April DeConick is an award-winning hooked wool artist and master dyer specializing in palette dyeing and zonal hooking, a dyeing process and hooking technique that she created in order to hook beautiful impressionistic rugs.
She has had her hooked rugs and mats featured in six of the Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs juried series, Rug Hooking Magazine, and the ATHA Newsletter. Her rugs and dyed wool have received blue ribbon People's Choice Awards in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 at the Sauder Village Rug Hooking Exhibition. She is one of the first members of the Celebration Rug Hooking Hall of Fame.
She has authored numerous articles for the ATHA Newsletter and Rug Hooking Magazine. She also has written and fully illustrated the step-by-step instructional dye book: The Wool Palette: a rug hooker's guide to dyeing your own color palette of wool. Her second book, Wool Snapshots is also available for purchase (see side bar of this page). She teaches classes in dyeing and hooked portraiture at retreats and camps. She is the past president of the Stash Sisters ATHA guild and a founding member of the Houston ATHA Rug Hooking guild, both in Region 9.
She began hooking in rural Michigan in 1995.
1997. "Build an Exhibition Frame: Safely and attractively display your rug for under $15." Rug Hooking Magazine 9:12-13.
1998. "First Rug on the Last Page: The Hidden Stone." Rug Hooking Magazine 10:64.
2001. "Jack in the Red." A Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs 11:50-51.
2002. "Clinton Hooking Society." 137:18-19.
2004. "Easy Step-by-Step Instructions with Workboxes for Designing Your Own Rugs." ATHA Newsletter 147:30-33.
2010. "My First Commissioned Rug: Woof For Alexander." ATHA Newsletter 180:34-35.
2010. "Got Wool? Alternative #1: How does Polar Fleece Fare?" ATHA Newsletter August/September.
2011. The Wool Palette: A Rug Hooker's Guide to Dyeing Your Own Color Palette of Wool. Houston: Red Jack Rugs, 2010; revised edition 2011.
2011. "St. Nicholas Value by Value." ATHA Newsletter 186:12-13.
2011. "Lady Sunset." A Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs 11: 30-31.
2013. "Dyeing to Hook a Palette of Wool." Rug Hooking Magazine 24:28-33.
2013. Wool Snapshots: A Rug Hooker's Guide to Creating Miniature Portraits from Photos. Houston: Red Jack Rugs, 2013.
2013. "Light in Charlie." Rug Hooking Magazine 25:44-45.
2014. "Snapshots in Wool: Clear a Large Stash with Small-Scale Projects." Rug Hooking Magazine 26:10-17.
2014. "Mary Magdalene," Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs 24:30-31.
2015. "Satu," Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs 25.
2016. "Alexander DeGreiner, Rug Hooker: A mother and son collaboration lunches a new talent." Rug Hooking Magazine 28:60-65.
2016. "Jesus of Nazareth," Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs 26.
2017. "Red Glasses." Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs 27:50-51.