Jane Jackson

Print, Textile

Although needle felted, Jane’s original Harris Tweed pictures could be easily considered as paintings. For Jane, it all started with a rag-rugging course but then the purchase of felting needles got Jane hooked on “painting” with this fabulous fabric.

Needle-felting is a popular technique with fleece and rovings but Jane discovered that she could dry felt it into intricate works of art.

She started with a seascape and local scenes then came animals and flowers. Jane has recently added more generic landscapes, sometimes quite abstract. “I can let rip with the colours and textured yarns,” she says.

Each original piece takes 30 to 40 hours to complete. “My favourite part of the process is the planning and cutting stage, when I get to choose all the various tweeds I’m going to use for that particular piece.” The work is gradually built up in layers with hand-held needles before being finished with an embellishing machine, which has 12 felting needles. Finer details are then added in unravelled tweed and other yarns.

Jane lives and works in Alnwick, Northumberland.