Embroidery in the Alps

I’m back on home soil after an amazing ten days teaching and stitching in the picturesque French Alps with The Alpine Experience. I was so happy to be back and delighted to be teaching such a lovely group.

I teach on the Alpine Experience twice a year and have been going for many years now. The classes are full of loads of laughter and fun. The accommodation is beautiful (very traditional), our hosts Nadine and Mark are exemplary and the food is outstanding! We always have plenty of adventures in addition to our embroidery classes, with outings to the surrounding areas.

On this trip we had a day out to Chamonix on Saturday, where a few of us went up Mont Blanc in the cable cars and the lift/elevator to nearly 4000 metres. My student Jane and I even stepped into The Void (Jane holding my hand!)! Never say never! It was a gloriously sunny day, with flowers blooming everywhere and the view was breathtaking.

A few days later we visited the charming city of Annecy where once again retail therapy was the order of the day! There are plenty of quirky little shops to visit and scrumptious crafty havens. I came home with a new set of tassel makers (even though I have a different set at home!), needs must! We also saw a fascinating demonstration of a Japanese style folded fabric bag that we all just had to buy the strap to complete our own at home with!

Time to stitch

I offer a variety of projects on the retreats, so there are many projects on the go over the week. My sheep are always popular! Everyone works very hard, with many of the ladies stitching long into the evening. It’s a great opportunity to practice new techniques and expand your embroidery skill set. 

I hope this post and the photos give you an idea of the flavours of this wonderful experience, where I am very privileged to teach.

Lorna Bateman helping a student on the Alpine Experience

Photo by Alpine Experience

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