Contemporary Crochet Portraiture with Jo Hamilton

Course Overview

Capture life in knots of yarn. Explore the endless possibilities of portraiture through the unexpected medium of crochet.

Students will focus on completing one portrait during the course of this fibre art workshop, and should be proficient in basic crochet. Personal creativity, expression and experimentation with the process is encouraged.

In this textile art workshop students will

• Learn how to crochet a portrait of their choice by demonstration, inspiration and a hands-on practical approach

• Experiment with non-traditional techniques to create colour, texture, depth and character in their work

• Learn practical ways to render facial features and expression using colour, tone and a variety of crochet techniques

• Explore a number of approaches to utilise a printed image as a basis for crochet art

Teacher Profile

Scottish artist Jo Hamilton moved to Portland, Oregon in the early 1990s, after receiving her BFA in painting from the Glasgow School of Art. Her technique combines years of fine art practice with the craft of crochet which she learned as a child from her Gran, rendering traditional categories (portraiture, landscape, nudes) in a contemporary light. Her work has been widely shown in the U.S. as well as in Paris, Berlin and Stockholm, and belongs to museums and private collections in the US and worldwide.

Materials List

• Printed image of a human subject to work from with 2 extra copies if possible (this could be a photograph, a printed out jpeg, a reproduction of a painted portrait, a sketch or drawing, a magazine cutting, etc.)

• A selection of yarns in the colors, tones and textures that you think you will need to create a crocheted version of your source image. I use all kinds of yarn; cotton, acrylic, wool, rayon, silk, in all thicknesses and textures. A greater variety can be fun to work with and add interest to the piece. 

• A selection of crochet hooks of various sizes. I typically use hooks in the 3.25mm-4mm range, but do bring larger and smaller sizes if you want to use chunky yarn or crochet thread.

• Scissors

• Yarn needles if you like to sew in your ends (I don’t!).

Workshop Terms

While our fibre art workshops are usually held in the gallery's historically significant workshop space, the workshop venue may change according to the needs and wishes of the artist tutor. Likewise, the times of the workshops may vary depending on the type of workshop and its presentation.

Timeless Textiles Gallery will, at its own discretion, where a participant is unable to attend a fibre art workshop, an exchange or credit note will be made available or a refund of the  deposit or payment in accordance with the following Workshop Refund Policy.

Major commitments must be met, and in fairness to all, the policy concerning the refund is:
Cancellations 3 months prior to workshop date - refund 80% fees paid
Cancellations 2 months prior to workshop date- refund 50% fees paid.
Cancellations 1 month prior to workshop date- no refund.

Timeless Textiles Gallery


Timeless Textiles Gallery
90 Hunter Street, Newcastle NSW, Australia


03 Nov 2018 - 05 Nov 2018


09:30 AM - 04:30 PM





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Contemporary Crochet Portraiture with Jo Hamilton

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