FAQ

These are frequently asked questions regarding my custom dyeing services for baby carriers. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

  • Is there a wait list? Sometimes, and the length varies depending on the technique. Right now there is no wait list for solid color, spiky low water immersion, or ice dye work; there is a wait list for hand painted dye, acid dyeing, ombre, and stripping.* If you are looking for other services, please contact me. All wait list times are estimates- sometimes they may take longer, sometimes they may be faster. *This was updated on November 1, 2016 and may have changed since then; please contact me for updated wait list times.
  • What do I do to get a project started or to get on the wait list? To get a project started or secure your spot in line, contact me with information about your wrap and vision (to make sure it’s something I can do), and then purchase the correct technique listing, which will reserve your position in the queue if there is one. Within each technique category, I go in order of the order being purchased to keep it fair for everyone.
  • How long will my wrap be gone? It depends on the wait list and the technique you’ve chosen. Once your wrap has reached the top of the queue, it will take me a week or two to finish your wrap, depending on the technique you’ve selected, plus the time it takes to mail it back to you. If you are waiting in a queue, you are welcome to keep your wrap with you until your slot draws closer so it is not gone for so long. If you need to have it by a particular date, please tell me so I can let you know whether I can get it done by then or not.
  • How much does it cost? My pricing is as follows:*
    • Solid color dye: $75
    • Ice dye: $75
    • Hand painted dye on mei tai, SSC, or woven wrap: $110
    • Spiky/mottled low water immersion: $75
    • Painted ombre: $130
    • Single-color dip ombre: $130
    • Two-color dip ombre: $160
    • Acid dye (silk blends only): $80
    • Stripping: $50

*All prices include a $20 non-refundable deposit. Prices do not include shipping.

  • What is the process? In a nutshell: you contact me and we discuss your vision (including exchanging images of inspiration photos and colors as needed), the project work is purchased, you send me the wrap, I dye it, then I send the wrap back to you.
  • How do I make my purchase? Through my Etsy shop, where you can pay with PayPal or a credit card.
  • How should I send my wrap to you? I recommend Priority Mail and insuring it for the full value of the wrap. When you purchase the dye work listing, you will receive a confirmation that has the shipping address. If you would like more information and advice on how to ship a wrap, please check out my blog post on this topic.
  • Do you offer a multiple-wrap or multiple order shipping discount? If you would like to dye 2 or more wraps or if you purchase more than one dye service for a single wrap, shipping can be combined and all shipping overages charged by Etsy will be refunded.
  • Do you offer a multiple-wrap dyeing discount? If you would like to dye 3 or more wraps, I offer a 10% discount. Before you place your order, I will provide you with the discount code.
  • Will my wrap be crunchy after it’s been dyed? On the contrary, I find that my dyeing process leaves wraps quite soft. Like all recently-washed items, the slight post-wash stiffness will disappear once you’ve wrapped with it a time or two.
  • What else can I expect from my wrap after being dyed? I have found that some wraps are pilly or fuzzy after being washed. In most cases, this can be easily removed with a lint roller or your patient fingers. This is not felting (I do not dye wool wraps) and is not dangerous- it is just the natural softening of the fibers that occurs with washing and regular use.
  • What are reasonable expectations for a hand dyed carrier? It is reasonable to expect to be satisfied with your carrier; if you are unhappy with any aspect of my work, please contact me and I am going to work to make it right for you. However, if you are choosing to have your carrier hand dyed, know that you will see the hand in the dye work; it is not going to be perfect. These are natural characteristics of a hand dyed item. All hand-dyeing processes may produce slight variations in color and evenness, regardless of how careful and detail-oriented I strive to be; occasionally there may be areas of unevenness, dye transfer, small spots or freckling, streaks, lines, or other imperfections. There are no refunds for custom dye services.
  • I got a bleach stain on my wrap and would like to dye it to cover it. Can you do that? No. Bleached fabric is more than just an area where the color has been removed; the integrity of the fabric has been compromised. Bleach will continue to eat away at the fibers over time. If you get bleach on your carrier, you need to immediately apply a bleach neutralizer and then check your carrier carefully before each subsequent use or perhaps retire it to use for scrap projects. Read more about bleach neutralizers on Paula Birch’s excellent article: “How can I neutralize the damaging effects of chlorine bleach?”
  • Should I wash my wrap before I send it to you? Unless your wrap is exceptionally dirty, there’s no need to wash it before sending it to me. I wash all wraps before dyeing as part of the dyeing process.
  • I have a wool blend wrap. Can you dye that? I do not currently offer wool dyeing.
  • Do you strip (chemically remove the color from) wraps? Yes! Stripping the color from a wrap can be a wonderfully transformative process, great either as a stand-alone service or as a first step in a dye project. I do, however, offer the following warning: stripping is very unpredictable. Sometimes the existing color strips away completely, sometimes it strips to a lighter version of the existing color, sometimes the colors partially strip (one color will strip but another will not), sometimes they strip to a completely different color (such as yellow, blue, or brown), and sometimes they do not strip at all. I do not strip bamboo, silk, synthetics, or carriers with weight bearing seams like mei tais, ring slings, or buckle carriers. If you are unsure if your carrier is eligible for stripping, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
  • Are the dyes you use safe for babies? Babywearing safety is of paramount concern to me. I dye plant fiber wraps (linen, cotton, hemp, bamboo, tencel, and blends of these materials) with fiber-reactive procion dyes, and I use acid dye or procion dye on silk blends. These are used with a special process that chemically bonds the dye to the fabric, making the color both bold and permanent. Because the dye does not bleed and will not leech from your carrier, it is extremely safe for babies. The dye will not come off on skin, clothes, or in baby’s teething mouth.
  • How do I clean my wrap after it’s been dyed? Unless you have a very delicate wrap that requires hand washing, I generally recommend washing your wrap separately on cold in a gentle cycle with a liquid detergent free of optical brighteners, then line drying, followed by ironing with the appropriate heat and steam setting for the fiber of your wrap. For more information, read my post on laundering baby carriers.
  • I think I want to have my wrap dyed, but I’m overwhelmed! What should I do?  Don’t worry, I know it can seem like a lot! Contact me! I’m happy to talk to you about colors, techniques, and what to expect. Don’t hesitate to ask questions!

 

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