Jo Cohen

Jo Cohen
Class Subject: Fiber Arts: Creative Crochet with Jo Cohen


There is nothing I won’t at least attempt to learn to do or make!


I learned to crochet when I was about 6 or 7 years old. Hippies were wearing long hair, love beads and granny square vests and ponchos. I learned to sew by hand because I couldn’t afford straight jeans when they suddenly became all the rage after years of massive bell bottoms. I received a sewing machine as a high school graduation gift. Embarking on my journey into FIT and a substantial modeling career I found my college best friend who is now what could be known as the most notable knitter in the Midwest…wildly popular with the yarn crowd. Living on my own I shopped the Salvation Army Stores before it was in style to do that sort of thing. I bought furniture and clothing. I learned to fix and repurpose……everything. I bought latex paint in shades of white probably right about the time Anne Sloane was doing the same and trying to think up a better way. When I couldn’t find the metal findings I needed for my crochet projects I took a jewelry and metalsmithing class to learn to make it myself. After years of making I have the beginnings of a lifestyle business, Sawmill Camerretti…painted furniture, crochet and knitted accessories and housewares, refurbished vintage lamps and all sorts of re-loved pieces that need a new life. I’m a lifelong maker. Although I’m new here at the Art League, I’ve been teaching crochet formally for two years having passed two round of rigorous testing to become a certified crochet teacher. At the retail level I sell exclusively through Nest on Main in Northport. I thank my grandmother (my mom’s mom) for passing the maker gene down to her daughters and then to me. I thank the universe for surrounding me with wonderful people and letting me pass my maker’s knowledge on to you.

Member of Crochet Guild of America
Certified Teacher with the Craft Yarn Council
Member American Craft Council

Teaching Mission and Goal:

I always hope to engage a student in such a way as to have them become a lifelong crafter. I truly believe my job as a craft teacher is to have the student fall in love with a craft as much as I love it. I take the frustration of learning something new out of the process. I don’t hold knowledge back, I want my students to know as much as I do about the craft and have a deep understand of the learning process so that they can not only be a crafter but if they choose to be a designer as well.