NX005 - Jane Sanders

NeedleXChange: Jane Sanders

NeedleXChange - Conversations on the art of thread

Welcome to NeedleXChange, conversations on the art of thread. It’s our podcast in which Jamie “Mr X Stitch” Chalmers talks with needlework and textile artists about their practice and process.

Our fifth episode is with Jane Sanders.

Jane Sanders, also known as Stitchin In The Kitchen, has made a name for herself with her machine embroidered, mixed media pop portraits. 

Jane Sanders - Johnny Rotten
Jane Sanders – Johnny Rotten

We have featured Jane on this site several times and the only thing that is better than her work is her enthusiasm for what she does. This truly is the work she is meant to make!

Jane Sanders - Kate Bush (2022)
Jane Sanders – Kate Bush (2022)

You can enjoy the show on YouTube below, and you’ll get to see more of her work while we chat…

Jane’s hippie punk foundations underpin her artistic mindset and, among other things, we talk about the joy of communal art projects and the challenges of commissioned work.

Jane Sanders - Jimi Hendrix
Jane Sanders – Jimi Hendrix


  • 00:00 – Intro
  • 02:30 – Keeping It Real
  • 05:30 – Jane’s back story
  • 10:30 – Jane’s technique
  • 19:00 – Fan culture
  • 25:00 – The Lee “Scratch” Perry portrait
  • 30:00 – The Paul McCartney portrait
  • 33:00 – Jane’s sewing machine
  • 38:00 – The “Husband Dave” portrait
  • 41:00 – Tips for making portraits
  • 44:00 – Jane’s business model
  • 49:00 – Artists that Jane admires
  • 55:00 – Favourite book
  • 56:00 – Favourite film
  • 57:00 – Favourite album
  • 01:02:00 – The most interesting thing no one knows about Jane Sanders


About NeedleXChange:

NeedleXChange is a conversation podcast with embroidery and textile artists, exploring their process and practice. Hosted by Jamie “Mr X Stitch” Chalmers, it is an in-depth showcase of the best needlework artists on the planet.

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Don’t forget our other episodes of NeedleXChange, which you find here!

  • NeedleXChange: Cas Holmes
  • NeedleXChange: Emma Homent
  • NeedleXChange: Dr. Jack Roberts

*talking about himself in the third person again!

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