Stitch Exchange: Nightfall Cowl

Posted by Kristine Vejar on December 10, 2015 10 Comments

Announcing the second pattern in our Winter Solstice Collection: The Nightfall Cowl.

Knit using sport-weight yarn, this cowl’s finer gauge is lighter in weight and easy to wear.

This cowl comes in two sizes. Knit the large size to wear it doubled or even tripled for the coziest feeling. Made out of Madelinetosh Silk Merino, the silk content in this yarn adds a bit of shine, making an elegant accessory for a night out on the town. It is available in a wide array of colors, from vibrant jewel tones to gentle neutrals. Or choose Horizon by A Verb for Keeping Warm. Made of soft, Californian-grown Merino wool, this yarn conveys a cozy, rustic, and causal style and is available in a range of naturally-dyed colors. Choose three colors of yarn; go the route of choosing three closely-related colors which will fade into one another. Or, choose three high-contrast colors, for stripes that pop!

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Small (Medium)
Circumference: 44” (69”)
Height: 8.5” (8.5”)

YARN

Small
A Verb for Keeping Warm Horizon (100% organic Merino wool, 160 yards, 50g)
Color A: 1 skein
Color B: 1 skein
Color C: 1 skein

Medium
Madelinetosh Silk Merino (50% Silk / 50% Merino, 205 yards, approx. 100g)
Color A: 1 skein Antique Lace
Color B: 1 skein Woodstock
Color C: 1 skein Pecan Hull

GAUGE
In seed stitch: 18 stitches and 36 rounds = 4”

NEEDLES
One 40” US #4 circular
Or necessary sized needle to obtain gauge

NOTIONS
stitch marker
tapestry needle

DIRECTIONS

Using long-tail method, cast-on 199 (323) stitches with Color A. Place marker and join in the round, being careful not to twist.

Begin seed stitch pattern:
Rnd 1: (K1, P1) to last stitch, K1
Rnd 2: (P1, K1) to last stitch, P1

Continue in seed stitch, using Color A, for a total of 16 rounds.

Rnd 17: With Color B, (K1, P1) to last stitch, K1
Rnd 18: With Color A, (P1, K1) to last stitch, P1

Continue in seed stitch, switching colors each round, for a total of 20 rounds, ending after a round of Color A. Break Color A after round 36.

Continue working in seed stitch in Color B, for a total of 5 rounds.

Rnd 41: With Color C, (K1, P1) to last stitch, K1
Rnd 42: With Color B, (P1, K1) to last stitch, P1

Continue in seed stitch, switching colors each round, for a total of 20 rounds, ending after a round of Color B. Break Color B after round 61.

Continue in seed stitch, using Color C, for a total of 15 rounds.

Finish with Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Sewn Bind-Off for a nice clean effect.

Weave in ends, block lightly.

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Save this pattern to you Ravelry queue - or better yet, cast-on now.

Stay tuned for the third cowl in the Winter Solstice Collection! Coming soon.

We have a beautiful selection of Madelinetosh Silk Merino and A Verb for Keeping Warm Horizon yarn in the shop. Come by and check it out!

Plus, we now offer gift certificates online!

Join us in working through my new book, The Modern Natural Dyer - in 2016, we will be natural dyeing, knitting, and sewing together!

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The Modern Natural Dyer Work-Along 2016

Posted by Kristine Vejar on December 14, 2015 3 Comments

I am so excited to announce our newest project: The Modern Natural Dyer Work-Along. With my new book, The Modern Natural Dyer, in hand, I have designed a year long course of study to guide you through the book and through the natural dyeing process.

THE GOAL
The goal of my book is to inspire as many people possible to try natural dyeing and to offer those who are dyeing already new techniques. The goal of The Modern Natural Dyer Work-Along is the same.

I have found that project-based learning helps create a direct method for exploring technique. In the Modern Natural Dyer, there are 20 projects, each exploring a different part of the natural dyeing process. With seasonality in mind, the Work-Along is broken into three phases. In Phase 1, the focus is on the basics of natural dyeing and learning to use natural dyeing extracts.

PHASE 1 : WINTER / SPRING - NATURAL DYEING EXTRACTS
Natural dyeing extracts are fine, concentrated powders derived from whole dyestuffs - like leaves, bark, wood, and roots. They are easy to use, and their compact nature make them easy to store. Because we are starting in the Winter, we thought this would be the best place to begin.

These are the projects we will work on:
JANUARY PROJECT: Northwoods Hat (or silk scarf kit) + Sock Hop!
FEBRUARY PROJECT: Wanderlust Bag
MARCH PROJECT: Sandstone Shawl
APRIL PROJECT: Iron-Age Tee

The main correspondence of the work-along will take place on the Verb blog and on the Verb Instagram account. The first week of every month, we will post an overview of the project, lessons to be learned within that specific project, with tips and tricks to complete the project. The second and third weeks of the month are dedicated to doing the projects. The fourth week of the month, we will show progress photos of the projects.

By working on these projects you will learn:
+ the difference between fiber types
+ to naturally dye protein-based and cellulose-based fibers
+ to plan for projects
+ to work efficiently and effectively
+ to combine natural dyeing extracts to create a wide-range of color
+ to learn how fibers within the same type absorb color
+ to use iron
+ to dye garments
+ and more!

We are still working out some of the details for Phase 2 and 3 - but can promise that there are many good things in the works - like indigo dyeing, working with whole dyestuffs, and dye gardening - by completing Phase 1, you will be all ready to go!!

STAYING CONNECTED
The Verb staff will be working along - showing examples of our work. We also plan to have guests along the way! Each week, we will be posting to the blog and instagram (#themodernnaturaldyerworkalong) about the topics listed. We plan to utilize Periscope, a new app, where you can watch me use natural dyes and ask me questions about the process. I will be teaching classes based upon the Work-Along during 2016, in the Verb dye studio and around the US. Plus! In January, I am releasing two online classes with Creativebug. So that way you can see the natural dyeing process in action!

January 12 - How to Dye Wool, Silk and Other Protein Fibers
January 19 - How to Dye Cotton, Linen, and Other Cellulose Fibers

THE KIT
Working within the same intention as when I wrote my book, to see people learn the natural dyeing process as easily and as thoroughly as possible, I created a line of natural dyeing kits in order to help people source the materials to create the projects in the books. Right now, we offer the following projects as kits: Northwoods Hat, Sock Hop, Flowers at My Fingertips, and the Waves Bandana.

For The Modern Natural Dyer Work-Along, we are following the same practice and have created a large kit to cover all of the projects in Phase 1, including all of the scour, mordant, dye, and materials which we will dye (yarn, fabric, t-shirts, etc.) Click here to learn more

When you purchase the kit, you have the option of customization. We will send you an email with a series of questions. For example, in January, you choose between the northwoods hat kit or a silk scarf kit. And then, choose which color you would like: red, yellow, or purple.

Purchasing this as one large kit, rather than a series of smaller kits, you will save over 25%.

Plus, for the month of December, we are offering an even larger discount.

To celebrate the start of the Work-Along, we are giving the first fifty people who purchase a kit a FREE Verb Natural Dye Journal. Designed in our Oakland studio, and printed in Berkeley, this tool will help you keep record of your progress and help you learn.

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We hope you will join us on this journey and participate in The Modern Natural Dyer Work-Along. Please do let me know if you have any questions. This book is chock full of information - and I want to be here to help you dive in!

-- Kristine

 

 

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Stitch Exchange: Winter Solstice Cowl Collection - Twinkly Lights Cowl

Posted by Kristine Vejar on December 05, 2015 0 Comments

As Fall leans into Winter, and the trees’ leaves fall to the ground, and fog rolls and nightfall lands earlier then the day before, and the night sky grows darker, and fills with sparkling, twinkly stars, suddenly the briskness of the air becomes to much for an exposed neck. Putting a cowl on to keep warm is a nice idea.

Winter, a time to gather with friends and family, to enjoy the warmth of the home, is a time for knitting, and in the spirit of keeping warm, to knit for others. Cowls are easy to knit and are a thoughtful gift.

The Winter Solstice Collection I is comprised of three cowl patterns: Twinkle Lights, Nightfall, Evening Fog.

The cold weather at this time of year is endlessly inspiring when setting out to design knitwear. At Verb, we encounter many people who desire to knit a gift, though may not have knit for some time.A few years ago, I had an idea for a cowl which would be knit out of chunky yarn so it could be knit fast, and would use two colors of yarn to keep the eye entertained. I imagined a gradient. I explained this idea to Huelo Dunn, then an employee at Verb, now a knitwear designer living in Bulgaria, and she helped to create this amazing design. Since the first design, I have added dimensions, gauge, and a second size. Inspired by the Twinkle Lights pattern, Sarah and I created Nightfall and Evening Fog.

All three patterns are united by the same seed stitch pattern and use multiple skeins of yarns in multiple colors to create gradients of differing proportions. The interplay between the slightly nubby seed stitch pattern and the shift in colors, from one skein to the next, makes this series of patterns interesting to knit with endless possibilities for color.

Today, we are sharing The Twinkle Lights cowl. Stay tuned for the release of the other two cowl patterns.

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TWINKLE LIGHTS COWL

Originally created with the help of Huelo Dunn for A Verb for Keeping Warm

Knit using chunky-weight yarn, this cowl knits up fast. This cowl comes in two sizes. Knit the small size, and you will have enough yarn left over to knit a second one! Knit the larger size and enjoy the extra warmth! Knit out of Madelinetosh Chunky, this yarn makes great gift yarn. It is machine-washable and available in a wide array of colors, from vibrant jewel tones to gentle neutrals. Quince & Co. Osprey is another great yarn option for this cowl, is made from US wool, and is also available in a wide range of colors.

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Small (Medium):
Circumference: 23” (46”)
Height: 8.5” (8.5”)

YARN
Madelinetosh Tosh Chunky (100% superwash merino; 165 yards, approx. 100g):
Color A: 1 skein Thunderstorm
Color B: 1 skein Astrid Grey

GAUGE
In seed stitch: 14 stitches and 30 rounds = 4”

NEEDLES
One 16” US #9 circular (One 24” US #9 circular)
Or necessary sized needle to obtain gauge

NOTIONS
stitch marker
tapestry needle

DIRECTIONS

Using long-tail method, CO 83 (161) stitches with Color A. Place marker and join in the round, being careful not to twist.

Begin seed stitch pattern:

Rnd 1: (K1, P1) to last stitch, K1
Rnd 2: (P1, K1) to last stitch, P1

Continue in seed stitch, using Color A, for a total of 10 rounds.

Rnd 11: With Color B, (K1, P1) to last stitch, K1
Rnd 12: With Color A, (P1, K1) to last stitch, P1

Continue in seed stitch, switching colors each round, for a total of 10 rounds, ending after a round of Color A. Break Color A after round 20.

Continue working in seed stitch in Color B, for a total of 20 rounds.

Rnd 41: With Color A, (K1, P1) to last stitch, K1
Rnd 42: With Color B, (P1, K1) to last stitch, P1

Continue in seed stitch, switching colors each round, for a total of 10 rounds, ending after a round of Color B. Break Color B after round 50.

Continue in seed stitch, using Color A, for a total of 10 rounds.

Finish with Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Sewn Bind-Off for a nice clean effect.

Weave in ends, block lightly and give with love. Or keep it, what the heck.

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Seam Allowance: Travel + Designing a Handmade Wardrobe

Posted by Kristine Vejar on October 08, 2015 10 Comments

The Verb dye studio is buzzing with excitement in preparation for the upcoming release of The Modern Natural Dyer - and our trip to New York! Adrienne and I will be leaving a week from today. Pretty much the second I completed the purchase of my plane tickets, I started planning what I would wear. So when Slow Fashion October was announced - I thought perfect timing to talk about what I handmade garments I plant to bring to NY! Pictured above is a section of my naturally dyed, handmade wardrobe.

Getting to leave my dye studio, where I am often wearing pretty ratty clothes, is very exciting because I can turn it up a notch and wear beautiful clothing. I made my clothing when I worked at The Textile Museum in DC, to travel in India, and for a trip to Belize. This is a long-time, sometimes, brutal habit, as it can already be a little stressful when planning to travel. That said, it feels great to wear handmade, and to really be able choose one's own fabric and patterns. So I thought I would share some tips and tricks, and relate it to what I am planning on wearing in NY.

1. Consider the Weather

This can be tricky as the weather these days seems so unpredictable. This Summer, I was caught off guard while visiting Minnesota. I looked at the 10-day forecast before leaving, and the weather more or less said it would in the 70s. Nope, it ended up being much hotter and much colder. Being from the Bay Area, where the temperature doesn't fluctuate much, it is a little hard for me to imagine what 40 degrees really feels like, as I sit here in my tank top, knitting on the front stoop. So I am going to dress in layers. I will have everything from a short-sleeved t-shirt to a bulky sweater - which I can also use as a pillow on the plane!

2. Take Inspiration from Your Current Wardrobe

In the shop, I commonly hear customers, when planning a new garment and choosing materials, say "I want to try something different". I say - don't do it. Because in the next breath, the other very commonly heard comment is "I never wear what I make".

When it comes to choosing materials and patterns, especially when making a wardrobe for travel, choose patterns and materials which you know you will wear. While traveling, your clothing can be your secret weapon to feeling comfortable in your new environment.

Look at your outfit right now, consider your most well-loved garments, and choose something similar in material, shape, and color. If you have a lot of cotton jersey, aka t-shirts, in your closet, make a t-shirt for your trip. In the shop, I often talk about Chanin-fying a pattern. This relates to Alabama Chanin's body of work - the act of hand-sewing cotton jersey. You can take any sewing pattern and use this method to make it which results in a beautiful, one-of-a-kind, dare I call it, t-shirt. Quite a step up from my raggedy t-shirt I wear in the studio!

If you want to try something different, like a teal sweater, go and buy it, and see if you really will wear it. Or make a teal cowl or shawl. There is so much time and money spent on this process, I really want to see you wear your finished garment and it be your favorite thing in your closet.

I pretty much wear jeans, t-shirt, and a sweater - or a dress with leggings on a daily basis - and considered this when choosing what to make and to bring. The wardrobe I have designed for NY is a mix of handmade garments and clothing made by local designers. I designed the Prism pattern with a raglan sleeve because that style of sleeve evokes the classic raglan t-shirt. Knowing that I will wear this silhouette, I have chosen to make two pieces using the Prism pattern: a shirt and a dress. For the shirt, I used fabric made from Sally Fox's organic cotton, which I have over-dyed with California-grown indigo. The dress, I made from a cotton double-gauze. The fabric was originally black and white, which I indigo dyed using my California-grown indigo vat. I am also bringing a Nell shirt made from Sally Fox's white organic cotton. I wanted this to look almost like a tuxedo shirt. Very simple. Can't wait to see how long it stays clean! But hey, that's what the dye pot is for, right? I decided to have less gathers and a straight sleeve sans cuff. I think the real feature of this shirt is the collar. So really wanted to simplify all other aspects of the shirt.

3. Choose Simple Patterns

I imagine you might work full time like I do, that sewing and knitting might fit into your down-time. So let's keep it simple. Especially since there is a deadline, the flight departure. Choose a sweater pattern which is fairly straightforward so you can knit a few rows when you are on your daily commute, waiting for xyz. I like to knit in the round. I can try on the sweater as I knit to make sure it fits like I want it to. Before you know it, your sweater will be off the needles, ready to wear! I specifically made two pieces based on the Prism, because it is so darn simple. There aren't very many pattern pieces. Most of the sewn lines are straight. It can be completed in a day. Right now is probably not the best time to sew something really complicated - or use silk you've never worked with before. Go with what you know!

4. If you care about wrinkles, select your fabric with discretion.

I was raised by a woman who cares deeply about wrinkled clothing. While I am more lenient about wrinkles than she, her voice resonates through my head and I can see her point. Linen, one of my favorite fabrics, wrinkles easily. So, it has not been invited on this trip. There is a lot planned for my trip to NY, we will be staying at multiple places. I can imagine I will packing quickly (shoving) clothing into my suitcase. And having to make public appearances, I figure the less wrinkle, the better. So I have chosen fabrics made of cotton and wool.

5. Draw it out!

Sketching and making a diagram of how the pieces you plan to bring fit together can be tremendously helpful. Due to the fact that I have limited space i.e. carry-on suitcase, I go for simple, classic, silhouettes. I chose the Prism pattern because the sleeves are narrow, so they easily fit inside sweater sleeves. Color is a great way to connect garments. My favorite color (and dye) is indigo. So many of my pieces are blue - the big question is - will I look like a big blueberry walking around? Oh well. A blueberry isn't the worst thing I suppose. With that thought, I've thrown in a few neutrals to even things out. So maybe more like blueberry crumble. I must be hungry.

Drumroll....

My Handmade NY wardrobe - pending last minute decisions of what won't fit in my suitcase!


Prism Dress.
Pattern by A Verb for Keeping Warm.
Double-gauze from Japan. 100% cotton. Indigo dyed.

 


Prism Shirt.
Pattern by A Verb for Keeping Warm.
Broadcloth from Japan. 100% Organic Vresis Cotton. Indigo dyed.

 

{photo coming soon}

Nell Shirt.
Pattern by A Verb for Keeping Warm.
Broadcloth from Japan. 100% Organic Vresis Cotton.



The Wedge.
Pattern by Cocoknits in The Modern Natural Dyer.
A Verb for Keeping Warm Horizon. 100% organic, California merino. Indigo dyed.

 


Nieve.
Pattern by Cocoknits.
A Verb for Keeping Warm Horizon.
100% Organic, California Merino. Natural brown color.

 

Francis Sweater.
Pattern by Cocoknits.
A Verb for Keeping Warm Big Sky.
100% Montana Targhee. Dyed with pomegranate.

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Do you have any tips or tricks when it comes to making a wardrobe for travel? Do you have a favorite, versatile handmade garment of which you would recommend the pattern?

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Join me on my New York book tour:
Oct 17 - 18 NY Sheep & Wool, Rhinebeck
Oct 19 Textile Arts Center, Mahattan
Oct 21 Haven's Kitchen

Party with me and the Verb crew in Oakland:
Oct 24 - A Verb for Keeping Warm

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Seam Allowance: Update and Invitation

Posted by Kristine Vejar on October 05, 2015 0 Comments


Good god! It has been crazy in the Verb studio. The Modern Natural Dyer comes out October 20th. We leave for NY on the 15th. Nearly every minute is scheduled up until I leave. There is series of exciting new products we are making and are hoping to announce next week. Let's just say this - it is going to make using The Modern Natural Dyer a whole lot easier - so stay tuned!

All of this said, I am going to pause for a moment in book-release land to talk about something very close to my heart and reason of being. Slow Fashion. Every decision I make at Verb, I consider and weigh its social and ecological impact. Exciting news. Karen Templar over at Fringe Association has begun Slow Fashion October. Where each week she poses a series of questions and discusses various themes associated with slow fashion and a handmade wardrobe. It is very exciting to see so many people drawn to this subject and talking about it. 

So here are a few thoughts I have on slow fashion. I consider slow fashion to be clothing and shoes made by anyone and everyone working to create a more fair environment when manufacturing clothing. It can be easy to judge - to think that one person is doing a better job than another - but really, all steps towards a fair(er), more conscious, labor and ecological environment matter. This is a progression. It is alive without easy answers. It is a movement towards the mind's eye.

Four year ago, I started Seam Allowance. I wanted to create a handmade wardrobe. And I took the pledge to wear at least 25% handmade on a daily basis. I think of an outfit as a top, bottom, socks, and shoes. So 25% would be any one of these things. I invited others to join me. We meet the second Sunday of every month to discuss and to show what we have made, are making, and want to make. We share tips and tricks. Ask each others advice. It has been amazing to watch members of the group create and wear handmade. There are members of Seam Allowance who have gone from barely knowing how to sew, don't know how to knit, to making their own dresses and sweaters - which fit. I find it incredibly inspiring and remarkable. Some members now wear 75% on a near daily basis - shoes are that last remaining 25%. That's a pretty tricky one to get around - however, the members of Seam Allowance are so devoted, I imagine that resolving itself in the near future...I have a teacher in mind.

I learned to sew and knit as a child from my Grandmother. She lives in rural Illinois and many of the social activities revolved around these two activities. I was more than happy to sit around a table with my Grandma and her friends, eating homemade coffee cake, learning to stitch and listening to conversations about stitching. It was like having 10 grandmas. Many of them have now passed, including my Grandmother. I think of them on a daily basis. And give them credit to my desire to re-create this scenario in a slightly different fashion here at Verb. Wish they could be at my book party - or at a Seam Allowance meeting!

Things shifted for me quite a bit when I traveled to India. I went there to study Art and Architecture but ended up working with a group of nomadic herders named Rabari, and who add exquisite embroidery to their clothing, and applique to their quilts and camel covers. The Rabari's embroidery and applique takes the form of motifs which symbolize objects, ideas, and attributes which they find powerful and important. They taught me to really look at cloth and clothing. To think what it can communicate and what it does communicate. I went back to California upon completing my semester. And poured all of my waking moments into learning about textiles. Upon very good advice from the director of the Mills Art Museum, I learned to weave instead of taking a job at Christie's Auction House. I worked at a well known, now closed, fabric shop and began making my own wardrobe. I worked at the Textile Museum in Washington DC, documenting their Indian textile collection, relishing in the work for sure, but also wanting to learn about what it is like to look at textiles from a museum / academic perspective; beautiful, important, but I desired a more hands-on, grassroots approach.

I returned to India on a Fulbright grant to continue my work with the Rabari. And I did, but I also poked around - a lot - with the sole of intention of seeing how people made textiles. Looking at everything from large scale manufacturing to cottage industry. Meeting people and hearing their stories. Without getting into the nitty gritty to much, because there is a lot of grit, it changed my life. I decided that I would, for as far into the future as I could see, work in textiles, and work to even out the playing field. If you would like to see a first hand account of what manufacturing textiles looks like, and what people's lives look like who create most of the fabric and clothing available to us, and to see the farmers lives who grow the materials which make our clothing, there is a documentary titled The True Cost. Grab a glass of wine, it is on netflix.

At Verb, we try to teach as many people as possible to knit and sew, with the hope that it might change their lives as it has for those of us who work at Verb. Perhaps they too will see their clothing in a new way and want to create their own wardrobe.

Materials, I am obsessed with materials, makes sense that I would own a yarn and fabric shop. My obsession lies in sourcing materials where I can follow the supply chain. I want to know who is making the materials we offer at Verb and where they are sourcing the fibers. I want to know how socially and ecologically sound the practices are which create these materials. Just like when I was little, sitting around the table with my Grandma and her friends, I like a story. I like to meet people and learn about their journey. I actually enjoy hearing about problems and I like the process of problem-solving. There's a lot of problems and problem-solving when it comes to meeting those who are invested in either growing their own materials like wool and cotton, or sourcing these materials to make yarn or fabric. Witnessing the complexities, as overwhelming as it can be, gives me a larger frame of reference as to why we don't have access to certain materials, such as the dearth of US made fabric, and provides inspiration, motivation, and goals toward which I can work to make that change.

I might dye something with natural indigo extract. I am happy because I know that the indigo came from a plant. I can trace that. But I would like to know who the farmer is. This desire led has led us down a three year path of working towards that goal. I began to work more closely with Rebecca Burgess at Fibershed, who grows indigo, helped to build an indigo composting floor, learned to make a fermentation vat based upon the traditional style of Japanese indigo vats, and now have two at the shop. We also grew indigo this year in the Capay Valley, 90 miles from Verb, and have a patch at the shop for people to see. We have learned that a lot of people don't know where indigo comes from. It's kinda fun to learn that it comes from a plant! People like plants. They are beautiful and provide oxygen! Yay plants!

Two years ago, at Verb, we hired Tasa. She went to school for pattern drafting and helped us to create our own line of sewing patterns. I wanted to create these patterns so we would have a curriculum to teach people how to sew garments - patterns we know in and out, like the back of our hand.

So when it comes to my own Seam Allowance goals - I want to make and wear handmade on a daily basis but I also want to use materials - yarn, fabric, and dye - which I can trace to the best of my ability. And am in the process of doing so. That said, for me, it is as much about supporting others who I feel are doing good work, as it is about not purchasing from those who I disagree with in terms of ethos. So I support other makers and small businesses who are working very hard to create beautiful clothing and shoes - made from natural, consciously sourced materials, in the United States. Feral Childe, See Sun, Ali Golden, Voices of Industry, and Pansy Co are just a few that come to mind. I have a beloved pair of Cobra Rock boots from Marfa, Texas. I have also been following the Palatines for some time. Clogs can be found made in the U.S. - like Sven, No. 6, and SF based Bryr. And to always remember, this is a process. I slip. I fall (ahem, nikes).

This upcoming Sunday at 5:30pm is October's Seam Allowance meeting. I would love it if you joined us.

If you are not local, perhaps you can make your own Seam Allowance group. Let me know if you do, and I will add it to our website to help spread the word.

What does slow fashion mean to you? Are there questions you have about making a handmade wardrobe? Do you make your own clothing? Or have a favorite small label? 

One more quick thing - for a moment we had a Seam Allowance blog - and then life happened, so as of today we are archiving the Seam Allowance blog, which can be accessed here, and creating a new category on the Verb blog named Seam Allowance. Hopefully, this year, we will be able to highlight a few of our Seam Allowance super stars! 

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Coming up: One of the most exciting things about traveling is deciding what to make and to wear.

Pre-order The Modern Natural Dyer and receive a fun, interactive gift.

Join me on my New York book tour:
Oct 17 - 18 NY Sheep & Wool, Rhinebeck
Oct 19 Textile Arts Center, Mahattan
Oct 21 Haven's Kitchen

Party with me and the Verb crew in Oakland:
Oct 24 - A Verb for Keeping Warm

 

 

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