Suzoo’s Wool Works started out as a Rug Hooking studio and was so named after the original owner, Susan…Susan who took my cousins to the zoo….hence Suzoo. After several years as a successful rug hooking studio, the shop morphed in to a yarn shop providing fun for fiber enthusiasts of varied types: knit, crochet, spin, felt, weaving and more. I took over the shop in 2009 with a huge task of making Suzoo’s my own while maintaining the integrity of the already established business.
2007 I purchased the name The Sheepwalk and used this as a background for my design work in Texas. The move back to Cali was big and transformative. I was not a rug hooker. Instead I learned how to spin, learned the basics of weaving and grew up as a knitter and designer. Since everything we do in this life is learned through doing, I figure I owe much of my success to the constant stream of customers who came in with questions for me as a teacher. We went to the books when we could’t work it out with sweat and tears.
2010 The Sheepwalk Fiber Arts Stucio™ was born with the first round of hand dyed skeins I served up to customers. My ex dye partner, Jill was my first big customer. Jill pushed me forward. What was supposed to be a hobby has now become as much a part of Suzoo’s as my teaching and demonstrating.
2014 Suzoo’s made a huge move for LOVE….yes, nay sayers…for love to Bandera, Texas. The original thought was to land in Comfort where I would be surrounded by several shops. However, Bandera was my destination and I love, love, love it here. Recently I made the decision not to get sheep of my own. Why? Because Bandera was founded by Sheep Ranchers. The first sheep brought in were crossed with Churros to create a multi-purpose sheep, but in the early 1800’s purists brought back the Rambouillet. When driving the twisting roads of the Hill Country, you will see Delaine’s (fine), Barbados (meat), Rambouillet (Fine) and relatives of the Churro crosses to name a few.
I can’t think of a better way to give back to Bandera than to coop their wool and produce a viable product. A fund will be created from a portion of the sales to help promote continued ranching in these territories. This is just one way to keep our community thriving. So whether I am Suzoo’s Wool Works, teaching with local fine or course wool, OR The Sheepwalk Fiber Arts Studio™ showcasing new colors and textures, you can be sure the fiber and arts community are in my heart at all times!