Thursday, May 26, 2011

Creative Abundance!

Goodness! Thanks everyone for listing your inspirations.  I love learning that there are so many of us walking around, absorbing the beauty around us, and creating from it. 

The 5 winners!

Allison / Field Wonderful / May 24 / 12:58pm
Audreypawdrey / May 25 / 1:50pm
Traci / May 23 / 8:09am
Andreacreates / May 23 / 1:42pm
Shelley / May 25 / 3:52pm

Please get in touch and send your postal address. 

Responses and answers to a few questions asked in the comments. 

"Am planning a bike trek to your shop, and that very cool bike-friendly cafe next door!" 
Kate / May 23rd / 12:16 pm

Yes! Come! We do have an amazing cafe next door, named Actual Cafe. They serve everything from espresso to locally made beer, and empanadas to bacon-Parmesan waffles. This is a great place for the family to hang out while you are having fun in the shop.

"I *love* that red birds and clouds fabric. I know you're busy with all these comments and giveaway day, but I'd love to know what it is. " 
Starandsunshine / May 23rd / 4:09 pm

Both the grey fabric with the silhouettes of plants and the red fabric with clouds and birds are from a company named Cloud 9 Organics. The collection is Cut Out and Keep by South African designer Heather Moore. LOVE her stuff.

"i didn't notice on your blog, but do you sell your fabric online?"
Shelley / May 25 / 3:52pm 

Unfortunately, we don't sell fabric online. We do sell our line of naturally dyed yarn and fiber though. We have talked about dyeing and block-printing our own fabric. While I've had my dyeing studio for 3 years now, our brick and mortar opened only 6 months ago. My hope is that once the new shop stabilizes, I can expand my line or at least open an online fabric shop offering others beautiful work.

PS: Dyeing (pardon the pun!) to know what your verb for keeping warm is! 
Beeps / May 23 / 7:47pm 

There's a wonderful book, Women's Work, by Elizabeth Wayland Barber. She is an archaeologist who studies humans in order to learn about ancient textile practices. On one such occasion, she re-constructed a dead language similar to Latvian and learned that there was once a verb for keeping warm. I loved this. Simply put, if we did not have warmth and protection of clothing, we would not be alive. Today, by a great portion of the populace, cloth is taken for granted. Though there are a few of us who know better ;)

The verb for keeping warm is open to interpretation. The verbs I think of are dyeing, spinning, knitting, weaving, sewing, and quilting.

The Nani-Iro arrived yesterday and it is amazing.  I will prepare the prize bundles for shipping. If you would like a bit of eye candy, check back in the next day or so, I will post photos of the fabric chosen for the bundles. We'll be doing more give-aways in the future. And from learning that you are so inspired by blogs, I will post more of my own projects here. It was lovely to meet all of you. Thank you for stopping. I hope to see you in the future!

If you are in the area, don't be shy! Stop in and say hello! We'd love to meet you :)

Monday, May 23, 2011

Giveaway Monday!

Hi! I'm Kristine and I own A Verb for Keeping Warm.

I live in California. My shop is located in Oakland. I am inspired by the ocean and all it has to give; the textures, the color, and its complete largesse.  This environment informs so much of what I make.

One day, I went to India. I studied the applique work created by the Rabari, a group of semi-nomadic herders. Inspired by them and this region, I began to practice natural dyeing.

I returned to the U.S. and created a natural dye studio. The studio grew more and more until I created a much larger studio, shop, and classroom.

Building a new shop allowed me to carry something I have loved my entire life - FABRIC.  I adore bright, graphic prints in cotton and cotton / linen blends. 

Today, we have 5 for 5.

5 bundles of 5 fat quarters for 5 people.

Guess what comes this week? New Nani-Iro fabric from Japan. Guess what you get if you win the giveaway? Nani-Iro fabric. Plus, other new and sweet fabric from many other great companies and designers.

To win, tell me where you go when you want to feel inspired.

Comments will be open until May 25th. From your comments, I will randomly choose 5 people. Please check back on the 26th to see if you have won.

Thank you for stopping by! it is nice to meet you :) 

12am May 26th - Comments are now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered. The winners will be posted here by 6pm pst, May 26th. 

p.s. If you live in this area, I hope you will come by the shop. If you come into the shop, or you send a friend into the shop, the first 5 people to mention Giveaway Monday will get 5 FREE fat quarters. This offer expires on May 25th at 6pm.

Monday, May 2, 2011

A Defining Moment: Natural Dyeing meets Sock Summit 2011

Sock Summit (n) : an event inducing fits of excitement, one will touch, feel, and hopefully purchase piles of yarn created by dyers as far north as Canada and whose dyeing process spans every nook and cranny, from semi-solid to striped, from electric yellows to indigo blues, colors abound, internationally known teachers, knitters from around the world gather to knit, spin, and indulge in all conversation relating to socks, occurring every 2 years in the City of Roses aka Portland, Oregon.

Natural Dyeing (v) : the use of plant, fungi, and insect materials, gathered both locally and internationally, to produce the full spectrum of color upon the porous fiber material mostly spun into yarn - to do what we love most - to knit.

Teaching at Sock Summit and teaching natural dyeing. Who knew?

Until Stephanie and Tina brought it up, I didn't even think it would be a possibility. And to be honest, this class is a bit different then others taught at Sock Summit, there is the limitation that I can not practice my craft directly in front of you.  I am technically not allowed to do any dyeing at the convention center (hello! fire marshall! yet, again, we meet!).  Though, with ideas and creativity pulsing, I've been working on a plan to bring the world of natural dyeing to you regardless of these limitations. I am creating a power point presentation which will include step by step instruction of how to use natural dyeing. I am working to make this as close to actually doing it in person as possible.

I will also have on hand the tools that I use to do natural dyeing, as well as the dyestuffs I use, and a huge array of dyed skeins so you can see the endless possibilities available to the natural dyer. To create this presentation, I will draw upon my experiences in India and my work at the Textile Museum in Washington DC, when first learning about natural dyeing, to creating my business and using natural dyes in a production format. There will also be plenty of time for questions. We will also have dyestuffs available for purchase in our Sock Summit booth, in case you would like to start dyeing yourself. 

The class I am teaching is offered in two different formats: 

Natural Dyeing: An Overview
a 1 hour overview of natural dyeing, the process, my methodology, and samples
Friday, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30


Global Color: A Survey of Natural Dyeing
This is the more in-depth 3 hour class. I will cover all of the above and more! I highly recommend Global Color if you would like to learn about indigo and cochineal. Both of these dyes require a more complex process.
Sunday 9-12

Enrollment for Sock Summit opens at NOON pst on Wednesday, May 4th.

I hope to see you in class!

p.s. If you are in the Bay Area, and can not make it to Sock Summit, I am offering these classes in my studio this Summer. Though in my studio, you will get a more hands on approach to the class.

Class dates:
Global Color
Sunday May 15th 2-5pm
Sunday June 5th 2-5pm

Natural Dyeing: an Overview 
Thursday June 2nd 6:30-7:30pm
Saturday June 18th 12-1pm

Click here to learn more and to sign-up.