Rachel Bingham Kessler's Profile

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Hello, my name is Rachel. I make things from wool, vintage and found fabrics and foraged plants. I hand select the best primitive Maine raised fleeces I can find, directly from the farmer. I wash each fleece by hand using mild soaps and then air dry each one. I use a variety of plant pigments powers and plants from around the island to dye with. I use a Kromski spinning wheel or a Turkish drop spindle to spin soft varigated singles. I try to keep the skeins over 150 yards. I've been spinning my own yarns since 2000 and I've been knitting since 1994.

I also work with vintage fabrics creating colorful unique useful items. I relish scouring flea markets, antique shops, yard sales and bargain bins for colorful, vintage, unique, items that I can incorporate into a project. I'm also moved by colors and shapes I see every where. I have always loved textiles, putting different textures,…

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  • Female
  • Born on March 27
  • Joined June 2, 2009

Favorite materials

wool, cashmere, mohair, camel, alpaca, silk, vintage fabrics, ribbons, buttons, lace, tatting, linen

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About

Hello, my name is Rachel. I make things from wool, vintage and found fabrics and foraged plants. I hand select the best primitive Maine raised fleeces I can find, directly from the farmer. I wash each fleece by hand using mild soaps and then air dry each one. I use a variety of plant pigments powers and plants from around the island to dye with. I use a Kromski spinning wheel or a Turkish drop spindle to spin soft varigated singles. I try to keep the skeins over 150 yards. I've been spinning my own yarns since 2000 and I've been knitting since 1994.

I also work with vintage fabrics creating colorful unique useful items. I relish scouring flea markets, antique shops, yard sales and bargain bins for colorful, vintage, unique, items that I can incorporate into a project. I'm also moved by colors and shapes I see every where. I have always loved textiles, putting different textures, patterns and colors together. I work from an aqua 1963 Singer machine I found at a church sale for $5 back in 2001. It's model number is the same as my birth date. We were clearly made for each other. I have piles of fabric I've inherited from friends & family, collected from flea markets, or have pulled apart from the clothes I thought were a good idea at the time back in my younger days. I rarely work from a pattern for anything and if I do, I usually only use it as a guide and end up going off in my own direction.

I'm happy to do commission based work. Just let me know what you have in mind and together we can come up with a treasure you will be most happy with. Just send me a convo.

I am happy to answer any questions. Thanks for looking around!

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