Ten Good Sheep, Karyn Belknap

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


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

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

About Ten Good Sheep, Karyn Belknap:

Our studio resides in a tiny waterman’s community on the Chesapeake Bay. Our work is continually influenced by the connection our community shares with the Bay and marshes that surround us.

While we provide a wide range of custom hand-dyed yarns and fibers, our favorites come from our ‘Chesapeake’ line. This colorway is inspired by the natural beauty that surrounds us from the water to the wild and plant life found in the estuaries. Muted earthy hues mix with sea glass greens and blues and there are even some vibrant sunset skeins in the Chesapeake mix. The top of the Chesapeake line is a hand spun variegated yarn with subtle monochromatic color shifts in all the shades of the ubiquitous oyster shells that are everywhere in our community. Stormy grays mix with lustrous off whites in pure merino yarn, ready for knitting, crocheting or weaving your favorite pattern.

For the visiting fiber artisan, we provide that same oyster shell merino top for your own spinning journey. Additionally, we’ve created a variety of dizzes from smooth, aged oyster shells that have a naturally ergonomic design for hours of comfortable fiber preparation from a hackle or drum carder. We’ll even show you how to use it.

Our wearables line includes pure Wensleydale wraps in a natural oyster color, some streaked with gray accents. This translucent wrap is as light as air and can be worn as a summer shawl or winter scarf.

And from our nationally famous ‘Soap in Sheep’s Clothing’ felted soap line, we’ve created Oyster Bars and Black Pearls. The Oyster Bars have the exact coloration of an oyster shell and they’re naturally at home on a granite counter. Our Black Pearls have an almost iridescent layer of silk on top of black merino and make quite a statement at a kitchen or powder room sink.

We hope you’ll find our cozy artisan studio to be a memorable stop on your Virginia Oyster Trail adventure.

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.


Karyn Belknap




20182 Allen Lane
Onancock, VA 23417


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