Suzy the Shepherdess
Suzy the Shepherdess

100% Wool Yarn for Your Historic Projects

COVID-19 STATEMENTI am OPEN!  My yarn business is 100% farm-based.  I don't have a Main Street storefront to close, and no employees other than the sheep.   My yarn inventory is stored on the farm, and I have shipping supplies here as well so I can send out your order without going any further than the mailbox at the end of my driveway.  Knitting is great therapy, and you can order my yarn through my website and enjoy the comforting feel of wool yarn on your needles!

I’m a knitter and a historian, so when I knit an item using a vintage pattern it just doesn’t make sense for me to use anything but wool that is as historically accurate as possible for the period I am representing.  Unable to find exactly the sort of yarn I wanted, I made my own.
I raise historic breeds of sheep, mostly merino, with a few cheviot-merino crosses.  The sheep are raised on my small farm using 19th century farming methods whenever possible.  The wool is processed on a mill made early in the 20th century that uses the same milling methods that have been in use since the 1760s.  Then the wool is wound by hand into traditional skeins and labeled with a unique label with a picture of the sheep that helped to create the yarn.
The purpose of this website is to help you find the most historically correct wool yarn for your particular period of history.  You’ll learn how my sheep are raised and how it differs from a modern sheep operation, how to choose the color of your yarn based on the historical period you’re representing, and how to determine how much wool you’ll need for your project.  You can place an internet order, visit a local yarn shop that carries my yarn, or view my schedule of events so that you can purchase your yarn in person (and talk sheep with me!).
Whether you are a living history interpreter or reenactor portraying the 18th, 19th or early 20th century, a staff member or volunteer demonstrating at a museum or historic site, or if you just want to fully experience a simple part of our foremothers' daily life, my yarn will make your work much more historically accurate. 
Thank you for visiting my website!
Wear wool, 

Suzy the Shepherdess

Suzy Beggin Craft

"Buy your wooolen yarns in quantities from some one in the country, whom you can trust."

Lydia Maria Child
The American Frugal Housewife, 1832

Suzy the Shepherdess knitting a wool sock at the Apple River Fort (1832)

Contact Details

Suzy the Shepherdess

Suzy Beggin Craft

P.O. Box 54

Stockton, IL 61085   U.S.A.


Phone: 815 541-0897

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