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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback with pocket and 1 pattern sheet
  • Publication: 05 July 2019
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782215783
  • Stock: Temporarily Out of Stock
  • Hurt Stock: £9.00 (3 available)
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 500
  • Pages: 160
  • RRP: £17.99
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Embroidered Country Gardens


Create beautiful hand-stitched floral designs inspired by nature by Lorna Bateman

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Book Description

Learn how to embroider all the elements of a typical English country garden and then apply your knowledge to create twelve exciting projects to keep or give as gifts.

Be inspired to embroider all the elements of an idyllic English country garden. Suitable for beginners as well as accomplished embroiderers, Lorna Bateman’s beautiful book includes 12 practical projects for you to make and adorn with exquisite floral motifs.

Lorna walks you through a variety of stitches including raised and textured stitches, teaching you to embroider individual flowers with them and how to incorporate these into an original garden motif. For the nature enthusiast, there is plenty to get excited about: an AZ of English garden flowers and how to stitch them; a section on stitching common garden insects; and how to embroider iconic garden imagery such as birdbaths and garden ornaments.

Roses are the archetypal cottage flower and Lorna describes how to incorporate a climbing rose, rose spray and standard rose in your designs.

Embroidered Country Gardens is peppered throughout with seeds of wisdom: invaluable hints and tips from the author to help you develop your own skills and unique style. As well as step-by-step instructions, there are also detailed photographs, outline template drawings and a fully illustrated AZ of stitches.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Tools and materials 8
Preparation 26
AZ of stitches 40
AZ of garden flowers 52
In my country garden 72
Designing your own garden 84
The projects 88
Wall art 94
Sewing bag 98
Glasses case 104
Magnifier cover 108
Needle case 112
Pencil case 116
Beginner’s pincushion 120
Pincushion 124
Scissor keeper 126
Tape measure cover 130
Thimble pip 134
Thread catcher 138
Finishing off your work 142
Patterns for tracing 152
Index 160

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About the Author

About Lorna Bateman

Lorna Bateman is passionate about embroidery, nature and teaching. She has been working full-time as an embroidery teacher and designer since 1989. Her teaching has taken her all over the UK, to her native South Africa, as well as Russia, France and the USA. In 2002, Lorna launched her own embroidery designs in kit form, available from her website Lorna lives near Alton in Hampshire, UK.


Indulge your love of nature and gardens with this beautiful book on hand embroidery.  You dont have to be a keen gardener to appreciate these lovely designs featuring gardens at their best, flowers and the creatures that live there.  This reminds me of the vintage embroidery transfers my mother had collected and with which I learned the craft as a child.  There is even a crinoline lady in the garden amid the buttonhole hollyhocks and French knot delphiniums!  But Ms Bateman has taken it farther than my old book showing basic freestyle stitches as she has introduced some stumpwork too as well as beads, covered washers, buttons, trapunto and needlelace.  This is very much a 21st century embroidery book that takes the traditional idealized garden worked in freestyle stitches and mixes it up a bit; this really brings it all to life.


Starting from the beginning you can discover how the author works and what tools and materials you need to obtain.  There is advice on buying needles, storing threads and binding a hoop as well as a section with staged photographs showing how to cover buttons and washers, transfer designs, pad designs to make them raised and more. It is all very well explained with clear diagrams and explanatory text accompanying the many photographs.  I like the way the best needle for each stitch is given, and there is even a section on perfecting those tricky bullion knots.  Following this section is one giving an A-Z of garden flowers, showing the most commonly grown varieties in embroidery and explaining how they are worked.  Roses get two whole pages all to themselves (most of the other flowers get a third of a page) and there are several different ways of working them using a variety of stitches.  Also shown are things and creatures found in a garden that you might want to add, from archways to trugs, insects and birds together with that crinoline lady.  Advice is given on how to design your own garden using very basic art materials like pens and coloured pencils.  The rest of the book contains twelve projects showing how you can decorate all kinds of items using the authors designs.  In place of the usual cushions and cards are some items embroiders would enjoy making and using including an ort bag, scissor keeper, pincushion, needle case and sewing bag.  My own favourite has to be the lovely clutch purse which doubles as a pencil case.  Each project has a list of what you need, photograph of the item in situ and pattern/diagram.  Instructions are text only in rather small print perhaps it is as well that there are patterns for a glasses case and magnifying glass!  Even a beginner can practice the stitches and techniques earlier in the book but the actual projects are aimed at intermediate level embroiderers who are also competent at making up items.  Instructions for doing this are also given, again text only.  This is a lovely book that certainly made me itch to start making that purse; one for the keeper shelf.


If you cannot find a good range of embroidery and needlecraft materials locally try for a list of suppliers.

Postcard Reviews

I am very passionate about embroidery, I think the art of stitching fabulous designs lie in the ways of the teacher.

Lorna Bateman both expertly explains and demonstrates the craft, and her 'pictures' come alive in this very, very beautiful book.

The photography is stunning, and with the addition of templates, you will quickly be able to sew an amazing project. It will be easy to become a master of embroidery with just this one book.

Embroidered Country Gardens lists all the tools you will need, it also gives you a comprehensive guide to needles.... if you thought there was only one kind think again!!

The stitches are in A-Z order and what I loved was that each stitch is given a visual diagram, a hint and tip box and an easy to understand explanation.

There are 12 projects, each one is perfect to practice your stitches and once again comes with specialist advice on getting a professional finish to your work.

This is a must have book, inspired by nature it is quite divine.

SEW Region Magazine (June 2019)

If you have ever been to one of Lorna Bateman's workshops then you will love this book. If you haven't then you are in for a treat.

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