44clovers is taking a short break
chadwell on Mar 25, 20215 out of 5 stars
Returning buyer -- I was so glad to find that this one-of-a-kind Maine Island wool yarn was available again! The natural dyes used by the seller make for a gorgeous colour that holds up perfectly to washing, and the yarn itself is fabulous to knit with!
Jennifer on May 15, 20205 out of 5 stars
Really adorable project bag, perfect for a one-skein project. Already in use. Lovely construction, very pleased.
Shannon on Feb 17, 20205 out of 5 stars
great arrived quickly
Jen on Dec 19, 20195 out of 5 stars
Love it! Perfect for small projects. A nice complement to the other bag I already purchased.
Carrie on Sep 24, 20195 out of 5 stars
Gorgeous and great quality! Perfect for ferry knitting!
heatherfharmon on Jul 21, 20195 out of 5 stars
Shipped quickly! This is a well-made sack and a great size. Thank you!
Bettina on Mar 21, 20195 out of 5 stars
So happy with this special fabric and ribbon. Great for small knitting or sewing projects.
Erin Erde on Feb 6, 20195 out of 5 stars
Beautiful yarn, beautifully dyed. Perfect color for my project. Thank you.
Erin Erde on Feb 6, 20195 out of 5 stars
Beautiful yarn, clearly much care put into its creation. My project is using far more yardage than called for, so I will need to buy those last 2 skeins when your shop reopens! Thank you.
Laralea on Dec 27, 20185 out of 5 stars
Haven't had a chance to get knitting on it, but the color will be perfect for what I wanted.
primitive wool breeds, foraged color, handspun yarns
I've been working with textiles since I was 18. It's what I day-dreamed about in school on a regular basis. Being able to do this now full time is a blessing. I studied studio art in both high school and college with paint and color being my first love. Being able to make stuff with my hands and watch my hands make stuff has been a constant source of comfort and solace through out my life. It brings me so much pleasure to create beautiful things for others. Creating my heritage yarns and bringing old and forgotten linens back to life, working with a raw fleece, or collecting plants from my nearby seashore, it all brings me so much pleasure. Over the years I've taught myself sewing, embroidery, knitting, spinning and natural dyeing. I've taught in various capacities all these skills and enjoy sharing and talking about these timeless skills with others. I'm always learning and creating. It's not unusual for me to have many projects going at once. It what keep me fresh, happy, and excited.
The process I've created for my yarns happens in 3 seasons through the year, ending with a collection. Starting with my Fiber Prep Season which usually happens in the late summer through early fall, I'm attending fairs and farms to hand pick the best primitive fleeces I can find. I then process them all by hand myself using mild soap and air drying outside. Then each fleece gets carded using my Fancy Kitty double wide hand crank carder. I love this piece of equipment so much.
Then begins my spinning season which I start when then weather turns colder. Usually late November through March, I spin one fleece at a time on my trusty and most beloved Kromski single treadle wheel. I really enjoy letting the fleece tell me how it wants to be spun. I most enjoy spinning very soft singles ranging from dk- aran weight. Occasionally a fleece tells me it really wants to be plied and I do that as well.
Once all the fleeces are spun into yarns, then begins my Dyeing Season which will last usually from April through July. I love every process but this one in paticular is spectacular! I harvest all my plants myself, often freezing them for later usage. I use up all my dye baths sometimes layering colors to get all the possible colors out. I always harvest no more then 10% of a plant or lichen and do not return to that spot that same year. I also do as much research with my own testing of whats around me, keep a comprehensive sample library for myself and a growing vintage dye book library.
When I'm able I offer dye classes, which I love doing.
When it comes to my yarns, I always dye them in skiens, and once they are order, I then wind them for my customers into center pull balls fso they can get right to it.
Rachel Bingham Kessler
Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator
I've been in love with texture and color for as long as I can remember. I feel most at home when I'm working with wool or forgotten textiles and plants to extract color. Playing with color all day is my day-dream come true.
Aroostook Fiber Works
Aroostook Fiber Works turns my hand selected raw fleeces and turns it into yarn.
Janet Beardsley Catawampus Farm
Janet raises angora goats and registered jacob sheep.
Lee Straw cares for a flock of island sheep in the Penobscot Bay. I hand select fleeces from him after they've been shorn.
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Additional policies and FAQs
I pay very close attention to my dye process, however, with using natural dyes, it can be a normal for the color to rub off onto your knitting needles or your hands.
All the items you see here in my shop come from materials carefully curated, designed, created, photographed and shipped by me. I always use my own designs and never use others' patterns.
Please check out my website over at 44clovers.com where you will find plant dye classes I give here in Maine, and my blog were you can follow along to my plant dye tutorials, process, and other life adventures.
If you'd like to reserve an item, please convo me with the details. Once I reserve this item for you, I will send you convo and I ask you purchase said reserved item within 24 hrs of my reply convo. If not, I will need to re-list my item for regular sale. Having an item on reserve for more than 24 hours can result in loss of sales for myself.