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Artisans Center of Virginia

 Ten Good Sheep, Karyn Belknap

The evolution of shepherdess to fiber artisan and fiber artisan to sustainably focused micro-business...

Artisans Center of Virginia Juried Artisan

We’d love to welcome you to our teeny artisan studio and tiny shop. The scale of our workshop belies the volume of work that is produced here in a single week.

We enjoy teaching visitors about the fibers and equipment we use and our hope is to inspire others to find a new passion through working with natural fibers. Artisan entrepreneurial coaching and mentoring is available as well.

Our shop features small batch/one of a kind hand-dyed yarns and fibers. We also have a large variety of spinning and felting fibers in luxury fibers ranging from superfine Merino to Tibetan yak and everything in between. You can even build your own spinning or felting batt on our huge electric drum carder. There’s no need to wait for a Sheep and Wool festival when you can stop by and restock your stash.

Private and intimately sized group workshops are periodically available in spinning, sheep shearing and hoof care & our specially developed wool/fleece washing methods. We also occasionally instruct in the dye studio for fibers, yarns and wearables.

Love for my friends of the four-legged wooly variety ~ everything starts there for me.

A fascination with natural fibers and immersion in their creative palette are the natural results.

Beginning with the acquisition of my first (but not my last) spinning wheel in 1993, my adventure and love affair with natural fiber has led me down paths I never could have imagined. The newfound ability to spin back then dictated that sheep would be in my future. And so, the ten most wonderful sheep in the world entered my life and changed it for the better. Years of learning about being a shepherdess, shearing, fiber preparation, and pondering what to do with all of that wool have brought me to today.

Our local & one of a kind work ranges from hand-dyed yarns and spinning/felting fibers and art batts to unique wearables, gifts and home goods.

Our current wholesale line includes the finest quality and best made felted soaps available on the market. We partner with independent retailers, museum shops and galleries across the country and in Canada to provide them with a variety of quality, small batch produced offerings for their customers. The Ten Good Sheep studio employs a local studio assistant who is being apprenticed in fiber arts as she works side by side with me every day. I love how my fiber journey has introduced me to new fiber enthusiasts around the world as well as in my own back yard. Being a quality focused fiber artisan has made for an excitement for every work day and a contentment in the seasons of life.

Professional Distinction: Commission/Custom Work, Consignment/Retail, Demonstrations, Exhibition, Instruction, Wholesale Production

Karyn Belknap

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Nationwide wholesale…call or email anytime. We're generally open for visitors from May - December on Wednesdays through Fridays from 10:00 - 5:00 and Saturdays from 10:00 - 4:00. Calling ahead is always welcome. Other times by appointment - give us a call. 757-243-1400

20182 Allen Lane
Onancock, VA 23417