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April DeConick Retreat 2022

Going Abstract!

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April DeConick
Houston, Texas &

“Abstract Art!”

3 Day Retreat: 

Tuesday – Thursday, August 16 – 18, 2022
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
$325.00 / Sauder Village Members $305.00
Heritage Inn – Heritage Room




Unlock your creativity in this three-day transformative retreat with April DeConick. Explore the “other” side of rug hooking by immersing yourself in the creative process as you learn how to use marks, color, and texture to express yourself and create meaningful abstract art rugs. You will learn about the emergence of abstract art in the twentieth century and be inspired by the works of master painters and fiber artists. April will take you step-by-step through the processes that inform abstract artists. She will teach techniques that she has developed to create light and use color successfully in her wool compositions. 

The first day of the retreat will be filled with fun and carefree practices that will help you create your own abstract pattern by the end of the day. This will include “plein air” exercises using your cell phone camera to capture images for your designs. Instruction in design and composition will be given. The second day of the retreat you will focus on finishing your abstract pattern and transferring it to linen. You will learn all about color and effective color combinations. By the end of the day, you will have color planned your rug. The third day of the retreat you will begin hooking your rug, in any cut size, and resolving any final questions before going home with the confidence to finish your rug and create more abstract art rugs in the future.


If you have an iPad or tablet with the Procreate app, bring this to class.  April will be demonstrating how to use this app in the pattern-making process. 

Supply Fee: $149, payable to the instructor

Supplies include: 36” x 36” serged linen for use in creating your pattern; 1-yard dyed wool (student choice; may mix and match colors by 1/16th yard); all pattern-making and transfer supplies; art supplies for exercises (pens, pencils, markers, paints, scissors, and glue sticks are provided); personal workbook; exercise and instruction sheets.

Basic to Advanced - Students must have a good rug hooking knowledge and experience.

Basic hooking supplies: a frame, scissors, cutter, cutter blades (which you prefer to work with), and a hook. Please bring your cell phone or camera. Optional (but highly recommended): an iPad or tablet with Procreate app.



April’shooked artworks have won top awards in juried art competitions, been shown in special exhibitions, and published in a variety of venues. She has published articles and books on her hooked art rugs, palette dyeing techniques, and Dye Smart™ color system. April created Dye Smart™ color system in 2020 after twelve years of color study and dye experimentation.

April was inducted into the Celebration Hall of Fame for Hand-Hooked Rugs in 2018.  She is the owner of April DeConick Art Rugs and Designs, a gallery in the artist community at Sawyer Yards, Houston, Texas, and is the director of the Art Rug Academy, “where art meets rug.” 


Gallery Talk registration may be completed in person at Founder’s Hall Information Table, Wednesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Cash, Check or Credit Card payment will be accepted.

“Trio of Dimensional Halloween Pins” with Cheryl Bollenbach ($65 fee, evening class, Thursday, August 17) is the only class with additional openings. Registration will be accepted in person at the Founder’s Hall Information Table up until noon on Thursday, August 17th.

Thank you for making this a SOLD OUT year for so many of our classes.