44clovers

primitive wool breeds, foraged color, handspun yarn

Peaks Island, Maine · 362 Sales

44clovers

primitive wool breeds, foraged color, handspun yarn

Peaks Island, Maine 362 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
(138)

Announcement   ********************************************************************************************
:: summer making news ::
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Thanks for stopping by! Because I've got my 2nd baby due (it's a GIRL!) in late September, while raising a toddler, my making and prepping inventory has taken on a new journey. There will be new items- yarns and project bags entering the shop, but at a trickle and I can't say exactly when right now. Growing a human while raising a human takes lots and lots of energy. Thank you for your patience <3
******************************************************************************************** :: shop note ::
within my SHOP SECTIONS that are at the side of my shop page, it might say 4 in Navajo Churro (for example) However, when you click through, there may be several more in the actual LISTING. I try to group skeins together as much as possible when I have more then 1 of the same fiber type and dye lot. Just saves me lots of listing time:)
********************************************************************************************
:: welcome ::
I am one person who does all the creating and running of this shop from my studio at home here on Peaks Island, Maine. My back ground is in Visual Art with a special love of working with textiles. I select freshly shorn fleeces from Maine farmers along with the occasional fleece on my travels from wool growers I meet at markets and fairs. Always hand selected by me. I currently do all my own processing by hand, however, I'm hoping to offering larger mill spun yarn amounts starting next year. More on this in the near future.

I forage for color near my home and on my travels. I also use pigments derived from plants that were also sustainably and ethically grown & harvested. With my dye methods, depending on the color, I use both solar heat or electric heat. I recycle as much water as I am able, also using rainwater, sea water, and snow in the winter months. I love reusing dye baths as I get interesting color variations and it saves water.

With my textiles, I recycle vintage linens and my old clothes to rework into other fabric creations. I do have quite the fabric stash!

Below I've written about the story of each component of my work and how the creative process began.

:: Sheep Love ::
I've always been fascinated with and felt connected with sheep. They feel like my spirit animal. I like to think it was all meant to be as my name means Little Ewe in Hebrew, my sign is an Aries, the Ram and I was born just an hour after Easter. As a little girl I knew one day I would make what ever it was that was made from sheep's wool. Living in Bowdoinham, Maine, we where surrounded by a beautiful landscape and I spent the majority of my childhood in the fields and woods carrying around my parent's copy of the Reader's Digest of North American Plants and Animals. I was fascinated with the lichens, moss, ferns and mushrooms most of all. I feel a kind of primitive and kindred connection whenever I see a sheep and I feel very content when working with raw wool.

:: Spinning Love ::
In 2000 I was determined to learn how to spin. I took myself to the Common Ground Fair here in Maine and was hoping I could figure out a way when I there. I stumbled into the Peace Fleece Tent and came out with a bag of colored fleece (meant for felting actually but I didn't know it at the time. And a Turkish drop spindle. I made the funkiest chunkiest yarn which actually made great mittens. Then in 2004 I bought my first spinning wheel. A Mazurka Kromski spinning wheel made in Poland. She's been part of the family now for a while and is still running strong. I love recommending this wheel to others.

:: Yarn Love ::
The yarn I now make has been a metamorphosis of experiences and I've come full circle back to the soft chunky spun that I love to knit. This style of spinning also features the wool I use quite nicely. I love creating soft primitive and lively yarns that feature the best qualities of that original fleece.

:: Dye Love ::
Foraging for color, especially lichens has become one of my greatest passions. I enjoy featuring the soft delicate colors of the North East and will occasionally mix in powered pigments from other regions such as madder, cochineal, logwood, and brazilwood to name a few. I also enjoy experimenting with solar dyeing methods. One of my latest favorites is hand collecting my red geranium petals and creating a deep earthy orange through solar dyeing on wool with alum.

:: Textile Love ::
When I was old enough to iron, my mother let me take down the box of linens and scraps from the hall closet. They were woven linens with stitched embroidery, lace edging, and silky fabric scarps from my mother's sewing. I relished looking at these pieces of fabric. I soon tried to make my Sylvester stuffed kitty his own clothes. I loved spending my time doing and creating something. As a young teenager, my older sister introduced me to thrifting at the local Goodwill. I would bring a bag of clothing home of colorful dresses from the sixties that no one could fit into. I couldn't throw them away because I loved the fabric. I then started making quilts. I made one for each of my sisters, my mother, and my self. I then started making pillows from dresser scarves and bags. Over the years I've collected and have inherited boxes of vintage linens. On my last trip to my grandmother's she sent me home with multiple boxes of un finished tatting, lace work, linens and books. I love using these fabrics for useful items today. They make great dye experiments which also get turned into sewing projects.

:: Social Love ::
You can follow along with my process:
Blog: 44clovers.blogspot.com
Website and Class listings for plant dye workshops: 44clovers.com
Find me on FB at 44clovers
And Instagram at 44clovers FB

Announcement

Last updated on Jul 5, 2017

********************************************************************************************
:: summer making news ::
********************************************************************************************
Thanks for stopping by! Because I've got my 2nd baby due (it's a GIRL!) in late September, while raising a toddler, my making and prepping inventory has taken on a new journey. There will be new items- yarns and project bags entering the shop, but at a trickle and I can't say exactly when right now. Growing a human while raising a human takes lots and lots of energy. Thank you for your patience <3
******************************************************************************************** :: shop note ::
within my SHOP SECTIONS that are at the side of my shop page, it might say 4 in Navajo Churro (for example) However, when you click through, there may be several more in the actual LISTING. I try to group skeins together as much as possible when I have more then 1 of the same fiber type and dye lot. Just saves me lots of listing time:)
********************************************************************************************
:: welcome ::
I am one person who does all the creating and running of this shop from my studio at home here on Peaks Island, Maine. My back ground is in Visual Art with a special love of working with textiles. I select freshly shorn fleeces from Maine farmers along with the occasional fleece on my travels from wool growers I meet at markets and fairs. Always hand selected by me. I currently do all my own processing by hand, however, I'm hoping to offering larger mill spun yarn amounts starting next year. More on this in the near future.

I forage for color near my home and on my travels. I also use pigments derived from plants that were also sustainably and ethically grown & harvested. With my dye methods, depending on the color, I use both solar heat or electric heat. I recycle as much water as I am able, also using rainwater, sea water, and snow in the winter months. I love reusing dye baths as I get interesting color variations and it saves water.

With my textiles, I recycle vintage linens and my old clothes to rework into other fabric creations. I do have quite the fabric stash!

Below I've written about the story of each component of my work and how the creative process began.

:: Sheep Love ::
I've always been fascinated with and felt connected with sheep. They feel like my spirit animal. I like to think it was all meant to be as my name means Little Ewe in Hebrew, my sign is an Aries, the Ram and I was born just an hour after Easter. As a little girl I knew one day I would make what ever it was that was made from sheep's wool. Living in Bowdoinham, Maine, we where surrounded by a beautiful landscape and I spent the majority of my childhood in the fields and woods carrying around my parent's copy of the Reader's Digest of North American Plants and Animals. I was fascinated with the lichens, moss, ferns and mushrooms most of all. I feel a kind of primitive and kindred connection whenever I see a sheep and I feel very content when working with raw wool.

:: Spinning Love ::
In 2000 I was determined to learn how to spin. I took myself to the Common Ground Fair here in Maine and was hoping I could figure out a way when I there. I stumbled into the Peace Fleece Tent and came out with a bag of colored fleece (meant for felting actually but I didn't know it at the time. And a Turkish drop spindle. I made the funkiest chunkiest yarn which actually made great mittens. Then in 2004 I bought my first spinning wheel. A Mazurka Kromski spinning wheel made in Poland. She's been part of the family now for a while and is still running strong. I love recommending this wheel to others.

:: Yarn Love ::
The yarn I now make has been a metamorphosis of experiences and I've come full circle back to the soft chunky spun that I love to knit. This style of spinning also features the wool I use quite nicely. I love creating soft primitive and lively yarns that feature the best qualities of that original fleece.

:: Dye Love ::
Foraging for color, especially lichens has become one of my greatest passions. I enjoy featuring the soft delicate colors of the North East and will occasionally mix in powered pigments from other regions such as madder, cochineal, logwood, and brazilwood to name a few. I also enjoy experimenting with solar dyeing methods. One of my latest favorites is hand collecting my red geranium petals and creating a deep earthy orange through solar dyeing on wool with alum.

:: Textile Love ::
When I was old enough to iron, my mother let me take down the box of linens and scraps from the hall closet. They were woven linens with stitched embroidery, lace edging, and silky fabric scarps from my mother's sewing. I relished looking at these pieces of fabric. I soon tried to make my Sylvester stuffed kitty his own clothes. I loved spending my time doing and creating something. As a young teenager, my older sister introduced me to thrifting at the local Goodwill. I would bring a bag of clothing home of colorful dresses from the sixties that no one could fit into. I couldn't throw them away because I loved the fabric. I then started making quilts. I made one for each of my sisters, my mother, and my self. I then started making pillows from dresser scarves and bags. Over the years I've collected and have inherited boxes of vintage linens. On my last trip to my grandmother's she sent me home with multiple boxes of un finished tatting, lace work, linens and books. I love using these fabrics for useful items today. They make great dye experiments which also get turned into sewing projects.

:: Social Love ::
You can follow along with my process:
Blog: 44clovers.blogspot.com
Website and Class listings for plant dye workshops: 44clovers.com
Find me on FB at 44clovers
And Instagram at 44clovers FB

Rachel Bingham Kessler

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Rachel Bingham Kessler

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5 out of 5 stars
(138)
bhaskardancer

bhaskardancer on Feb 28, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

Exquisite yarn. Prompt shipping. Delightful shop owner - excellent yarns, beautiful dyeing. Thumbs up all around.

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About

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.

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.

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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.
Refunds 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.
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.