Suzoo’s Wool Works is over 20 years old and was first a Rug Hooking Studio. My name is Jenn (Andreson) Kulick, owner and current visionary. I hit the fiber arts scene early 2003 when the knitting was experiencing a renaissance. Knitting was the “hobby du jour” and indie dyers weren’t really something anyone talked about. My teacher was my Mother, Suzoo 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.
Back tracking a bit, I graduated from Clark University with a double major in Art History and Ancient Civilizations with a minor in Greek. My senior year they released an at-home version of Illustrator and Photoshop. This completely detoured me. Instead of pursuing a Masters degree, I returned to school and graduated a year and a half later with a degree in Marketing and minor in Graphic Design. Everything I took in has helped to shape my business sense, customer service skills and deeper passion for the fashion and design industry. My main goal was to be a fashion designer but I lacked the courage to go up against others. So I put my energy in learning GIS, advertising and marketing. Owning a storefront has put me center stage giving me the PR and customer service skills much needed in this industry.
2009, I began to dye yarn. Claudia Handpaints was my inspiration and dying was my post-divorce therapy. My 2007 domain name purchase the sheepwalk.com developed in the The Sheepwalk Fiber Arts Studio™, starting with freeform dying. No formulas just feeling out each color. Every season I produced a handful of new colors that were strictly from the spirit. 2014 was a year of transition as a dyer and shop owner. It was then when I began to record my formulas more diligently. I also 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. June 2014, I moved to Bandera, Texas.
Five years later, I have teamed up with Brenda Seidenstecker and Kathy Mews to head up the Fiber Arts portion of the Texas Make it With Wool Competition. My shop and farm have become an official provider for Shave ‘Em to Save ‘Em. I go out to demonstrate when the timing is right so I can share the rich wool and mohair history of the Texas Hill Country. As we roll through Summer 2019, I realize that I am creating my own catwalk but it will be known as The Sheep•Walk, a textural feast bringing together textile and fiber arts design.
It’s important to note that I had floated around my area as a consignment shop. The first three years in Texas I made it a point to demonstrate on my dime, attend fiber arts events and do trunk shows. During my short stint at The Loom Room in Comfort, I began to look at the space much differently. What would I do if I had a shop again? How would I fill it up? Where would the shop be? 2017, we were blessed to have a storefront become available. I was determined to be handicap accessible, have great parking, plenty of natural light and the space to fit all the arts I love. This is not enough!
Suzoo’s is not a fixed space. We are constantly pushing this business outwards with fiber arts classes that teach others how to grow their own businesses, youth programs, pattern designs, fiber co-ops and fiber share, plus more. Our involvement in the Livestock Conservancy programs, Texas Make it With Wool, and other educational events allow us ( because there’s no I in Team ) to get wool and mohair education on everyone’s mind.