Video From LIVE FEEDBACK FRIDAY: A Verb For Keeping Warm

This week, we’ve got video from our live FEEDBACK FRIDAY featuring A Verb For Keeping Warm owner/founders Kristine Vejar and Adrienne Rodriguez. You might know Kristine from her book The Modern Natural Dyer.

Watch the video recording here:


AVKW offers the following weekly meetups:

+ Wednesdays, noon-1pm PST – Verb Broadcast – showcasing items new to our shop as well as newly completed projects made with materials from Verb

+ Thursdays, noon-1pm PST – Maker’s Help – have questions about natural dyeing, knitting, sewing, etc? Come on over and trouble-shoot!

+ Fridays, 5-6:30pm – Maker’s Meetup – a casual gathering to make together

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About Kristine and Adrienne’s Book Journeys in Natural Dyeing

By Kristine Vejar and Adrienne Rodriguez with Sarah Ollikkala Jones

Journeys in Natural Dyeing shares the story of Kristine Vejar and Adrienne Rodriguez’s travels to four countries, Iceland, Mexico, Japan, and Indonesia, where they visited natural dyers who use their locally-sourced dyes in dramatically different environments to create textiles that evoke beauty, a connection to the land on which they live, and showcase their mastery of skill. This book includes profiles of the artists met.

From their California-based studio, Vejar and Rodriguez used their own locally-grown and gathered dyestuffs, from leaves to fungi, and utilized techniques, from extraction to fermentation, to create over 400 shades of color. This book shares their process and includes recipes and projects to create all of these colors and more. In addition, you will learn how to use your own natural environment to create deep, beautiful colors. You will see your neighborhood in a whole new way.

In this book, you will learn how-to:
+ create the widest palette possible using dye sourced locally through shifts in pH, the use of iron water, combining dyes, and using naturally-colored fibers
+ identify and gather mushrooms for dyeing
+ grow, harvest, compost, and ferment Persicaria tinctoria (indigo)
+ extract indigo pigment from Persicaria tinctoria to use at a later date
+ use plant-based mordants
+ create concentrates from locally sourced barks and leaves, such as Birch and Maple, for room-temperature dyeing
+ and more!

Pre-order here!

Next week…FEEDBACK FRIDAY with the Forbes Pigment Collection director Narayan Khandekar. Narayan is the director of Harvard’s Straus Center and the senior conservation scientist, who oversees the Forbes Pigment Collection.

Harvard Art Museums’ Pigment Lab. Photo by Caitlin Cunningham.

RSVP for FEEDBACK FRIDAY with Harvard’s Forbes Pigment Collection HERE.


If you are not familiar with FEEDBACK FRIDAY, every week, we speak with dyers, artists, scientists and scholars about our favorite topic, natural dyeing and color. Curated by Amy DuFault, Botanical Colors’ Sustainability and Social Media Director and presented by Botanical Colors’ Founder Kathy Hattori.