Official Opening

Monday 29th July 10.00am
Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

Come help us kick up our hooves as we toast (with a cuppa) those who bring us the warmest and fuzziest week of the year.

Please RSVP by Friday 27 July to the Catering Crew:
Coral on 0409 958 795 or Rhonda on 0409 537 141

Artist in Residence

Annette Fitton

Friday 26 – Tuesday 30 July
Hamilton Performing Arts Centre

Our very first official Woolly Artist in Residence made possible by through the Regional Arts Fund – baaarilliant!

The PAC verandah and forecourt will play host to an installation of Annette’s lace knitting and bicycle tyres, along with a nightly projection of crochet motifs and rural soundscape.

Drive or walk by for a look and listen until Wednesday 7th August.

The Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund is provided through Regional Arts Australia, administered in Victoria by Regional Arts Victoria.

Artist Chat
Tuesday 30 July, 10.30am
Hamilton Performing Art Centre

Annette will chat about her knitting and crochet journey and about being part of the Melbourne street art scene. Her works have been a part of Hosier and AC/DC Lanes and Federation Square installations. Annette along with her yarn-bombing posse The GladRappers have also been frequent installation artists for Melbourne’s White Night and The Johnston Collection.

Free Entry

Pretty Holey Knitting:
Knitted Lace Workshop
Sunday 28 July, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Hamilton Performing Art Centre

Annette will guide knitters with basic/ intermediate experience to read charts and knit lace. Annette will unravel various lace techniques and the knitty gritty behind them on the day. Participants will leave with a knowledge of lace knitting that empowers them to explore the technique for themselves. The wool supplied for the workshop is from Tarndie – Historic Homestead at Warncoort.

Tickets:  $50/ $40 conc.

Max participants: 10

Two Faces Have Eyes: Reversible Knitted Faces Workshop
Monday 29 July, 6.00pm – 9.00pm
Hamilton Performing Art Centre

The goal of this workshop is to challenge knitters to add something new to their repertoire. Double knitting produces the same pattern on both sides of the finished piece. Annette’s signature is her quirky knitted face scarf and participants will be able to leave with a simple face and know how to further their exploration of this technique. The wool supplied for this workshop is from the Bendigo Woollen Mills.

Tickets:  $50/ $40 conc.

Max participants: 10

Woolcraft Walk

Gray St Hamilton
Monday 29 July – Friday 30 August

Back again in its de-pilled recycled capacity! Our woolly beautiful parking meter covers are out of the mothballs for another year. A living knitting catalogue in beautiful shades and styles from #woollyposse members past and present.

We’ve also added a few new crocheted tree collars this year to the freshly-coiffed CBD trees.

And look out for the Pete the Sheep themed shop window displays!


Cook Walk Hamilton
Monday 29 July – Friday 30 August
This installation was created by Southern Stay residents during a 2017 collaboration. (

The tube was made on a specially crafted 12 peg knitting Nancy constructed on commission by a very talented member of the Hamilton Woodturners Group.

Corriedale Lane Hamilton
Monday 29 July – Friday 30 August
This is a food-flavoured laneway with many thanks to the Hamilton Pocket Garden Committee and the Granny Knitwits. Look for warmly dressed statues, bees on a honey drive and knitted fruit and veg. A delightful selection of installations!

Tapestry Exhibition

Performing Arts Centre
Monday 29 July – Saturday 3 August
10.00am – 5.00pm daily

Wander through the PAC to find and marvel at the size and variety of a selection tapestries from the Collection of the Hamilton Art Gallery. We’re woolly excited to see The Kossatz Hamilton Wool Tapestry, designed by artist Les Kossatz (1943-2011) again. It was commissioned by the 1984 Hamilton Heritage Festival Committee to celebrate Victoria’s 150th Anniversary.

Yarding the Mob

Community Art Installation
Monday 29 July – Saturday 3 August 10.00am – 5.00pm daily
Hamilton Performing Art Centre

Participants were asked to use a woolcraft technique of their choosing to create a panel to be attached to portable wooden sheep yards.

Everyone was given the same loose instructions: to create a panel inspired by Western District farming life, or by our theme book – Pete the Sheep. And so much variation is returned to us as a finished product!

This year the community art project was well supported locally, with many familiar faces joining us for the fifth time. In all we had 39 makers/ groups contributing to the full complement of 50 panels.

The project also reached beyond the shire boundary with EOIs coming in from as far afield as Colac, Linton, Dunolly, Port Fairy, Portland and Casterton. Welcome to the Posse!

Don’t forget to pick up a copy of the catalogue for the story behind each panel.

Free entry. Catalogue: $5.00

Knit One, Read One

@ The Hub, Hamilton
Tuesday 30 July, 10.30am – 1.00pm

This year we are woolly proud to be partnering with Beyond the Bell – a regional initiative working to improve rates of early years literacy.

On Tuesday 30 July they’ll be taking over The Hub, with a rollicking rolling morning program of woolly storytime and children’s craft activities, featuring storyteller Claire Jennings.

Drop in to the Hamilton Library for a detailed program.


Reading with Children Workshop
Tuesday 30 July, 1.00pm – 2.00pm

Claire Jennings, storyteller and early years literacy educator, will present tips and techniques for reading with young children and why it is so important.

Workshop bookings
Call the Greater Hamilton Library on (03) 5573 0470.

Creative Write-It

Short Story Workshop for Teen
Monday 29 July, 4.00pm – 5.30pm
Tuesday 30 July, 4.00pm – 5.30pm
Greater Hamilton Library

The Creative Write-It team (Melbourne) will host 2 workshops for budding young writers with a passion for words. These 1.5 hour workshops will cover the basics of short fiction and guide young writers towards completing an original story.

Free, but spaces are limited (book early!) Age group: 12-16 years.

Workshop bookings:
Greater Hamilton library on (03) 5573 0470

Library Storytime

Pre-School Storytime
Jackie Kerin
Wednesday 31 July, 10.30am
Hamilton Library, Brown St

Festival favourite Jackie Kerin is taking over library storytime for one day only! Calling all pre-schoolers, parents, and grandparents for a magical morning of stories.

No booking required.

Story Skills for Business

Storytelling Workshop
Kate Lawrence
Wednesday 31 July, 9.00am – 11.00am
Hamilton Performing Art Centre

Storytelling is the new presentation skills! Kate Lawrence has 25+ years experience in law, community engagement, facilitation, coaching, speaking, and of course storytelling. Her business story skills workshops are designed to help you tell ýour story in a more engaging and meaningful way.

Tickets:$50 Limited places 

Let Me Tell You a Story

Storytelling for Grownups:
Kate Lawrence & Jackie Kerin
Wednesday 31 July, 7.30pm
Hamilton Performing Art Centre

(PACked Stage gig)

Two of Australia’s pre-eminent storytellers Jackie Kerin and Kate Lawrence will light up the PAC with a spellbinding night of stories old and new – just for the grownups!

Sit back and relax at this very special performance.
Tickets: $25/ $20 conc.

the PAC Casserole Tea @

Meet the Posse!
Thursday 1 August, 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Hamilton Performing Art Centre

Curious about the Posse? Wondering who they are? Here’s your chance to meet the makers and quiz them about their involvement. Who made what?
Get a glimpse into the wonderful community that we manage to grow each year and see what makes us all keep doing it. We are having a good oldfashioned caserole tea at the local Hamilton Hall ((Hamilton Performing Arts Centre).
Bring a caserole and join us for a woolly fabulous community dinner. It’ll be a relaxed fun evening for old and young, and who knows – we may even have a surprise guest!
Please RSVP by 30 July to the Catering Crew:
Coral on 0409 958 795, or Rhonda on 0409 537 141.

A Woolly Barry Little Christmas

A Barry Morgan Special
Friday 2 August, 8.00pm
Hamilton Performing Art Centre

Hello shoppers! It’s time to wash away the winter blues with a little mid-year yule – Morgan Organ style!
Australia’s favourite organ salesman, Barry Morgan will put a smile on ya dial. For one night only in Hamilton, come and enjoy a Christmas party with a difference and lots of organ to boot.
Bring Nanna, bring your best ugly jumpers, Barry will bring the Bex!

Tickets:$35/ $30 conc (ugly jumpers encouraged

Great! Youth Market

Community 4 Youth Saturday Market
Saturday 3 August, 10.00am – 2.00pm
Hamilton Performing Art Centre

Quality hand-crafted gifts for sale, all created by students from across the Southern Grampians.

Live music and more!

Proudly supported by the Woolly West Fest, Freeza, and Western District Health Service.

Free entry!


Cafe Catalpa, Tarrington
24th July – 11th August
Wednesday to Saturday 9.00am -5.oopm
Sunday 9.00am – 5.00pm

Q-wool-itea A Tea Cosie Exhibition by Becky Morton
About 10 years ago I bought Loani Prior’s book, Wild Tea Cosies and it inspired me to start knitting tea cosies. After reproducing several of her designs I started creating my own designs. “Ideas for my original tea cosies come from many sources; finding a nice tea pot in the local Opp Shop, suggestions or requests from friends, or seeing something that I think I can translate to a tea cosy.” Becky Morton

Unconventional High Tea by Rebecca Hill
Keeping things free and wild allowing the canvas to come to life. With each progressing layer the canvas soon starts to take on a more realistic style with detailed brush strokes. Particular attention is paid to the eyes of the animal early in the painting process, as they capture the soul of the animal and bring it all together.
Rebecca Hill (BexArt Studio)