Amirisu Retreat 2017, Japan
to Nov 5

Amirisu Retreat 2017, Japan

Kristine is teaching at Art Biotop in Nasu at the Amirisu Fall Retreat. Nasu is about an hour train ride from Tokyo and is highly regarded as a place of utmost beauty. Together, you will create fabric printed with flowers. You will learn how to create an indigo vat, dye with indigo, and how to create patterns using shibori. You will take walks, go the hot spring, and eat delicious food!


Place: Art Biotop Nasu in Nasu Shiobara (1 hour from Tokyo by Shinkansen). A free shuttle from Nasu Shiobara station is available. Please come to the Nasu Shiobara station on your own.

Please contact AMIRISU if you need help in planning your trip to Japan. The venue is about 1.5 hours from Tokyo Station by Shinkansen Bullet Train.

Fee: 108,000 yen per person or 120,000 yen per person (for single occupancy room). The fee includes all meals (3 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners) and 2 workshops. 

Instructors: Kristine Vejar (who will be teaching textile natural dyeing (of course)) and Tokuko (who will be teaching 1/2 day how to make fitted sweaters (optional, we expect some people choose to just relax))

The lodging is within one of the renowned resort hotel and very beautiful. We can use the spa of the hotel. Pottery and glass blowing classes is available as an option.

NEW: We will have A Verb For Keeping Warm yarn trunk show during the retreat.  WALNUT will be one of the few shops that will carry their limited edition yarn, and our retreat participants will be the first to see / buy them.

Workshop Details
Natural Dyeing Workshop

We will do the following over the course of two days. The workshop is split into two half-day sessions, and participants will take either morning or afternoon class.

- Eco dyeing silk scarf
- Indigo dyeing a skein of wool yarn (participants can dye speckled yarn by adding ties to a skein)
- Indigo dye fabric, enough to make a sewing kit or a traveling bag from the Modern Natural Dyer.

Choosing a right pattern for your body type (Optional WS)

We hear a lot from our customers and students that they were disappointed when they tried out the finished sweaters.  Tokuko will teach you how to choose the right size, and how to choose a pattern  that flatters your body type.  During the class, participants will also take the correct measurements of their body.

This workshop is optional, and you can choose to relax and knit instead. There is a huge area to wander around and site down for knitting.






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Craft South, Nashville, Tennessee
2:00 PM14:00

Craft South, Nashville, Tennessee

The Modern Natural Dyer: An Introduction with Kristine Vejar

Discover the beautiful ways in which plants can be used to dye wool, silk, cotton, and linen. Using her book, The Modern Natural Dyer, as reference, Kristine will teach you the process of natural dyeing and how to create a wide spectrum of long-lasting color.

In this class, you will create a series of dyebaths from grown and gathered plants as well as from highly concentrated powders derived from plants called natural dyeing extracts. You will learn to make an indigo vat, how to create indigo dyed goods, and how, using a thread and needle, to create patterns upon cloth (shibori). You will leave this class with a collection of naturally dyed swatches and a practical foundation to starting your own natural dyeing practice using The Modern Natural Dyer.

Class fee includes the following:

  • 10 hours of instruction

  • Use of our Janome Sewing Machines

  • Use of our measuring, cutting, and sewing tools

  • 15% off all in store purchases 

  • A goodie bag filled with some helpful notions & materials

  • Coffee, water, snacks throughout the weekend

Specific material requirements and schedule will be sent to participants in advance of workshop.  Please contact with your specific questions.

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Flag Wool & Fiber Festival Keynote Speaker
5:30 PM17:30

Flag Wool & Fiber Festival Keynote Speaker

2017 Keynote Speaker: Kristine Vejar
Bestselling author of The Modern Natural Dyer and owner of naturally dyed yarn and fabric business A Verb for Keeping Warm

Please join us Saturday June 3rd for our 2nd annual Keynote Speaker event at the Flag Wool and Fiber Festival.  The event kicks off with a pre-lecture reception hosted by the Arizona Historical Society at 4pm in the Pioneer Museum Barn.   Ms. Vejar's presentation begins in the Coconino Center for the Arts at 5:30pm and will be followed by a Q&A and book signing.  

Ticket price is $15 and includes the reception.


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Women Empowered Through Connection
to Jul 2

Women Empowered Through Connection

Rare Device is proud to present our next gallery show, Women. Curator Giselle Gyalzen asked 5 women artists that work in different mediums to create work based on the theme, Women Empowered Through Connection. As a woman-owned, community-minded business we strongly believe in proclaiming women’s strength and power in their community and beyond. The show will feature the works of Lindsay Stripling, Sarah K. Benning, A’Driane Nieves, Kristine Vejar, and Katie Gong.

Friday, May 5th, 6pm - 9pm

Rare Device
600 Divisadero Street
San Francisco, CA 94117


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