An organically certified yarn Dyehouse

Saco River Dyehouse is a mid-scale commercial skein dyeing operation located in the North Dam Mill Complex in Biddeford, Maine. Certified in 2012 under the International Global Organic Textile Standards, the Dyehouse focuses on natural fibers with anticipated growth into other fiber dyeing areas. The average production is 2500 lbs. a week with the capacity to expand significantly. The Dyehouse employs two Dyemasters with combined expertise in all of aspects of dyeing and is building a Dyehouse Team of what is now 14 employees. We have a software system for inventory management and typically are able to provide finished... (more)

Ideation

The Dyehouse staff will work with customers on color development, matching and sample dyeing. In addition, the Dyehouse owners have had extensive experience in managing a farm collection program and yarn production process for small volume specialty fibers.

Materials

The Dyehouse owns and dyes a brand of yarn called Paternayan. This 3-ply wool is sold into the needle-arts, rug and liturgical pieces market. Dyed into 416 colors, the yarn is available through the Dyehouse for wholesale customers. In addition to Paternayan, a signature line of natural fiber - both organic and non-organic yarns - is under development and will be marketed as the Dyehouse Yarns beginning in late 2013.

Sample-Making

Color matching and working with customers on samples for their projects is integral to the dyeing operation. If a customer has developed a color palette, the first step in the dyeing process is color matching completed by one of the Dyemasters and customer approved. If additional color design work needs to be completed, color design services are also available.