Teacher Bios



Kristine Vejar - Founder, Natural Dyer for A Verb for Keeping Warm

Kristine has a deep love and appreciation for natural fibers, natural dyes, and textile traditions. From learning to sew and knit from her Grandmother as a child, to re-discovering her love for textiles while attending school in India, Kristine’s study of textiles and the processes used to create them, has been a path throughout her life. Kristine has received numerous accolades for her work, including a Fulbright Grant to India, and has consulted with the Textile Museum in Washington DC. She started Verb as a way to combine her work in India with her life in the U.S.

Adrienne Rodriguez

Adrienne is an avid nature lover and mushroom hunter. She was born in Indio, California and grew up with the desert around her. She is a Mills College graduate with a degree in Art History. She has been

gardening and working with plants since she was able to walk. Her father, a Horticulturist for over 50 years, has inspired her to work with the plants. With additional post graduate courses in horticulture and natural dyeing she has worked to further the study of dye gardening and dyeing with plants and mushrooms in the SF Bay Area. You can find more about her adventures at www.dyegarden.com

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Karen King

Karen is an avid knitter, crocheter, and maker. She has been knitting and crocheting for over 20 years and is an expert at following patterns, finding gauge, and teaching new knitters and crocheters. Karen can easily be described as friendly, patient, and welcoming. Her work has been featured in plays at the Berkeley Rep.

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Jesse Inglis


Jessie comes to us from the wild lands of Mendocino County, where she lived off the land, and created most of her own clothing. She has a phenomenal background in garment construction and has her own line of lingerie. Extremely detail oriented, Jessie can help you with everything from choosing just the right fabric to adding that extra special detail on your next dress.

Michael Wade

Michael Wade is a polite southern boy whose grandmother showed him how to crochet pot-holders when he was knee-high to a toad stool. That was the beginning of a life-long love of all things fiber. As an adult he learned to knit, spin, and weave. He teaches and podcasts about all of those pursuits on Fiber Beat (available online and on iTunes). He also coordinates the Men's Fall Knitting Retreat on the west coast. You can find him 24/7 on Ravelry as WonderMike.

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Brooke Sinnes

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Stacey Sharman

Stacey fell in love with needles and thread when she was in her teens and has been sewing ever since.  She is addicted to sewing machines and her collection is slowly taking over her house.  Her favorite things to do are: play with fabric, make quilts, look at fabric, and talk about quilts!