Jane Withers is a knitted textile artist/maker, developing contemporary fabrics with traditional techniques using hand and industrial knitting machines. After graduating from Nottingham Trent University in 1995 with a first class knitwear degree she worked in design studios for knitted textile companies and in 2003 began a textile practice at home and developed a range of contemporary knitted fabrics using domestic knitting machines and, subsequently, Janie Knitted Textiles was established in 2005 with her partner Michael Hanmer.
In their studio at Welbeck, they hand make knitted products for interiors and fashion together with a lighting range, commissions from individuals and collaborations with interior designers. The creative work in their practice is a direct response to environmental colours, textures and sustainable materials. They enjoy developing concepts and ideas challenging conventions in knitted textiles and champion the use of British wool and suppliers