Brick & Mortar
Spinning, dyeing, felting, knitting, weaving, and sewing are all verbs used to describe how communities have created cloth, garments, and other fiber-based goods. Such acts embody connection and creativity. And such objects provide shelter and keep us warm. A Verb for Keeping Warm honors these traditions by offering a wide range of raw materials to create textiles, such as fiber, yarn, and fabric, along with classes to instill the skill and practice of creating your own clothing and warmth.
Located at 6328 San Pablo Ave, our Oakland brick-and-mortar houses a store, an indoor and outdoor classroom, an indoor and outdoor natural dyeing studio, where we produce our own line of naturally dyed yarn and fabric, and a natural dyeing garden. We grow most of the plants from seed in the Spring. We use the garden to educate local school children, customers, and aspiring dye gardeners about which types of plants make dye. At Verb, we also offers a seasonal batch of yarn dyed with the plants as well.
Our shop offers yarn and fabric in every color imaginable. We invite you to come by and to touch and see all of the colors and textures in person. Our shop is spacious and filled with natural light. We commonly host trunk shows, where you can see many samples knit and/or sewn from new patterns.
Kristine, the owner of Verb, loves everything from spinning her own yarn to sewing her own clothing. The shop reflects this love, and is divided into three sections: yarn, fabric, and fiber. At Verb, you have the possibility to choose your fabric for a new dress, and your yarn, for the accompanying cardigan. We carry fiber, yarn, and fabric considered the best in the industry and have an especially warm feeling towards materials made in the US from US raised wool and cotton. We are proud to be the Bay Area's flagship store for Brooklyn Tweed and Quince & Co.
One of our specialty's is our line of in-house naturally dyed yarn and fabric. In 2007, founder of A Verb for Keeping Warm, Kristine Vejar, started using natural dyes in her home and created her first batch of yarn. Production grew rapidly. To accommodate her customers, she opened a dye studio in Berkeley. After 2 years, the Berkeley dye studio was bursting at the seams. Kristine embarked on finding a new space for her dye studio which led her studio's current home at 6328 San Pablo Avenue. In this natural dyeing studio, A Verb for Keeping Warm produces nearly 200-300 pounds of naturally dyed yarn, fabric, and fiber a month. To learn more about the happenings within the dye studio, Kristine writes a column for the Verb blog called In the Dye Studio.
Our indoor classroom is used for teaching knitting, spinning, sewing, quilting and weaving. Our outdoor classroom, nestled within Verb's natural dye garden, is where we teach natural dyeing. We host teachers from around the world who teach a wide variety of textile centered skills. Making together by hand, creates a space to get to know others interested in textiles, and to be inspired by one another. We provide curriculum which will give you a solid foundation of technique, in combination with inspiration, so you can create your own body of work and develop your own textile-focused practice. Check our classes section to learn more.
We are committed to exploring all aspects of making cloth, clothing, and other fiber-based goods - and hope you will join us on this journey.
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Goods we carry:
A Verb for Keeping Warm, Alchemy, Berroco, Blue Sky Alpacas, Bodega Pastures, Brooklyn Tweed, The Fibre Co., Green Mountain Spinnery, Habu, Imperial Stock Ranch, Isager, Jade Sapphire, Madelinetosh, Malabrigo, Manos, The Plucky Knitter, Quince & Co, Shibui, Skein, Spud & Chloe, Sweet Grass, Woolfolk
Fabric & Trim
A Verb for Keeping Warm, Alabama Chanin, Artemis Hand Dyed Silk Ribbon, Cloud 9, Cosmo, Dear Stella, Dropcloth Samplers, Feral Childe, Fog Linen, FreeSpirit, Khadi, Kokka, Lecien, Liberty of London, Lizzy House for Andover Fabrics, Merchant & Mills, Moda, Mokuba, Monaluna, Nani Iro, Oakshott, Pickering International Organic Fabrics, Robert Kaufman, Rowan
A wide range of fleece, top, and roving
Natural dyeing extracts and whole dyestuffs, mordants, modifiers, seeds collected from our on-site dye garden
Schacht Spindle Company spinning wheels, spindles, looms, handcards, etc.
Notions and Needles
Addi Turbo Lace Needles, Clover Needles, Felting Needles, Knitting and Sewing Notions, Merchant and Mills, Mettler thread, Needle felting supplies, Olfa mats and rotary cutters
Magazines - Amirisu, Knit Wit, Pom-Pom, Selvedge, Tatter, Uppercase
Sewing & Quilting Patterns - A Verb for Keeping Warm, Anna Maria Horner, Colette, Denyse Schmidt, Grainline Studio, Wiksten
Knitting Patterns - Cocoknits, Knitbot, Westknits, Ysolda Teague and a wide array of spinning, dyeing, sewing, weaving, and knitting books.
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6328 San Pablo Avenue x Alcatraz Avenue
Oakland, CA 94608
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We are in a bike friendly neighborhood with ample bike parking!
We are located on the East side of San Pablo at the corner of Alcatraz.
If you are driving from I-80, take the Ashby Avenue exit, continue straight
until you reach San Pablo, make a right at the light.
Our building is on the left hand side just past Alcatraz Avenue.
FREE public parking on San Pablo and surrounding streets.
We are lucky enough to be on a main street with plenty of bus traffic!
You will want to take either the northbound or southbound AC Transit Line 72.
$2.00 one way with a 25 cent transfer option.
For more info visit AC Transit
If you are traveling from SF you can take the F bus (transbay Terminal) towards Berkeley and transfer at 40th street and San Pablo to the 72R North bound to Alcatraz stop
By Emery Go Round:
You can catch the Emery Go Round at the Mac Arthur BART stop.
You will want to use the "Hollis" line, stop at Hollis at 64th when going Northbound.
You will then walk East on 64th until you get to San Pablo Avenue (about five blocks).
This is a FREE Shuttle!
The closest BART station is Ashby BART.
Take Bus Line 49 from Ashby BART to the corner of San Pablo and Ashby
8 minute walk South on San Pablo Avenue
For more info BART
Click on the following links to learn more.