5.20.23 Lichen Dyeing with Rachel Bingham Kessler

5.20.23 Lichen Dyeing with Rachel Bingham Kessler

Regular price $190.00 Sale

Saturday, May 20th - 10:00am-4:00pm

Curious about lichens?  Rachel will walk us through what lichens are, how they grow, how to identify them, and how to test them for a particular dye. Then we'll get into the dye kitchen to practice three lichen dye methods. Taught with an ecological context and respect for the landscape. 

Materials to bring:
  • a fat quarter of 100% white silk fabric*
  • 100g of 100% white wool yarn*
  • black sharpie for labeling
  • durable rubber gloves (Mr. Clean are Rachel's go-to)
  • an apron or wear clothes you don't mind accidentally dyeing
  • lunch - we'll take a 30-45 minute break for lunch

*these items are available to purchase from PortFiber

Rachel Bingham Kessler is a plant dye educator, writer, sewist, and painter with a degree in Art Education. She runs 44Clovers, a small batch yarn company specializing in Maine primitive wool breeds and plant dyes. She’s taught fiber and plant dye workshops at venues such as Squam Art Workshops and The Maine Fiber Frolic. Her work has been published in Taproot Magazine and Northern Journeys Magazine. She will be teaching Natural Dyeing in Ireland this October in collaboration with  She lives on Peaks Island off the coast of Portland, Maine with her husband and two kids. You can follow her at and @44Clovers on Instagram.

Class Cancelation Policy:

If you cancel more than 30 days before the beginning of your class, we will offer you store credit in the amount of your class.  Cancelation with 30 days or less notice will result in the forfeiture of your entire course fee.  However, if we are able to fill your spot, we will offer store credit in the amount of the class.

If we cancel a class, you can choose to receive a full refund or store credit.