Lorna Bateman

I have been teaching for over 30 years now in related fields of 3-dimensional and textured hand embroidery and have designed my own range of kits for 20 years. I work full-time as an embroidery teacher and designer and have done so since 1989.
I enjoy working with a variety of threads and silk ribbons to achieve a raised and textured effect in my work. I love experimenting with a number of different embroidery techniques, including ribbon embroidery, stumpwork, crazy patchwork, painting on fabric, canvaswork and applique. I am passionate about colour and about nature and often use flowers and landscapes as sources of inspiration.
I have lived in the UK for the past 19 years, having originated from South Africa. My teaching has taken me all over the UK, South Africa, Russia, France and the USA.

I have had my work featured and published in a numbers of publications, including Stitch (UK) and Australian Inspirations, amongst many others. I have appeared on Justhands-On-TV and also on Hochanda craft channel. My book, Embroidered Country Gardens, was published in July of 2019 and released in French in 2020.
Teaching is my passion! My goal is to try and encourage people to try as many different forms of embroidery as possible, using a kit as an aid to move onto working and experimenting with their own designs. I love working with beginners and reaping the rewards of their enjoyment.



Christine Ward

"Don't really know where to start or what to say. Your hospitality is second to none. You are amazing. From the minute I arrived until the minute I left everything was taken care of.
Before I came I was little apprehensive but having stayed with you I feel so great now.

Lorna is the best tutor I have been to in a workshop. She is so good at demonstrating all the different stitches etc. even I as a novice came away feeling quite happy with my project.
Apart from the fact she is such a lovely person. So patient and kind. It was one to one tuition and we all learned so much.

Thank you also for the outings. That really made it a holiday along with the workshop. Great memories". 

Jane Cornish

Lorna is such a good teacher and lovely person, she gives of her time so generously with patience and encouragement. Lorna is so creative, love her work, a very talented lady, she inspires me to think beyond what I have done by guiding me in on how to achieve ideas. Cannot think of anyway in which she could do things better. Well done Lorna.

Jeannine Bennett

I thoroughly enjoyed my recent two weeks being taught one to one with Lorna. I have taken many various courses in the past and can can honestly say she is one of the best
teachers I have had. She is unfailingly patient and maintains very high standards and has a very polite way of asking one to re-do a piece of work if it does not reach her standards. I found her to be truly inspirational and she has taught me to look at my garden and surroundings with new eyes.

Marita Zurkin

When I first saw Lorna Bateman's embroidery on Pinterest I instantly fell in love with it. So when I found out that she is teaching classes I was very much interested in taking them. But when I found out that she is teaching her classes at a retreat in the French Alps I immediately enrolled. Her 10 day classes were well beyond my expectations. Lorna is a professional teacher that adds very much to her embroidery classes. I learned many stitching techniques from her, completed my project, enjoyed beautiful nature of the Alps, lovely company of my fellow embroiderers, exquisite cuisine and absolutely wonderful chalet staff. Lorna is a talented teacher and artistic person with excellent taste. She is also a very hard working person. Not a minute of the class time had been wasted. I already miss this wonderful time in the Alps and would like to come back next year.

Elke Davis

I have known Lorna for quite a few years and she has taught several courses for our local embroidery group. She is one of our favourite tutors. Lorna is one of the best hand embroiderers I know and an excellent tutor. She is very patient and manages to give confidence to even the most diffident students and gives her students a lot of encouragement. Her designs are very attractive and the quality of her kits and threads is very good. I would recommend her classes to anyone interested in embroidery.

Mary Relf

Lorna is an amazing teacher, able to clearly express and demonstrate a technique. Her designs are quite beautiful. She is also a truly delightful person who makes everyone welcome and at their ease. She is warm, kind, empathic and approachable; and also great fun. She goes above and beyond for her students.
My week with Alpine-experience was a real holiday. The cuisine was amazing and everyone at the chalet was so warm, friendly and welcoming, even lending me a hot water bottle and a jumper when I was cold. We were very well looked after and didn't have to think, or plan as outings were organised and your every need catered for. The organisation is efficient, the chalet spotless and it's a constructive, creative break I highly recommend.

Jilly Turner

Lorna is a very nice person and a wonderful teacher, with great attention to detail. She is very very helpful and encouraging to all her students. Her work is absolutely exquisite. Her kits are incredibly beautifully packaged and contain everything needed to complete the project. An absolute delight and thoroughly recommended!!