The original Dyehouse operation, established in Manhattan, was initially purchased by the Creative Arts Division of Johnson Wax and moved to Massachusetts in the 1980s where for more than 30 years it dyed and sold its own well-established yarns such as Paternayan, manufactured needle-arts kits including the Elsa Williams line and sold into the hand-knitting market under such labels as Reynolds, Lopi and Jo Sharp. During this time, a quiet but growing part of the business operations was providing contract dyeing services to other yarn production mills and the fiber arts community under the supervision of the Head Dyemaster.
With the July 2012 purchase, the operations and equipment were moved to the Dyehouse’s current 18,000 square-foot site on the Saco River in the footprint of the former Westpoint-Stevens Mill located in Biddeford, Maine.
The operation today
Since beginning operation in December of 2012, the Dyehouse has been offering contract dyeing services for a range of yarn and textile customers. In January, 2013 the Saco River Dyehouse was organically certified under the GOTS International Textile Standards and recently joined the U.S. based Organic Trade Association.