun and fast-paced event raises funds to support the Chamber and local non-profits.

Rachel supports the community in other ways. Recently, she hosted a “Crochet- or Knit-Along” with discounted purple yarn, instructions and the company of other fiber artists to create purple shawls for victims of domestic violence. She will donate the completed projects, as well as monetary donations, to organizations that support victims of domestic violence in Connecticut.

Ewe & You’s next event is an all-day Needle Felting Workshop on Tuesday, February 19 beginning at 10:00 a.m. People of all ages and skill levels are invited to stop in and learn how to do needle felting, while making a small project of their own. The cost is $20, which includes tools, fiber and instruction.

Like a skein of yarn, Rachel’s path from skeptical beginning knitter to nurturer of fiber arts community has traveled a meandering path to the center of Windsor, where new and experienced knitters, crocheters and felters can find all they need to explore the world of fiber arts.

By Aretha Prabawa


Events

Now Enrolling!
Jun 27 at The Music School at Sound Crossing, 101 Palisado Ave., Windsor, CT
Christopher Martin Art Show
Jul 1 at Windsor Public Library Artspace
Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Summer Movie Series
Jul 23 at Windsor Public Library
Auction at Selig's
Jul 24 at 25 Central Street
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Now Enrolling (PK - Gr. 8)
Jul 24 at St. Gabriel School 77 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Drawing and Painting 101 for Adults
Thursdays at Windsor Train Station Studios
FTDT Farmers' Market
Thursdays at 240 Broad Street
Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Veterans Coffee Hour
Jul 25 at Windsor Senior Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
WACky Comedy Night
Jul 25 at Windsor Art Center
Windsor Rail Station Public Meeting
Jul 25 at Windsor Town Hall, Ludlow Room
Now Enrolling (PK - Gr. 8)
Jul 26 at St. Gabriel School 77 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor
Camp Registration Still Open
Jul 26 at St. Gabriel School 77 Bloomfield Ave. Windsor
Yoga at the Windsor Art Center
Friday at Windsor Art Center
Open Studios
Jul 27 at Windsor Train Station, 35 Central Street
Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Blessing of the Animals
Jul 28 at Palisado Green near the Historical Society on Palisado Avenue
Drawing and Painting 101 for Adults
Jul 29 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Now Enrolling (PK - Gr. 8)
Jul 29 at St. Gabriel School 77 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor
Camp Registration Still Open
Jul 29 at St. Gabriel School 77 Bloomfield Ave. Windsor
Summer Movie Series
Jul 30 at Windsor Public Library
Blood Drive Windsor Historical Soc.
Jul 31 at Windsor Historical Society
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Grand Opening: The San Marino
Jul 31 at 35 Poquonock Ave, Windsor
Now Enrolling (PK - Gr. 8)
Jul 31 at St. Gabriel School 77 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Drawing and Painting 101 for Adults
Thursdays at Windsor Train Station Studios
FTDT Farmers' Market
Thursdays at 240 Broad Street
Photojournalist Jessica Hill Art
Aug 1 at Windsor Public Library Artspace
Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Aug 1 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Free Acupuncture Day!
Aug 2 at Many Rivers Community Acupuncture
Now Enrolling (PK - Gr. 8)
Aug 2 at St. Gabriel School 77 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor
Camp Registration Still Open
Aug 2 at St. Gabriel School 77 Bloomfield Ave. Windsor
Drawing and Painting 101 for Adults
Aug 5 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Now Enrolling (PK - Gr. 8)
Aug 5 at St. Gabriel School 77 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor
National Night Out
Aug 6 at Sage Park Middle School
Summer Lobster Dinner
Aug 6 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Summer Movie Series
Aug 6 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Now Enrolling (PK - Gr. 8)
Aug 7 at St. Gabriel School 77 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Windsor Business Connection
1st Wednesday at Bart's Drive In, 55 Palisado Ave
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall N.
Drawing and Painting 101 for Adults
Thursdays at Windsor Train Station Studios
FTDT Farmers' Market
Thursdays at 240 Broad Street
Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Now Enrolling (PK - Gr. 8)
Aug 9 at St. Gabriel School 77 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor
Yoga at the Windsor Art Center
Friday at Windsor Art Center
Drawing and Painting 101 for Adults
Aug 12 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Monster Madness Art Day
Aug 12 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Now Enrolling (PK - Gr. 8)
Aug 12 at St. Gabriel School 77 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor
Summer Movie Series
Aug 13 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Business After Hours
Aug 14 at Edward Jones, 697 Poquonock Ave
Now Enrolling (PK - Gr. 8)
Aug 14 at St. Gabriel School 77 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Drawing and Painting 101 for Adults
Thursdays at Windsor Train Station Studios
FTDT Farmers' Market
Thursdays at 240 Broad Street
Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Aug 15 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Now Enrolling (PK - Gr. 8)
Aug 16 at St. Gabriel School 77 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor
Now Enrolling (PK - Gr. 8)
Aug 19 at St. Gabriel School 77 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor
Diabetic Support Group
Aug 20 at AP1, LP WIlson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Summer Movie Series
Aug 20 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center
Now Enrolling (PK - Gr. 8)
Aug 21 at St. Gabriel School 77 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Ukulele for Beginners-B
Aug 21 at Windsor High School J113
Drawing and Painting 101 for Adults
Thursdays at Windsor Train Station Studios
FTDT Farmers' Market
Thursdays at 240 Broad Street
New Teachers' Reception
Aug 22 at Windsor Historical Society
Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Veterans Coffee Hour
Aug 22 at Windsor Senior Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Now Enrolling (PK - Gr. 8)
Aug 23 at St. Gabriel School 77 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor
Yoga at the Windsor Art Center
Friday at Windsor Art Center
Open Studios
Aug 24 at Windsor Train Station, 35 Central Street
Monday Morning Book Club
Aug 26 at Windsor Public Library
Now Enrolling (PK - Gr. 8)
Aug 26 at St. Gabriel School 77 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor
Summer Movie Series
Aug 27 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Now Enrolling (PK - Gr. 8)
Aug 28 at St. Gabriel School 77 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Drawing and Painting 101 for Adults
Thursdays at Windsor Train Station Studios
FTDT Farmers' Market
Thursdays at 240 Broad Street
Summer Concerts on the Green
Thursdays at Windsor Town Green
Now Enrolling (PK - Gr. 8)
Aug 30 at St. Gabriel School 77 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Windsor Business Connection
1st Wednesday at Bart's Drive In, 55 Palisado Ave
Drawing and Painting 101 for Adults
Thursdays at Windsor Train Station Studios
FTDT Farmers' Market
Thursdays at 240 Broad Street
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Sep 5 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Yoga at the Windsor Art Center
Friday at Windsor Art Center
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Business After Hours
Sep 11 at The Print Hub, Pierson Ln, Windsor
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall N.
FTDT Farmers' Market
Thursdays at 240 Broad Street
Mary's Place 15th Annual Gala
Sep 13 at The North House Avon, CT
Wine Bottle BINGO!
Sep 13 at Oliver Ellsworth Homestead, 778 Palisado Ave, Windsor
Diabetic Support Group
Sep 17 at AP1, LP WIlson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Nutritionist Talk - Gut Health
Sep 17 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Wednesdays at Windsor Public Library
Main Street Matters
Sep 18 at 226 Broad Street
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Doug Maher Jazz Trio
Sep 19 at Windsor Public Library
FTDT Farmers' Market
Thursdays at 240 Broad Street
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Sep 19 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center