44clovers

Plant Dyed Yarns Raised and Spun in Maine

Peaks Island, Maine

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Note from shop owner After 15 years of being an Etsy seller, I will be closing my shop here and opening a new shop over at 44clovers.com. I will announce here when my new shop will go live. In the meantime, visit me over at Instagram for peeks at my process as I set up my new shop with more yarns than ever! Thank you all for your support ❤️ Rachel

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Jul 23, 2021

After 15 years of being an Etsy seller, I will be closing my shop here and opening a new shop over at 44clovers.com. I will announce here when my new shop will go live. In the meantime, visit me over at Instagram for peeks at my process as I set up my new shop with more yarns than ever! Thank you all for your support ❤️ Rachel

Rachel Bingham Kessler

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About 44clovers

Sales 506
On Etsy since 2009

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.

Shop members

  • 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.

Production partners

  • Aroostook Fiber Works

    Ashland, ME

    Aroostook Fiber Works turns my hand selected raw fleeces and turns it into yarn.

  • Janet Beardsley Catawampus Farm

    Minot, ME

    Janet raises angora goats and registered jacob sheep.

  • Lee Straw

    Newcastle, ME

    Lee Straw cares for a flock of island sheep in the Penobscot Bay. I hand select fleeces from him after they've been shorn.

Shop policies

Last updated on January 1, 2016
Welcome to my shop, 44 Clovers:) My inventory changes often as all pieces are one of kind created by me. Please let me know if you have any questions by sending me a message.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
If you are not satisfied with an item you have received, please send me a convo with in 7 days of receipt. Together we will find a solution. This could include an exchange, or refund (excluding shipping). In either case, the item must return back to me 7 days (unless overseas) from conversation agreement date, be in it's orignal condition, unworn and with no tobacco scent- this would make it impossible for resale. Once received, your account will be credited or in the case of an exchange, a new listing will be set up that will include any price difference and shipping costs.
Payment
I accept paypal and direct checkout.
Shipping
All orders are shipped first class with tracking included with etsy shipping labels. If it is a large order and more cost effective to the buyer, I switch over to priority. If you would like an order expedited, please send me a convo requesting options and I will send you a seperate bill. Orders will be shipped out after the expedited shipping is also paid.

All my shipping and handling prices include not only the postage, but the packaging.
Additional policies and FAQs
Please note; I use natural dyes which can create beautiful but subtle marbled patterns on fabric. Each piece is very unique and is a characteristic of the dye and not a flaw.

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.