Colour In Felt

Meet the Maker - Janice Hutchinson

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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.