The Waxahachie Sun recently paid a visit to a quaint and colorful shop in downtown Waxahachie, Ewe2Yarn, a yarnery and lifestyle marketplace owned by Trudy Fedorko and her daughter, recent SMU graduate, Lee Fedorko.
The duo originally started out as yarn dyers.
“About four years ago, we started expanding using other companies or mills,” Trudy said. “We had been dyeing our house brand of yarn for 10 years. We were already knitting when we started our business and we started hand-dyeing because I couldn’t find the colors I wanted.”
The Fedorkos represent companies from around the world who make yarn.
“We select companies with good ethical practices,” Trudy said. “We like to support local businesses, especially independent businesses and those owned by women, and we are sure the businesses we select have good ethical practices.”
With so many people knitting, there is a need for good yarn. Because of their large display of their hand-dyed yarn and yarn from other companies, the Fedorkos have garnered quite the following.
Trudy and Lee attend trunk shows and fiber festivals and have their hand-dyed yarn on display in stores in McKinney and Georgetown, Texas, as well as a store in North Carolina. Trudy noted that hand-dyed yarn is a big business, describing the ones they produce as unique and nature-inspired.
Ewe2Yarn gets its wool from several sources: the British breed yarn comes from Great Britain, while the wool for the hand-dyed yarn comes from Australia, New Zealand, the Falklands and Peru. The Fedorkos use Texas organic cotton for their cotton yarn. The other products they sell, including sponges, dryer balls, bath products and soap, are natural. There’s also a display of handmade accessories and jewelry.
Ewe2Yarn offers classes so people can learn how to knit. The store’s knitting group meets from 5-8 p.m. Thursdays. Sharon Mondragon, a teacher and published author, teaches the beginner classes. She is a certified knitting teacher and has taught many people who never thought they could learn how to knit.
Trudy said knitting is therapeutic and describes it as a “right-hand, left-hand” activity that uses both sides of the brain. It’s the type of activity that’s been shown as helpful for patients with dementia and other memory loss illnesses, she said.
Lee notes that knitting also serves as an outlet for creativity.
“Knitting brings out the creative side of people,” Lee said, adding that Ewe2Yarn hosts a number of activities throughout the year and has many repeat customers.
“The group was as many as 25 but, since the pandemic, we have spin-off groups of eight members meeting at a time,” she said.
A big event for yarn enthusiasts is the annual North Texas Yarn Crawl, which kicked off Sept. 11 and continues through Sept. 20. Participating yarn stores include those in Cedar Hill, Bingham, Gainesville, Dallas, Waxahachie, Farmersville, Lewisville, Fort Worth, McKinney, Grapevine, and Whitesboro, with prizes and drawings offered.
Lee, her brothers Marc and Zachary and sister Chloe were homeschooled, during which they also learned about arts and crafts. Chloe, a photographer, designed Ewe2Yarn’s website.
After graduating from SMU in December with a major in philosophy and psychology, Lee had planned on going to graduate or law school.
“When COVID hit, I changed my plans,” she said. “I now work full-time here with my mom and I love working with her. I would never not want to be a part of this.”
Trudy and her husband, Greg, moved their family to Waxahachie from Scurry 16 years ago.
“We bought some land and built our home,” said the native of Westchester, Pennsylvania, and Texas A&M graduate. An emergency room physician at Emergency Center in Fort Worth and Arlington, Trudy received her medical degree from UNTHSC School of Medicine. She previously worked for the Methodist hospital system for 30 years.
The Fedorko family includes a 3-year-old granddaughter, Freyja, with another grandchild due at Christmas.
Additional information on the North Texas Yarn Crawl can be found at www.northtexasyarncrawl.com. Ewe2Yarn can be reached by phone at 972 938-9090. The business is located at 308 S. College St. in Waxahachie, with hours from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Visit the website at ewe2yarn.com.