Frequently Asked Questions

Are your products colorfast?
Absolutely! We have recently implemented our new dyeing procedures so that our fibers will be colorfast based on industry standards. Please download the PDF of our Colorfast Policy for more information.

In addition, Weeks Dye Works is the first hand over-dye company to be certified a "Green Company" by American Textile Specialties. That includes the fact that no chemicals are used to make fibers colorfast: Weeks uses "fast dyes," dye selection and a proprietary dyeing procedure to achieve colorfastness on our select yarns and fabrics. Other companies use chemical "fixes," which include formaldehydes, to make their yarns colorfast. We do not use formaldehydes in any of the dyeing procedures.
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What is your environmental policy?
Weeks Dye Works is serious about the environment. All WDW dyes are organic and environmentally safe. They are 100% biodegradable and can be discharged directly into a city's sewer system. In addition, they meet or exceed all current regulations put forth by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. None of our dyes are listed on California's Proposition 65, nor are they carcinogenic by the standards of the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the National Toxicology Program or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Please view our Green Policy page for more information.
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What is your website policy?
Designer images are the property of their respective copyright holders. All other images are copyright © Weeks Dye Works, all rights reserved worldwide.
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Are your products made in America?
We purchase gray goods from around the world and import them here to us in the United States. We also produce our own 2 and 3 strand floss here at our plant. We dye everything here in our plant and produce all our end products here in the United States by American workers.
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What is your privacy policy?
We do not share our visitors' information with other companies. We do not use "cookies." We gather only aggregate information from our ISPs.
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I am a stitcher. Can I purchase from you directly?
We ask that you visit your favorite needlework shop for our products. To see our list of retailers, please visit the Find a Retailer page. And if your favorite shop isn't on our list, go give them a nudge for us!
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I am a designer, and I'd love to use your products. How do I get started?
We'd love for you to use our products, too! Learn how at our Designers Program Information page.
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I am a retailer. Can I order from you online?
Yes, you can! If you are a new customer, please sign up at our Retailer Registration page. If you are an existing customer with a username and password from us, head on over to our Retailer's Store page. If you're an existing customer and do not have a username and password, please contact us for this information.
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I have an older pattern I want to stitch, but it requires a retired color. Am I out of luck?
Not necessarily. First, check with your favorite Weeks Dye Works retailer to see whether they may still have it in their inventory. If not, tell them to visit our online Documents Page and download the relevant Retired Colors order form. They can either fax or email an order in the color that you want. We have plenty of inventory, and if we need to dye more, we can - we have the formula. We want all the stitchers who use Weeks Dye Works products to have access to them. We will never discontinue a fiber or fabric!
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Where will you be exhibiting next?
Good question! Keep checking back at our Upcoming Events page; we keep that list updated and add shows as soon as we've signed up for them. If you want to suggest a show, please email us.
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What size are your fat quarters?
Good question... as we cut our fat-quarters out of each roll of wool, we oversize the cut to allow for our dyeing process to shrink and felt the wool. As with each roll and dye bath, there are some variations that we cannot control. Our fat-quarters are approximately 16" by 25".
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How did you get started?
After graduating from the School of Design at North Carolina State University in 1992, I followed my future husband, John McGahey, out to Denver, Colorado. I took a job dyeing fabric for a quilt company, since my concentration at NC State was in textile design. Meanwhile, John's long work hours as an intern Architect left me with time on my hands, so I started dyeing fabric at home in the bath tub for fun. Soon, John made the comment that I had too much dyed fabric lying around the apartment, so I planned to sell it to textile oriented shops in Denver.

I happened to visit "Ewe & Eye & Friends", a cross stitch shop in Denver. The ladies loved the colors of the fabric that I had dyed, but didn't have a need for it. They asked if I had considered dyeing thread. I had never thought of it, but decided to give it a try just as a hobby. They ordered a few colors to include in a Christmas kit they designed (Kris Kringle). What had begun as a hobby turned into a real venture. The rest, as they say, "is history."
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