Colour In Felt
Meet the Maker - Janice Hutchinson
What do you do?
Hello, my name is Janice. I live in County Durham surrounded by breath-taking countryside. My work is heavily influenced by the beauty of the pastures, flowers and coastline of North East England.
I am a textile artist, using the technique of wet and nuno felting. My love for embroidery came from my grandmother, who taught me to sew when I was child. It was much later in my life that I discovered ‘Painting with Wool’. Having had no formal art training, I combined felting; my love for embroidery and my passion for colour to create my unique, original artwork.
I am proud to source my Merino wool only from reputable suppliers. For my silks I recycle and reuse threads from sari silks and mulberry silk fibres.
My work is regularly displayed and sold in local shops and galleries. I enjoy local craft events, art shows, workshops and am constantly learning.
How did you get started?
My Grandmother taught me to embroider when I was a child. I went along to a little craft group and did a few weeks of needle felting - however I decided that I could combine embroidery as well. I then attended a course on how to make felt and Nuno Felting ( the addition of fabric to the felt) I now add silk fabric, fibres and other wool to my work.
Is this your full time job?
I retired from my previous jobs and am now officially retired. I do seem to work harder than I had planned as Felting became my passion. I have created a little business from this passion and sell my work in shops and galleries ion the North East as well as many pieces to USA, Canada , Australia and recently Hong Kong
Where do you create?
From my home - one of my bedrooms is now my craft room. However I migrate around the house with wool and embroidery thread much to the frustration of my long suffering husband Ian. Wet felting is quite rigorous so I create the actual felt in my kitchen on my long worktops.
Tea or coffee?
Tea - with cake. More importantly - with friends when as soon as we are allowed
Where is your favourite local place?
Palace Green beside Durham Cathedral. So beautiful and tranquil.