All of the yarn created by A Verb for Keeping Warm is naturally dyed in our Oakland studio. We use organic sustainably-harvested extracts natural dyeing extracts. In addition, we have our own organic dye garden. All of the dyes used have passed vigorous light fastness tests. We use non-toxic, food-grade, aluminum potassium sulfate as a mordant, commonly used for pickling and as an astringent.
We use natural dyes because we like working with natural materials and plants. We love the beautiful, natural color palette. We love to learn about the ways plants, and the colors they provide, change seasonally and annually - and the way that the dyes used can map our journey of where we have been or where we desire to go. By participating in the art of natural dyeing, we are carrying on a process that was the original way humans added color to cloth. Our hope is to continue to find raw materials and dyestuffs grown and processed in the US, so that we may contribute to the growing field of US sourced cloth and yarn.
Yarn is listed in order from thinnest to thickest. Click on the photo to see more color options.