Anilines, synthetic coal-tar derivatives, are relatively inexpensive and easy to use. One color provides many hues of that particular color range.
Water soluble penetrate deep, demonstrate good light-fastness, yield excellent grain clarity, but will raise the grain.
A usual rule of thumb is that 1 oz of dry powder dye will yield from 1 pint to up to 4 quarts of liquid dye, depending on the concentration desired. Never store in metal containers. Use warm water for dissolving WS dyes and it will dissolve much faster.