Dye is Cast Yarns was launched in 2016 by Melissa Martinez. Melissa, who originally hails from Queens NY, has been proudly calling Philadelphia her home since 2010. She is a life-long lover of color, yarn and the fiber arts. She learned how to crochet and knit from her Argentine grandmother when she was about 8 years old and her hands haven’t been idle since.

How the Whole Dyeing Thing Started...

A few years ago Melissa had this crazy idea of dyeing yarn while on vacation with some friends in Montreal.  

She didn’t know how it would all come together but just knew she HAD to do it & that everything would fall into place. After much research, experimentation and a website later... Dye is Cast Yarns was officially born.

Melissa's Fiber Arts Journey…

Throughout the years Melissa has also been a maker, a designer of knitting and crochet patterns and most recently the owner and indie yarn dyer for Dye is Cast Yarns.


Dye is Cast Yarns are hand dyed in very small batches using professional quality acid dyes in a smoke-free environment in Philadelphia, PA. Yarns are dyed using a variety of different techniques (often more than one per skein!) and the end result is a unique work of art with infinite crafting possibilities.

While we gravitate towards more moody, muted, colorful neutrals and rather offbeat color combos, we also love incorporating typical brights into the mix. You'll find that our yarns will give an extra special richness and depth to your projects as a result.

What’s our inspiration? It's mostly Gothic horror, fantasy, nature, space, the paranormal and geeky puns. We hope our uniquely colorful yarns inspire your next creation!

On A More Personal Note...

Crafters, YOU guys are the real rockstars! I LOVE seeing all of your projects and am humbled by the fact that I get to so something I enjoy plus provide a tool that fosters creativity.

YOU rock!!

“Hi, I’m Melissa and I’ll be dyeing your yarn this evening...”


Melissa is wearing a Droplet Capelet designed by Denise Bayron of Bayron Handmade. Yarn is Squish Wish Sock in the Witching Hour colorway. 

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