Dyeing 101 with Gaywool

There are a lot of dyes available to the hand dyer these days, but the diverse range of Gaywool Dyes are an ideal match for beginning dyers as well as experienced fiber artists. These user-friendly dyes come in a diverse selection of colors which are inspired by the colors of Tasmania.

In a later post, we’ll talk more about the Gaywool’s Acid Dye and Lanaset Dye ranges, which are best suited for intermediate and experienced dyers. Today, we will focus on Gaywool Originals & Bushblends, which are quick & easy to use and require very little clean-up – perfect for at-home and beginning dyers!

Basic Safety

  • Always wear gloves and a particle filter mask when handling dyes.
  • Turn off any fans and close nearby windows when mixing powder or crystal dyes.
  • Make sure your work area is well-ventilated; when cooking your dye baths, be sure to turn on vent fans and open a window.
  • Do not eat, drink or prepare food in your work area while you are preparing dyes.

Gaywool Originals Starter KitOriginal

This dye range offers 36 beautiful colors which are chemically based & complete – that is, the formulation includes the mordant and dyebath acidifier  that is necessary to produce true to type color fast dyeing. Originals are formulated specifically for raw or spun wool, but can also be used on cashmere, mohair, silk, nylon and fur – however, we do not recommend use on other synthetic fibers.

Dyes can be used for immersion, rainbow, microwave dyeing, also with steam set and direct application techniques (more on these techniques in a minute!).

Just getting started? We recommend the Gaywool Dyes Original Starter Kit!


These dyes offer fast results in just 30 minutes with a vibrant color range which can be strengthened or diluted to suit your preference. Bushblends contain everything you need to dye without messy mixing or weighing, and they are compatible with Gaywool Originals.

Depending on the strength of the shade, dyeing time varies between 15-30 minutes; the dye uptake is very quick and the dyebath has very little residue after exhaustion has completed.

Bushblend dyes work best on natural fibers such as wool, silk, angora and mohair, but can also be used on fur, feathers, nylon and nylon blend fibers, among other uses.

Dyes can be used in immersion dyeing, rainbow, microwave, and oven dyeing. They can also be applied using steam setting and direct application techniques.

Gaywool Bushblends Dye Color CardDyeing Resources

Here are some of our favorite dye tutorials to get you started:

Directions to use Orginals for Stove Top, Steam, Microwave, Random and Cold Water dye methods can be found here.

Directions to use Bushblends for Stove Top, Steam, Microwave, Random and Cold Water dye methods can be found here.

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