Artist profile: Jessica van der Hilst

Jessica van der Hilst is an Australian craft fanatic who believes in the value of gifts that can be made with your own two hands. She is an avid maker willing to try anything at least once. Some of the art and craft styles in which Jessica works include:

  • Crochet
  • Filet crochet
  • Sewing
  • Graphic design
  • Desktop publishing
  • Bookbinding
  • Scrapbooking
  • Embroidery
  • Cross stitch

  • Bobbin lace
  • Shuttle lace
  • Papercutting
  • Origami
  • Toymaking
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Millinery
  • Clay modelling/sculpting 

World leader in filet crochet portraiture, Jessica van der Hilst. 
Jessica first began designing filet crochets portraits in 2010. Her first design, a 400x300 mesh filet crochet portrait of herself and her siblings, was a Christmas gift project for her parents. The finished project, which required approximately 1,080,000 individual stitches to complete (not counting rows undone and redone when she caught an error), now has pride of place the lounge room of her parents' coastal home. You can see a photo of the finished project below, taken prior to framing.

Jessica has developed an online tutorial to help others get started in filet crochet portraiture. "What's the point of learning something if you can't share it with others?" is Jessica's philosophy. Check out the tutorial here >>

In November 2012 Jessica completed another Christmas gift - bringing the pattern she created in the above linked tutorial to life.

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1 comment:

  1. Dear Jessica,
    I have searched hours on the net, when I found your page.It is amazing your writing about transforming a photo into filet crochet!!
    I'd like to make something much simpler, but I don't know how?(by the way I do crafting for a Donkey Fundraising in England they save hundrds of donkeys in the world)
    Well, I have a nice donkey chart, and want to tranfer it into my grid, which is 47 cases long and 37 cases high.
    How should I do that?
    Thank very much if you could help me, kind regards: Ildikó
    (my sculptures you can see: