About April

Sauder Village, People's Choice Award, Originals 2012

Sauder Village, People's Choice Award, Originals 2012

April DeConick is an award-winning hooked wool artist and master dyer.  She has had her hooked rugs and mats featured in four 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 has authored 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 president of the Stash Sisters ATHA guild in Region 9.  She began hooking in 1995 in rural Michigan.  She resides in Houston, Texas with her son Alexander and her husband Wade who are also talented rug hookers. 

Sauder Village, People's Choice Award, Theme Challenge 2011

Sauder Village, People's Choice Award, Theme Challenge 2011

 

Sauder Villiage, People's Choice Award for People and Places 2013

Sauder Villiage, People's Choice Award for People and Places 2013

Publications

April D. DeConick, "Build an Exhibition Frame: Safely and attractively display your rug for under $15," Rug Hooking Magazine IX:2 (September/October 1997) pp. 12-13.

April D. DeConick, "First Rug on the Last Page: The Hidden Stone," Rug Hooking Magazine X:3 (November/December 1998) p. 64.

April D. DeConick, "Jack in the Red," A Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs IX (Mechanicsburg: Stackpole Press, 2001) pp. 50-51.

April D. DeConick, "Clinton Hooking Society," ATHA Newsletter XIX:137 (October/November 2002) pp. 18-19.

April D. DeConick, "Easy Step-by-Step Instructions with Workboxes for Designing Your Own Rugs," ATHA Newsletter 147 (June/July 2004) pp. 30-33.

April DeConick, "My First Commissioned Rug: Woof For Alexander," ATHA Newsletter 180 (December 2009/January 2010) pp. 34-35.

April DeConick, "Got Wool?  Alternative #1: How does Polar Fleece Fare?" ATHA Newsletter (August/September 2010).

April DeConick, The Wool Palette: A Rug Hooker's Guide to Dyeing Your Own Color Palette of Wool (Houston: Red Jack Rugs, 2010; revised edition 2011).

sauder village People's choice award for best dyeing challenge 2014

sauder village People's choice award for best dyeing challenge 2014

April DeConick, "St. Nicholas Value by Value," ATHA Newsletter 186 (December 2010/January 2011) pp. 12-13.

April DeConick, "Lady Sunset," A Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs XXI (Mechanicsburg: Stackpole Press, 2011) pp. 30-31.

April D. DeConick, "Dyeing to Hook a Palette of Wool," Rug Hooking Magazine (March/April 2013) 24:5, pp. 28-33.

April D. DeConick, Wool Snapshots: A Rug Hooker's Guide to Creating Miniature Portraits from Photos (Houston: Red Jack Rugs, 2013).

April D. DeConick, "Snapshots in Wool: Clear a Large Stash with Small-Scale Projects," Rug Hooking Magazine (June/July/August 2014) 26:1, pp. 10-17.

April D. DeConick, "Mary Magdalene," Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs XXIV (Mechanicsburg: Stackpole Press, 2014) pp. 30-31.