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"Color Tree Zippered Hooking/Sewing Kit"

Workshop CLOSED!

April DeConick
Houston, Texas 

Dates:   1 day – Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Time:  9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Class Fee: $125.00 / Sauder Village Members $115.00  
Supply Fee: $ 110
Location: Founder’s Hall – Stage Right
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Hook a stunning Color Tree mat designed and dyed by April. The mat is designed as a cover for an extra-large (10” x 5”) zippered hooking/sewing kit (included in the workshop kit). The mat is also designed to teach the essentials of color theory and the color wheel, value, and April’s unique Palette Dyeing process. 

April created Palette Dyeing so that rug crafters, like painters, would have a full range of colors in every value and hue possible. She will teach how to create your own 66 customized colors from three dyes (red, yellow, and blue), a process she published in her best-selling book, The Wool Palette: A Rug Hooker’s Guide to Dyeing Your Own Color Palette of Wool.  

While there will not be hands on dyeing, April will cover all the steps in a detailed power point presentation and provide examples of the resulting dyed wool. Students will also learn how to transfer the pattern onto linen foundation. 

April has mastered the use of color --- which is evident in her award winning rugs. In this workshop she will share her tips and techniques to demystify the color process for you!

Teacher will contact students prior to class: Yes

Level:  Basic – students must have basic rug hooking knowledge and experience. No prior dyeing knowledge or experience is needed. 

Supply description: Zippered sewing kit (10” x 5”) including items seen in the photo; 20” x 20” serged linen foundation; transfer fabric; transfer pen; pencil; 5/8 yard hand-dyed wools to complete mat; 1 ½ yards black wool binding; pattern and visuals.ts you, see below.  

Students Need to Bring:  Basic rug hooking supplies: a frame, scissors, cutter, # 6 blade, & hook. 

Bio: April DeConick is an award-winning hooked wool artist and master dyer. Her specialties include human and animal portraiture, impressionism, oversized and miniature mats, Zonalism, color, and Palette Dyeing. 

She is a member of the Celebration of Hand-Hooked Rugs Hall of Fame, with six of her rugs and mats featured in the Celebration juried series (vol.11, 21, 24, 25, 26, and 27) to date. Her rugs and dyed wool have received blue ribbon People’s Choice Awards in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 at Rug Hooking Week at Sauder Village. 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 a complete guide to creating miniature hooked portraits from favorite photos. 

She is the past-president of the Stash Sisters ATHA guild in Region 9 and a founding member of Houston ATHA Rug Hookers also in Region 9. She writes about rug hooking on her popular blog, Red Jack Rugs. She began hooking in 1995 in rural Michigan. She resides in Houston, Texas


Registration started at 10 am on January 9th, 2019
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