Suzoo’s Wool Works is over 20 years old and was first a Rug Hooking Studio then grew up in to a fiber arts studio. My name is Jenn Kulick, owner and current visionary. I have two degrees with no regrets for either: double major art history/ancient civilizations and major marketing/design. I hit the fiber arts scene when felting and spinning were experiencing a renaissance. Knitting was the “hobby du jour” and indie dyers weren’t really something anyone talked about. My teachers was my Mother who learned from Jane Olsen and other established dyers in the rug hooking world. I may have been born with “wool in the blood”, but had to learn the ropes of a yarn shop business, teach myself fiber arts then move to Texas for my farm and sheep.
During my time at Suzoo’s, I developed out my own hand dye business starting with Louet Gems yarn then branching out to Brown Sheep products. I dabbled in fiber for spinning, yarn for knitting and crochet and most recently fabric for appliqué and rug hooking. Since my Mom’s background was rug hooking, it made sense to follow in her footsteps and find new ways to be innovative with color and texture. 2019 I teamed up with Brenda Seidenstecker and Kathy Mews to head up the Fiber Arts portion of the Texas Make it With Wool Competition. We became an official provider for Shave ‘Em to Save ‘Em as well thus pushing our love for all things wool outward.
2017 I decided to open the doors back up to Suzoo’s after a three year hiatus focused on The Sheepwalk hand dye and farm. A year after opening I decided to take Suzoo’s back on the road to promote Bandera, Texas, the rich sheep and goat industry here and to meet my customers. Our booth was paid an honor when described as a “textural feast.” This really sums up what we are trying to accomplish at Suzoo’s Wool Works as well as at The Sheepwalk Fiber Arts Studio. The end goal? Fiber Arts School, fiber arts supplies and finished goods, a woolen mill and a farm full of heritage breed sheep…and George the donkey. (Yes, he would be upset that we didn’t mention him here. We currently have Leicester Longwool, Dual Coated Shetland, Navajo-Churro, Jacob, Suffolk, Lorper (Leicester X) and Dorper.
Aside from getting back out on the show circuit, we are headed in to our 5th annual Bandera Fiber and Arts Week. March is about kicking off the creativity in our students by offering up unique experiences. Often times we find ourselves teaching others how to teach. We reach out to the families as well encouraging our youth to participate. Students have access to a variety of textile design classes. With schools like Texas Tech and Baylor offering up fashion and marketing in fashion careers, we feel a great way to start is with a hands on production experience. As it was also pointed out to me recently, our little engineers can benefit from weaving and textile design. There is math and science in what we do.
Suzoo’s Wool Works has been through many transformations over the years to meet the needs of the fiber arts community. I focus in on yarns and fibers that are 100% Made in the U.S.A. with the exception of a few great yarns coming in from other countries. I use both local wool and angora from Bandera as much as possible. Our local wool comes from various ranches in the hill country and my mohair locks are sourced from Naumann Farms.
All the best, Jennifer