On today’s episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast, we’re talking about natural dyes with my guest, Kristine Vejar.
Kristine is a natural dyer and teacher. She is the founder of A Verb for Keeping Warm, a natural dyeing studio, yarn, and fabric shop located in Oakland, California. Her work is a culmination of knitting and sewing lessons learned from her grandmother, her time spent with nomadic embroiderers in the Great Rann of Kutch, India, and her life natural dyeing in California. Her first book, The Modern Natural Dyer, was released in October 2015.
A Verb For Keeping Warm has been described as “one of the best yarn/fiber/fabric stores known to mankind.” Kristine tells us about the shop and the types of merchandise and classes they offer. She also explains some of the complexity of running a business that’s dependent on an ever-shifting commodity like dye extracts.
We talk about how Kristine came to love the study of textiles and natural dyes. To Kristine dyeing your own yarn or cloth and wearing garments made from hand-dyed materials is a way to connect more deeply with nature. Kristine reflects on the process of writing a book about her passion and on figuring out exactly what she wants to do next.
And, of course, I ask Kristine to recommend great stuff she’s enjoying right now. Kristin recommends:
- the work of Wendell Berry, especially Our Only World
- the West Water Tunic pattern from Squam (or, as we refer to it, the Squam Smock)
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