Hali Camper on Jul 17, 2016
A super fun little kit! I haven't done much needlework that wasn't counted cross stitch and this was approachable without being boring. I finished stitching it today and I'm so pleased.
Country cottage - a childhood dream!
2016 - UPDATE! GREAT EXCITEMENT - at last my own purpose built studio in the garden to house my business, which has got to the stage where we are using 4 rooms in our house - pictures to follow when we move in in May. Pinching myself!
As the daughter of a British father, I grew up In South Africa romanticising about my British roots and dreaming of one day living in a cottage, in the country, in England. Little did I know!
In 1999, I decided to emigrate from South Africa, where I had taught for a number of years, to the United Kingdom on my own with my 3 sons. Six months after I made the decision, we were on our way.
Starting a new life and determined to succeed, I set up my business back in 2001 after my mother suddenly passed away and the bottom appeared to have fallen out of my world - so a real uphill battle and a challenge to start with!
With the help of two software developers in the family ('newly met' partner and eldest son), I set up my website and started selling simple kits for beginners, who wish to try their hand at textured and 3-dimensional embroidery.
What was a passion for teaching and designing has become a full time business. I love what I do so much it does not feel like a real job!! - both the creating of the designs and the thrill of teaching and getting feedback are so rewarding. Whoever says 'bored' has never tried to stitch - it has kept me sane through many trials and tribulations! It has also taken me to many exciting destinations like Russia and France, as well as all over the United Kingdom and down many new and exciting paths. Etsy has been one of the cherries on the top - my son's idea!
The boys of course have recently all flown the coop so I am left to stitch in peace!
As for my partner - or boyfriend as you will! - well we recently celebrated 14 years together, having bought our current cottage jointly nearly 7 years ago. Another adventure too - one of restoration and repair.
A dream realised!
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Owner, Designer, Creator
Teacher and designer! I am first and foremost a teacher, hence the reasoning behind designing a range of kits to introduce hand embroidery of various types to beginners, as well as those more skilled. I design as well as pack and market my kits.
Assistant, Finance Manager
Helen is my very dear sister, friend and wise business counsellor! She helps me pack orders and kits and keeps an eye on my finances, something which I am not good at and she excels at! We have great fun doing shows together - simply a rock!
Jenny Jones is a dear friend, qualified in design and textiles, who helps me pack kits in her spare time. With her knowledge we are assured a quality end product beautifully packed.
Find lornabateman22 at the following upcoming markets!
Festival of Quilts
National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Pendigo Way
Birmingham, West Midlands
A huge expo of quilts and related craft. We will be on our needlecraft stand demonstrating every day. Come and join us!
The Knitting & Stitching Show
Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way
London, Greater London
An exhibition of needle artists of all descriptions. Wonderfull display of work and many shops selling related items.
I offer many of my kits with an alternative colour or type of fabric so do read the description well and let me know if you do not want the colour fabric as seen in the picture or detailed in materials.
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