About us

Originally from South Africa, Lorna has lived in the UK for almost 20 years where she works full time as a teacher and designer. Teaching and sharing her designs and embroidery techniques is Lorna’s passion. Her teaching has taken her all over the world including the French Alps, USA, South Africa, Russia and Ireland. She has just published her first book ‘Embroidered Country Gardens’ released by Search Press (summer 2019).

Lorna Bateman profile photo - Embroidery designer, teacher and authorShe loves all forms of 3-dimensional, raised and textured embroidery and tries to encompass as many of these in her designs as possible. Lorna has a passion for flowers and this shines through in all of her work. She is also an enthusiastic gardener and draws much of her inspiration from her thriving country garden.

Lorna lives and works from her picturesque cottage in rural Hampshire. Most of her stitching and hard work happens from her garden studio ‘The Nest’ accompanied by her faithful cat and watched on by the various feathery garden visitors.

You can find out more about Lorna in this exclusive podcast interview from Fiber Talk which can be listened to here.


Lorna has built up a curated collection of beautiful kits, threads and embroidery materials. These are available through the web shop. Here you will find a large range of designer embroidery kits and patterns, along with many of the materials needed to create these beautiful designs. Shop from a carefully selected range of Chameleon threads, silk ribbons from River Silks, pincushions and haberdashery. We stock designs suitable for complete beginners all the way through to experienced embroiders looking for a more challenging project.


We pride ourselves on our high-end quality and finish. You’ll find full kits as well as printed or digital PDF patterns. Lorna works alongside her fellow ex-pat sister Helen who helps manage the business, and assistant Elizabeth who packs and ships orders all around the world. Lorna’s husband Jos is also on-hand to support with behind the scenes technical help!

Unfortunately we don’t have an actual shop that you can visit, except by appointment only. Please get in touch if you wish to visit.

Treat someone special

Not sure what to buy the embroiderer in your life? Our gift vouchers make the perfect present as they can be used towards workshops, kits, patterns or materials, both online and at events.