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Power Dyeing” Workshop 2022

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HookingApril DeConick Houston, Texas 

Dates:  Evening – Wednesday, August 17, 2022 
Time:  6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 
Class Fee: $65.00 / Sauder Village Members $55.00
Supply Fee: $89.00 - payable to teacher during class
Location: Founder’s Hall – Dye Kitchen
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Bring your rugs to life with the power of color and dyes! Learn how to make color by mixing dyes and applying them to wool so that your rugs come to life in wonderous and unique ways. 

April will show you how easy it is to dye beautiful wool using her tried-and-true applications. Over the course of the evening, she will teach a variety of dyeing techniques that alter color to achieve a fabulous range of color options. You will learn her easy techniques for transcolor dyeing (moving from one color to another), create light to dark gradations of a single color, mottle wool, as well as learn how to control the brightness of any color by dyeing tones or shades. 


In this Dye Workshop, April will break down the mysteries of color as you learn step-by-step how to easily work with dyes. You will be working in the dye pots. As the wool simmers, you will create a personal dyeing diary complete with samples of dyed wools, charts, diagrams, and tips so that you will be confident to dye wool using these techniques at home. 

As you learn these techniques, April also will demonstrate her newly released Dye Smart SystemTM which she designed to take the guesswork out of dyeing, but not the fun! April developed this system of color and dyeing after twelve years of color study and experimentation. Her system makes it possible for us to paint with wool as artists paint with palettes of watercolors or oils. 

squares-of-color-hooked-rug-April-DeConickThis is a hands-on color and dye workshop that is appropriate for beginners, intermediate and advanced students. Everyone is welcome. April is known for working with all levels of students in her dye classes.  

Teacher will contact students prior to class: No

Level:  Everyone welcome, no prior dyeing knowledge or experience required.  

Supply fee description:  All dyes, mordants, and materials used by student in class, gloves, wool samples for student to take home, dye diary with materials (pens, pencils, markers, paints, scissors, and glue sticks are provided), and full-color instruction sheets. 

Students Need to Bring: Wear aprons and clothes that you won’t care about staining. Bring masks to use when working with powder dyes.




April’s hooked 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, which she finished designing 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 she 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.