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 ~ Elegance from nature, Beauty through kindness ~

Where Nature's Palette Meets Artistry

At The Lesser Bear, we intertwine the timeless beauty of nature with the art of celebration. Our journey is rooted in a deep reverence for the Earth and a commitment to sustainable beauty. Every piece of silk ribbon and fabric we craft is a testament to the elegance of natural dyes, the integrity of ethical sourcing, and the magic of handcrafted perfection.


Inspired by Nature, Crafted for Celebration

Created by nature, The Lesser Bear’s products are an ode to the earth’s colors, textures, and spirits. Our silk ribbons and textiles are dyed using only natural materials, foraged and grown on our farm or sources from global ethical suppliers. and are hand dyed by Kate in her studio. This commitment ensures each product not only adds beauty to your special day but does so by honoring the environment. From the soft hues of dawn to the deep shades of dusk, our creations capture the essence of the natural world, making your wedding or event a part of the grand tapestry of life

Painting with Plants

Each color is created through an extensive process of testing with botanical dyes and foraged and farm grown plants. Most of our colors are create with flowers and plants grown in our home garden, or at our native plant orchard and wildflower prairie. The colors in The Lesser Bear's collection are made up of years worth of experimenting and research to create the perfect shades, sometimes taking days or even weeks to create one batch of ribbon.


A Community of Craftsmanship and Restoration

Our mission goes beyond creating beauty. The Lesser Bear stands as a beacon of community and restoration. We actively engage in projects that give back to the Earth, from reforestation efforts to supporting local non-profits. Each purchase helps to nurture these initiatives, fostering a cycle of growth, giving, and sustainability.

We are committed to caring for the environment through the use of natural dyes, native plantings, no till gardening, composting, recycling, upcycling and reusing whenever possible. Our custom wooden spools are hand turned by a local artist, and are even glued together with a locally made glue. It is important to us that we care for the environment in as many ways as possible throughout our whole process.


Bridging Traditions with Modern Elegance

In every thread of our silk ribbons, there's a story of tradition meeting contemporary design. Our pieces are crafted for those who seek to add a touch of elegance and meaningful beauty to their celebrations. Whether it's the binding of a bouquet, the grace of a gown, or the accent of a tabletop, The Lesser Bear’s creations are designed to inspire and enchant.



Join Our Journey

We invite you to be part of this beautiful journey. With The Lesser Bear, you're not just choosing an accessory for your event; you're embracing a lifestyle that values beauty, nature, and community. Let's make your celebration a milestone in the journey towards a more sustainable and connected world.

Explore our collections and discover how the touch of natural elegance can transform your special day. Welcome to The Lesser Bear, where every piece tells a story of beauty, commitment, and hope for the future

At The Lesser Bear, we celebrate you and your love. We believe that everyone deserves wedding vendors who will support them to create an event to celebrate their unique love and style and we aim to do just that. If you need advise or would like us to coordinate with your vendor team, please reach out via email.
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All ribbons, quilts and table linens are hand made by Kate in her studio.

Kate has a degree in jewelry design and a Masters in Fine and Decorative Arts. She worked for many years in the Jewelry Department at Sotheby’s in London surrounded by some of the world’s most elegant jewelry, before turning her focus to textiles. She brings an appreciation of the finest craftsmanship and artistic creativity to all of her designs in both ribbons and naturally dyed quilts and table linens.

As well as running The Lesser Bear, Kate is also a high school jewelry teacher, and is in the process of establishing a native fruit and nut orchard, native wildflower prairie and managing a 30+ forest for optimal carbon capture, in Southeastern Ohio. The orchard, forest and prairie will be available soon for photography sessions, intimate events and educational sessions on native plants and natural dyeing.